55th Class Reunion Social

On Friday. June 14th, our first social was held at Packard's Rooftop, 210 NW 10th.  This is a "Social Fun Time" for '64 classmates and our extended friends.  No cover; buy your own drinks and food.  Kriston (Harry) Vermillion was the organizer, and she needs to be thanked for her efforts.



We discovered that classmate Anita Lynn Ketchum (Jones), 67, of Oakton, Va., died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.  No further information is available/



Linda Carol Hill passed away unexpectively on January 23, 2019.  She was living in Pocatello, Idaho.  Her Obit can be found at:





In the early hours of March 28, 2019, Rudolph Irvine Greer, Jr. (Rudy to most, but Rig to family) left this world surrounded by his family after battling lung cancer.  Rig was born December 4, 1945 in Victoria, Texas to Rudolph Irvine Greer, Sr. (“Ponto” to his grandchildren) and Dorothy Bernis Greer (“Babe” to most). 

Rig was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 1964.  He then attended Oklahoma State University, where he received a Bachelor Arts in 1969, followed by a Master of Science in Economics in 1972.  Rig also served as an Airman 3C in the Air National Guard. In 1967, he married his college sweetheart, Nancy Kay Street, and they raised two daughters together.

Rig spent thirty-four years serving his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, working for seven different deans during his tenure, first as Assistant to the Dean of the College of Business Administration (later the Spears School of Business) and eventually as Director of Planning and Operations. He was integral in establishing the Tulsa Business Forum that helped increase OSU’s presence in the business community. Friends and family describe Rig as humble, loyal, reliable, and kind.  His colleagues knew him as a dependable, analytical problem-solver who was ready to jump in and help whenever and wherever needed. 

He was a man who approached life with a quiet determination and who loved spending time with his family and friends.  In retirement, Rig and Nancy enjoyed cruising the world with friends, hosting numerous block parties at their home in Fairview, Texas, and participating in any activity they could do with their five grandchildren. Rig was passionate about his commitment to delivering Meals on Wheels through Allen Outreach, a service he was determined to keep providing even as he was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.  He found pleasure in simple things like watching the birds in his yard, working Sudoku puzzles, and taking golf cart rides through the neighborhood with his steadfast dog, Jaz.  

Rig is survived by his loving wife of nearly 53 years, Nancy Kay Greer; daughters Laura Gay Greer of Dallas; Courtney Greer Naismith and husband David of Chapel Hill, NC; grandchildren Alexander Greer Naismith, John Spencer Naismith, William Henry Naismith, Claire Harriet Naismith, and Elizabeth Kay Greer; brother Robert James Greer, Sr. and wife Lacey of Newport Coast, CA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He was a good man who will be missed by all who knew him. 

A service to celebrate Rig’s life will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Creekwood United Methodist Church in Fairview, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Allen Outreach Center or Susan G. Komen, North Texas


First Lunch in a While

A lunch meeting was scheduled for thrusday February 21th at 1:00 PM at the BJ’s off I 40 and Council Road (OKC Outlets).  We may try this location again in the future.



John Ewin Durrett Jr.

April 16, 1946 - Jan. 30, 2019  

John Ewin Durrett Jr., of Edmond, OK, was born on April 16, 1946, in Texarkana, AR. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wylene Durrett, of Edmond; two daughters, Emily Neeld and son-in-law James Neeld, of Leawood, KS; and Jessica Jones and son-in-law Matthew Jones, of Oklahoma City; five granddaughters, Sophia Neeld, Phoebe Neeld, Chloe Neeld, Adeline Jones, and Eloise Jones; mother, Edna Durrett, of Edmond; sister, Dinah Beattie and brother-in-law Jeremy Beattie; six nephews and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, John Ewin Durrett Sr. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City Monday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.


Breakfast Meeting

On December 8th, a breakfast meeting was held at The Runway Cafe, Wiley Post Airport.  Attending were Ken Newman, Bill James and Bill Chaple. Great conversations and remembrances.  We are going to try to schedule more on the regular basis.



