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Sunday, September 9, 2012

55th H.S. Class of 1957 Reunion - Coon Rapids, Iowa

55th H.S. Class of 1957 Reunion
Coon Rapids, Iowa

On Sep 7-8-9 Nancy and I were in Iowa to attend our 55th High School Class of 1957 Reunion - we were in the same class together, of course. I didn't take as many photos as I sometimes do, so some of them aren't as good as I sometime get, but these I have are pretty neat!

Probably the biggest surprise, for us, was getting to meet the daughter of our good friend in High School, Marcia Textor, who died in a car crash in 1972 (her obituary is as the end of the 2nd link, above), when her daughter, Melinda, was 2 years old.

Here are Nancy and Melinda early in the evening. Later, they had a chance to really exchange memories of Marcia.

 Melinda came to our reunion with Marcia's sister, Sue Textor Carl. It was really neat to talk to her, as well. [She was in my brother Jim's class; they had their 50th reunion the prior weekend!]

Here Sue is talking to Andy Kretzinger.

When the class members lined up for a class picture, Melinda was kind enough to take some on my camera. Here were the four that came out best - we each had trouble standing still all at the same time!  ;-)

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From left: Marilyn Anderson Taylor; Madelyn Kraft Forehand; Bill Nye; Ruth Anderson Jensen; Andy Kretzinger; Dennis Ford; Doug Drake; Bill Smith; Dick Whitefield; Gary Hoover; Nancy Bolger Smith; Jerry Scott; Larry Turner; Alice Christy Williams, Gerald Palmer

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Photo 1

There were several other visitors from other classes ('55-'60 or so) - here are a couple of those, I didn't get them all...

Bob Whitten ('59) with Gary Hoover:

Peggy Troutman and her husband with Bill Nye, on right.

Dennis, Dick and Nancy just after the class photos were taken... before dinner...

About the same time, Larry Turner and Alice Christy Williams. Alice was good enough to coordinate the reunion (Ruth helped her, arranging the caterer, among other things). Alice had a short program after dinner.

Here are Marilyn and Nancy

During the program, Dennis Ford got a 'door prize' for being the oldest (no photo); Jerry Scott won for both the 'youngest' and for traveling the furthest this time - thus, the 'pacifier' and the 'motorcyle.'

Andy Kretzinger, and his wife, Kathy (left), received the 'rabbit' stuffed animal for having the most combined children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

This part of the reunion in these photos was on Saturday evening, at the Country Club at the Coon Rapids Golf Course. On Friday night, some of us gathered for supper at the Coon Bowl III (no photos). On Sunday, another mix of folks were invited to Lake Panorama for brunch and a boat ride (we came home).

If others have posted photos, I hope they will leave a link in the comments!  ;-)

A good time had by all!  ;-) See you all, and more, we hope, in five years!  ;-)


Annette Lamb said...

Sounds like you had a great time. This was my 35th High School reunion year, but no one planned a get together. I guess they're waiting for 40!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Our class skipped several of those years in there, as well, actually! ;-)

Allison said...

We've had a busy reunion year!! with my 30th too!!!

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

For sure... watch for this again in 5 years! ;-)