Dr. Robert Wallace King, Jr.

August 27, 1946 - November 27, 2018
Dr. Robert W. King, Jr., better known as “Rusty”, died on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, after a short illness. He was born on August 27, 1946, the son of Dr. Robert W. King, Sr. and Evalyn Lou Lowry King.
He was a long-time resident of Oklahoma City, attending Northwest Classen High School, graduating in the class of 1964. He attended Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1971, and completed a Residency in Internal Medicine, also a Fellowship in Nephrology, at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA.
He returned to Oklahoma City where he practiced nephrology at Associates in Internal Medicine at St. Anthony Hospital, the hospital in which he was born, and where he was also Director of Medical Education. He was a volunteer faculty member for the OU School of Medicine and was honored by the medical students by being one of three nominated for the prestigious Aesculapian Award for excellence in teaching. He was very proud the day he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was instrumental in bringing organ transplants to OKC, and helped develop the UNOS organ distribution system. He was also one of the original founders of LifeShare organ sharing network, which still operates in Oklahoma City. In 1998 he moved to New Orleans, LA, where he worked as a National Medical Director for United Healthcare.
He returned to Oklahoma City in 2007, where he focused his skills and talents on those in need. His passion for service included volunteering on the board of the Bridge House recovery center in New Orleans, volunteering his medical services at the Little Flower Clinic in Oklahoma City and numerous other civic activities.
From a personal perspective, Rusty was a voracious reader and avid writer of many books including “Lord”, “Fishing with John”, and the very humorous “Floating Fauna.” He was a remarkable historian who delved deeply into tracing his family’s genealogy, tracing it back to the beginning of time. He had an immense passion for music, including writing and performing. His music has been immortalized in a recording which in typical humorous fashion he entitled “Live from the Laundry Room”. His outdoor passions included golf and fishing, especially in the bayou marsh waters of Lafitte, Louisiana.
His sometimes quiet personality was complimented by his astounding intellect, wonderful sense of humor, and unwavering love for others. There was no end to his clever and witty quips. He was often referred to as “The smartest person I have ever met”, a true Cowboy, a hero to many, extremely honest with integrity like no other, and he would often use a funny-dry “one-liner” to make a point. He was incredibly deep thinking, but often would make smart decisions in a “blink of an eye.”
Overall, he will be remembered as a wonderful teacher, mentor, friend, father, and husband. He shared a deeply personal letter with his daughters that conveyed his sentiments on life, including:
“Sip the nectar of life - don’t gulp it down”…”Treat all people with dignity”…”Form your base values and refuse to compromise them”…”Innovation is born from curiosity”…and “Love is not something you do. Love is something that happens when the environment is ripe. It is like a flower. You cannot make a flower bloom, but you can prevent it from blooming if you don’t create the right environment. Above all, love is what makes life good. Love of another person, love of pets, love of family and friends. Always strive to create the right environment for love to blossom and persist. It is good to be loved by others. It is even better to be able to love others. -Dad”
He was steadfastly true to his values, which he held in the highest regard. His mantra for life and core values are described excellently in the following quote from the book “Civilization”:
“ I hold a number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest intellects of our time. I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves. I also hold one or two beliefs that are more difficult to put shortly. For example, I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people's feelings by satisfying our own egos. And I think we should remember that we are part of a great whole. All living things are our brothers and sisters. Above all, I believe in the God-given genius of certain individuals, and I value a society that makes their existence possible.”― Kenneth Clark, Civilisation
Rusty was preceded in death by his parents, his youngest sister, Lisa King Brashear. Survivors include his wife of almost forty years, Jeanne Ann King, M.D., his daughters, Anna King Clark and her husband Bob Clark, Betsy Lowry King, and Emyay Emily Margaret King. Also surviving are his sisters, Sheryl King Jacobs and her husband Robert, Rebecca Schneider and her husband Kevin Gilliland.
Rusty King was a truly amazing husband, Dad, doctor, teacher, writer, fisherman, alligator hunter, he helped so many in their career paths, and was so very proud of “his girls.”
He will be loved and remembered forever for all the love he gave to those around him in his life.
For those who would like to celebrate his life, Memorial Services will be held Monday, December 3rd at 10am at All Souls Episcopal Church at 6400 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

• Little Flower Church Clinic 1125 S. Walker, OKC, OK 73109 405-235-7055 (Voice) Parrish Office 405-235-2037, press 4.
• LifeShare Foundation 4705 NW Expressway • Oklahoma City, OK 73132 (405) 840-5551.



We were informed that Diane Phillips passed in 2016. The following is her obit.  That brings our fallen to 111.

Mary Diane Phillips (Bishard) June 5th, 1946 – September 11th, 2016

Mary Diane Bishard, known as Diane, 70, went to be with the Lord on September 11th, 2016. Diane was born in Oklahoma City on June 5th, 1946, to George and Jennie Phillips. She graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 1964. After graduating, she met and fell in love with Mike Bishard. They were married in Oklahoma City on January 22nd, 1972. Their only child, Brian, was born in 1974. They resided in Oklahoma City until 1984 when they moved to Edmond, OK. She and Mike owned and operated the Beer House from 1981 to 1991. In 1985, Diane went to work for the City of Edmond. She worked for The City of Edmond for 20 years during which time she went from being a City Clerk, to Accounts Payable and Finance and then to AP/Purchasing. She retired on 08/08/2005. She had many hobbies and interests over the years that included being a member of Toastmasters, going to the lake with her family, playing darts with her husband and also on a women’s league, reading and cooking. Diane was the organist at St. George for 20 years as well as a Sunday School teacher. Later in life, as her MS progressed, she enjoyed going to the casino with her family. She was preceded in death by her father, George Phillips. She is survived by her mother, Jennie Pappas Phillips; husband, Mike Bishard; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Sonya Bishard and their daughter, Cassie; Aunt Clara Pappas Wilberforce; two sisters and their spouses, Terry and Patrick Lippmann and Patricia and Don Sambol; two sisters-in-law, Debbie and Marsha; one brother-in-law, Patrick; and 9 nieces and nephews. Viewing will be held at Baggerley Funeral Home on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 from 4:00p.m.- 8:00p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2101 Northwest 145th Street on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Gracelawn Cemetery at N. Boulevard and Danforth in Edmond. Donations in her memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a Foundation of your choice, or the Flowers That Do Not Wither Fund at St. George.


Breakfast Meeting

On August 04th, a breakfast meeting was held at The Runway Cafe, Wiley Post Airport.  Attending were Ken Newman, Kris (Harry) Vermillion, Bill Chaple, Boonie Hite, and Jimmie Brodgen.  Great conversations and remembrances.  Will try to do another soon.


Lunch Meeting

On July 18th,  a lunch meeting was held at Johnnie's on Britton Road.  Attending were Kris (Harry) Vermillion, Dale Stallings, Ken Newman, Ted Smith and Bill Chaple.  Fun Times.



Terrye Newkirk February 24, 1946 - June 26, 2018

A Mass of Christian Burial for Terrye Newkirk, age 72 years, of Hulbert, Oklahoma, formerly of Enid, is 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018, at St. Francis Xavier Church, Enid, Oklahoma. Father Phillip Anderson will officiate. Burial follows in Forrest Cemetery, Ringwood. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

Terrye was born February 24, 1946 in Enid, to Marvin and Nikki (Rader) Newkirk, and passed away June 26, 2018, at her home in Hulbert. Terrye graduated from Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, class of '64. She briefly attended OU before moving to California to pursue songwriting. There she met and married singer/songwriter Steve Young, and they had a son, Jubal. Eventually they relocated to Nashville, TN where she studied English and Journalism at UT Nashville. She then went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University, completing a Master's Degree in English Literature. Terrye worked as reporter for The Tennessean and as an editor for Nashville Magazine. She taught English at Western Carolina University for two years before accepting a job in San Diego, CA, as an editor at Catholic Answers. Terrye then became a hermit at Clear Creek Monastery in Hulbert, Oklahoma, for a time. An accomplished writer, she wrote songs, poetry, prose and short stories. She loved a good-natured debate and was known for it on social media. Terrye was a devoted daughter, mother and grandmother. Terrye is preceded in death by her father, Marvin Newkirk. She is survived by her mother, Nikki Newkirk, of Muskogee, Oklahoma; her son, Jubal Lee Young, of Goodlettsville, TN; and granddaughter, Sophia Claire Young, of Goodlettsville, TN. Memorial contributions may be made in Terry's name to Clear Creek Monastery, with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds. Condolences may be made at



It was passed to us that Susan Kay (Suzi) Phillips (Campbell) passed in 2016. She had been living in Oklahoma City.  No further information is available.







CAROL MAN  Jan. 7, 1946 - May 18, 2018  Carol Jean (Stammer) Man, 72, of Oklahoma City, passed away at Mercy Hospital on Friday, May 18, 2018. Carol died on the same day as her dear son, Spencer Barnett Man, 27 years ago. Carol was born Jan. 7, 1946, to the late Eloise and William Stammer. Carol was a graduate of Northwest Classen High School in 1964 and graduated from Christian Women's College of Fulton, MO, and then attended The University of Oklahoma, where she met the love of her life, Mike Man. Carol was a fourth generation member of the Methodist Church and recently became an active member of Life Church, which greatly enriched her relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Carol had accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior many years ago and lived her life as a faithful servant of the Lord. Carol treasured her women's Bible study and growing with all her faithful sisters in Christ. Carol is survived by Mike Man, her faithful and loving husband of 50 years; and her two loving sons, Chris Man, of Washington, DC; and Derek Man, of OKC. She was especially blessed by her six grandchildren, Christine, Carter, Jack, Peyton, Caela, and Gracie. Carol had one sister, Sally Straehla. She was preceded in death by her son, Spencer. Carol was an avid reader, enjoyed going to movies with Mike and loved to travel. She enjoyed anytime she could nurture her grandchildren, and caring for others was her avocation. It was not surprising if she was dropping a meal off, running errands for others, getting gifts, etc. She was a true caregiver and extremely generous. She could not tolerate the thought of children not having plenty of Christmas presents to enjoy and gladly supported the Christmas Connection every year. A Celebration of Carol's Life will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner Rd., OKC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her honor in the name of Spencer Barnett Man to: IFOPA, P.O. Box 800084, Kansas City, MO 64180.


Lunch Meeting

On March 20th,  a lunch meeting was held at Johnnie's on the Northwest Highway.  Attending were Dale Stallings, Ken Newman, Ted Smith and Bill Chaple.  Great discussions.



Funeral services for Stanley Ray Almgren will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Alva First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Carol Cook Moore officiating. Interment will be in the Alva Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva. There will be a visitation with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Stanley Ray Almgren, son of the late Roy Carl and Dorene Wilma (Thiessen) Almgren, was born March 2, 1946, at Clinton, Oklahoma, and passed away February 20, 2018, at Alva, Oklahoma, at the age of 71 years, 11 months and 18 days.

Stanley graduated from Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City with the Class of 1964. On October 13, 1965, he began his two years of service in the United States Army. He went AWOL for a few days to marry his high school sweetheart, Karen Ann Williams, on September 3, 1966.

He attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma. They then moved to Alva where they managed the Alva Stockade from 1971 until 1984. He then went to work for the Goldspot Dairy, which later was bought out by Hiland Dairy, where he worked until his retirement in 2009.

He was a member of the Alva First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Jaycees, where he received the honor of JCI Senator and Oklahoma Governorship. He enjoyed making model cars and model airplanes. Other than family, the joy of his life was his beloved 1957 Chevy.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Larry James Bullen; and two sisters-in-law, Barbara Almgren and Karen's twin Sharon Cromwell.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Karen, of Alva; two daughters, Karmen Ann Andrews of Alva, and Kandee Ann Almgren and significant other, Leonard Schwerdtfeger, of Alva; his grandson, Nathan Roy Andrews of Alva; one brother, R. C. Almgren of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Cheryl McClain of Oklahoma City and Betty Crawford and husband Ralph of Plano, Texas; his faithful dog, Elsee Mae Almgren; other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the funeral home.

Remembrances may be shared with the family at





Carla Mogg Cantrell was born July 1, 1946, in Elk City to Bobby and Joyce Mogg and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 28, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Carla married Robert Cantrell on Nov. 29, 1963.

Carla spent most of her later years in life in Norman. She retired from FAA in 2007. Robert and Carla then moved to Shawnee in 2008 to be closer to family. She was very involved in Shawnee Bible Church and had many friends there.

Her favorite place to be was by the ocean. She loved anything to do with the ocean: whales, shells, coral and tropical fish. She also spent a lot of her time reading. She was loved by many people because of her friendliness and bubbly personality.

Carla is survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert; daughter Traci and her husband, Mike and grandchildren, Trevor and Samantha; and her mother, Joyce Mogg. She is also survived by multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. She was truly loved and will be greatly missed.



Frederick "Fred" Ray Jolliff

October 1, 1945 - November 24, 2017

Frederick Ray Jolliff passed away peacefully on Nov. 24, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 1, 1945, to Raymond Carl "Jolly" Jolliff and Elaine (Odom) Jolliff in Oklahoma City.

Fred graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 1964.  Upon graduation Fred joined the U.S. Navy to become a SeaBee in the Engineering Division. He served two tours in Vietnam and one to Antarctica from 1966-1968.  He proudly served on the MCB-85 Board of Directors the last several years and was very proud of his service to his country

After leaving the Navy, he worked at M.R.&J. Brokerage, a candy brokerage, alongside his father until he went to work for Southern Nazarene University Maintenance in 1989; he remained there until 2015. Upon retirement, he was bestowed a “Ornery” Degree of Doctor of Maintenance Arts.

In his early years Fred enjoyed hunting and going to the lake.  Fred’s love for the outdoors is rooted in memories of summers on the family farm with cousins, Lynn and Larry Odom, and lifetime friend, Randy Thomas.  He loved to play golf (even though his ball never landed on the fairway), visiting Las Vegas, and spending time with family and friends.  He was a hard worker, treated people with respect, and met everyone with a smile on his face. Fred never met a stranger; he would strike up a conversation with just about anyone.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Carl Jolliff.  Fred is survived by his mother, Elaine Jolliff; wife, Lavonna Jolliff; his two daughters, Emily and husband Tim Acton, and Erica and husband Dan Blystone.  He loved his bonus children just as much: John Moore and wife Ree, David Moore, and Dona Dunovant. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Luke and Jared Blystone, Marshall and Kendall Dunovant, David Anthony and Matthew Moore and Lauren Landeros; and great-grandchildren, Bella and Cesar Landeros, Lakai and Ellé Moore.

Viewing will be Tuesday, November 28th at Mercer-Adams, 3925 N. Asbury, Bethany.  Family will be present from 5-7 p.m.  Funeral service will be Wednesday, November 29th at 2:00 p.m. at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, 6789 N.W. 39th Expressway, Bethany.  Graveside service will follow at Bethany Cemetery, NW 63rd and Rockwell.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Angel Fund at Southern Nazarene University.



We have been informed the Rex Hefley passed on November 1, 2017.  He has been living in Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma.  Rex was a doctor of chiropractic. Services were private; no further information is available.







Oct. 26, 1946 - Oct. 29, 2017  Wayne Wallace was born to James Blaine and Hilda Wallace on October 26, 1946 in Oklahoma City, where he grew up with his sister Wanda. He attended Cleveland Elementary and Taft Junior High before graduating from Northwest Classen in 1964, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Tomberlin. Shortly after marrying, Wayne enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving four years to include one year in Vietnam as a medic. After returning from Vietnam, Wayne began a 33-year career at OG&E in Oklahoma City, retiring in 2001. He earned a Bachelor's in Human Resources Management from Southern Nazarene University and a Master's in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Wayne returned to SNU as an instructor where he taught Adult Studies for 11 years before retiring in 2012. He loved to write stories, of which several were published. Wayne enjoyed being with his family. He was a great husband, father, papa, uncle and friend. Wayne enjoyed playing golf but his favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren. He often took them on vacations or drove them to school, movies and various other events. He took great pride in watching and encouraging his grandchildren participate in their many activities. He had many friends throughout his life and he was a member of Church of the Servant. He was a huge fan of the OU Sooners and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Wayne is survived by his wife Sharon of 51 years and her mother Mollie Lovelace, his son Michael and wife Dana of Mustang, his daughter Michelle Knight and her husband Jeff of Piedmont, three grandchildren, Blake Wallace, Jeffrey Knight and Jayden Knight and many other loving family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild, Blaine Michael Wallace. Wayne is going to be missed tremendously and loved forever. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation, PO Box 592, Washington, OK 73093, would be greatly appreciated. A time of visitation will be observed from 10AM to 8PM on Tuesday. Memorial Services will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Church of the Servant, 14340 N. Mac-Arthur, Oklahoma City under the direction of McNeil's Funeral Services, Mustang, Oklahoma.


Fall Gathering

On September 16th, a breakfast meeting was held at The Runway Cafe, Wiley Post Airport.  Attending were Ted Smith, Ken Newman, Sandra Malone, Bill Chaple, Boonie Hite, and Jimmie Brodgen.  We had great conversations and remembrances.



Anthony Morris Leonhard passed away Sept. 8, 2017. There was great rejoicing in Heaven as he was reunited with his Mom, Dad, and Grandmother Mamie. Tony, as everyone called him, was born Aug. 10, 1945, to Morris and Callie Sue Leonhard in Oklahoma City. He attended Cleveland Grade School, Taft Jr. High, Northwest Classen and OCU. Tony worked for the Department of Human Services for thirty-eight years, retiring in 2002. He was a Mason, which he enjoyed very much and where he made many friends over the years. Tony is survived by his sister, Linda Wick, and brother-in-law, Fred, of Edmond; two nephews, Robert and William Wick, both of Oklahoma City; a niece, Lori Linn Roush & her husband Kurt, of Corpus Christi, TX; and their two daughters, Alex Roush, of Corpus Christi; and Kaylin Roush, of College Station, TX; also, his friend, neighbor, and domino partner, Bud Wage. Thank you to Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospice, The Fountains of Canterbury and all the wonderful caretakers who were so kind to Tony in his final weeks. He was a kind, hardworking person and will be missed by many. Graveside service Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at l0 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery. Viewing Monday, Sept. 11 at 2-4 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home.



Gary Sharpley's sister, Carol Entrikin, informed this site that Gary passed in December 2016.  No further details are available.  He was living in Quilcene, WA.


Spring Gathering

On April 1st, a breakfast meeting was held at The Runway Cafe, Wiley Post Airport.  Attending were Ted Smith, Ken Newman and Bill Chaple. It was an  enjoyable morning meeting. Good company and conversation.





Richard L. Dugger, Jr. of Edmond, Oklahoma and Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on October 28th, 2016 at the age of 70. Rick was born in Oklahoma City in 1945 and resided in both Edmond and Scottsdale.
Rick was a member of the NW Classen graduating class of 1964. After receiving his degree from Oklahoma State University in 1968, he moved to Kansas City taking a position with Western Electric. Eventually, Rick returned to Oklahoma to pursue a career at Rockwell International where he became head of International Sales. This position gave him the opportunity to travel the world seeing events such as the Paris Air Show and giving him stories that his grandchildren will continue to tell. After a time as Vice President of Pulte Homes based in Denver, he decided to venture out on his own and relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1989, Rick founded a business that changed an industry and is today a standard.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Letha I. Sturdevant and her husband Phillip, Richard L. Dugger, Sr.; sister, Carolyn Emerson and step-son, Blake E. Naifeh. He is survived by his wife Eulene; daughter, Kristina K. Nicholls and husband Trafton; son, Richard L. Dugger III and their mother, Karen Dugger of Scottsdale, Arizona; step-children, Danielle N. Cronic and husband Chad and Stephanie L. Naifeh of Edmond, Oklahoma. He is also survived by his brother, Ron Dugger and wife Lumi of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and nephew, Scott Emerson and wife Christie of Portland, Oregon and maternal aunt, Nina Godwin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren he adored, Kylie and Paige Nicholls, Elyse, Avary and Brynn Cronic and Stella and Cy Naifeh as well as a large extended family.
His love of and dedication to family was evident in all aspects of his life. He had a passion to inspire those closest to him to reach for and achieve their dreams. He delighted in time spent watching his grandchildren participate in sporting events and other activities.
At an early age, Rick formed friendships that have lasted a lifetime.
We will be commemorating Rick's life during the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Christ the King Catholic Church (8005 Dorset Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73120) with entombment to follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Peace of Mind Foundation (; The American Heart Association; Oklahoma State University Foundation or Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (



It has been reported that our classmate, Michael Fulton, has been taken from us on the 18th of June.  No further details are available.  He was living in Sandston, Va at the time.



CLAIR DEWAYNE ELLIOTT  Oct. 28, 1946 - June 23, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Clair DeWayne Elliott succumbed to the ravages of cancer June 23, 2016. Born Oct. 28, 1946, in Lebanon, TN to Clair and Lela Elliott, DeWayne was the second of three children. The family moved to Oklahoma in 1957, and DeWayne graduated Northwest Classen High School in 1964. Following a year at Central State College, he joined the United States Air Force in early 1965 and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in late 1967 and was given the Air Force Commendation Medal for his service in Vietnam. After returning to Oklahoma City, DeWayne worked in the parts departments of various truck shops from 1969 until his retirement in 2008. He married Sandra Elliott in June 1988. In addition to his wife, DeWayne is survived by his daughters, Wendi Cowger and Kristi Freeman; his sister, Linda McJunkin, of Toccoa, GA; and his brother, David Elliott, of Albuquerque, NM. DeWayne had a host of lifelong friends who held special places in his heart, and they were never far from his thoughts: Carter Blue Clark, Terry Smallwood, L.D. Keef, Mike Waldrip, and Robert Praytor, to name but a few. His kind and gentle spirit will live on in the memories of those who were lucky enough to have known this sweet man. Per DeWayne's wishes, there will be no service.




Christmas Gathering

On December 12th, our first ever breakfast meeting was held at The Runway Cafe, Wiley Post Airport.  Attending were Sandra Malone, Ken Newman and Bill Chaple.  Attendance was light, but we had a good time.  We may attempt another in the future.  We may also start collecting stories for a NWC soap opera.


Lunch Meeting

On October 21th,  a lunch meeting was held at Johnnie's on the Northwest Highway.  Attending were Ken Newman, Mike Newman, Wayne Wallace, Ted Smith, Chuck Musson, Steve Farha, Bill Chaple, and Boonie Hite Mason.  More are planned.





James Marr passed away on Nov. 15, 2014, after a short illness.  He was with us at the 50th Reunion and was a friend to many of his classmates.  His obit can be read at:





Linda Kay Romerman (Jennings) passed on November 9, 2014 after a long illness.  Best described as a "Great Lady".  Her obituary can be found at:



Leona "Michele" Wells passed on October 30, 2014 at her home.  Her obituary can be found at:



It has been reported that our classmate, Larry Fishel, has been taken from us on October 20th.  No further details are available.  Larry had intended to attend the recent reunion.  May he rest in the hands of the Lord.


Elementary Tours

Tours of the following elementary schools were held in conjunction with the 50th Reunion.

Linwood Elementary Tour - GO LIONS!

Sequoyah Elementary Tour - GO BOBCATS!

Kaiser Elementary Tour - GO KANGAROOS

More information and photos will be posted when available.  Many elementary schools are collecting historical memorabilia and would appreciate copies of anything that you have to offer.



I regret to report that classmate Gary Howard has been taken from us on August 28th around 8:00 am.  Gary was living in Fort Worth, Texas and had been fighting illness for many months.  He is remembered by many of us as a good friend who will not be forgotten.



It is very sad to report that Charles Hinson passed on Fathers Day, June 15th at 12:00 am with his family and friends present.  Several 1964 Knights took time to represent all of us and be by Charles side.  He was a friend to all that met him, and he will be missed.



On February 12, 2014, Jay Dee Young pass away suddenly.  Born August 14, 1946.  He was living in Vista, CA at the time.  Described as a devoted husband, a loving father/grandfather, and a passionate business man.




Lunch - January 31st

A lunch meeting was held at Johnnie's on Britton Raod. Attending were:  Ken Newman, Ann Lents, Lynne Hardin, Sharon Freeny, Bud Mangun, Judy Dorney, Bill Chaple and Others.  List may be incomplete.  Planning for the NWC 50th Reunion was discussed.





April 15, 1946 - Aug 9, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Byrum Keith Franklin, 67, was born April 15, 1946, and died August 9, 2013. Keith was born, raised, and lived in Oklahoma City. He attended Northwest Classen High School and Oklahoma State University, served in the Air National Guard, and was a small business owner. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia Ann Franklin; his sons and daughters-in-law, whom he loved like they were his own daughters, Chris and Melissa, and Steve and Laura; grandchildren, Grey, Beck, Connor, and Elise; brothers and their wives, Joe and Connie Franklin, Mike and Jeanie Franklin, and George and Teresa Franklin; and sister, Julie Franklin. Keith loved his wife, family, and neighbors. He loved fixing things, mostly for other people, playing golf well, and catching and frying crappie. The front porch will have an empty seat, and he will be missed on earth but rejoiced in heaven. Memorial services was be held at Our Lord's Community Church, 11400 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK, on Wednesday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m.



Oct 18, 1946 - Feb 25, 2012 EDMOND Ross Leonard Teague entered into his heavenly home Saturday, February 25, 2012. He was born October 18, 1946, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Lee O. and Evelyn Jeanne Charboneau Teague. He was a Marine who served his country in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart for his service. His passion for helping others was evident in his career as an orthopedic technician. Ross had a quick wit, was a creative genius, and was known for being a prankster. "Granden" loved his grandchildren, Shelby and Hannah Weston, and Isabella, Porter, and Brix Blevins. He is survived by his brother, Rick Teague of Spencer; two "princesses," Tiffany Weston (Billy), and Crystina Blevins (Wade), all of Shawnee; niece, Lauren Teague of Tulsa; Jack and Susan Martine of Oklahoma City, and Sandy Thomas of Edmond. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, February 29, at 11 a.m. at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond.


Kent Jack Humphreys, 66, of Oklahoma City, OK, passed on January 30, 2013. He was born to Jack Carlton and Bonnie Humphreys on June 29, 1946.  He had met his future wife, Davidene, while in high school.  They just celebrated 46 years of marriage.  He served in Vietnam, where he earned the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star Medal.  Kent is survived by his wife, Davidene; and their three children and their spouses, Lance and Stacy Humphreys, Kenda and Jay Hall, and Kami and Mark Weems.  He also leaves his grandchildren: Jake and Emily Humphreys; Caleb, Hannah, Nathan, and Rebekah Hall; and Carly and Mack Weems.  Kent is also survived by his mother, Bonnie Humphreys; and his three remaining siblings and their spouses, Kirk and Danna Humphreys, Joy and Randy Fischer, and Craig and Bev Humphreys.  A memorial service was held on February 5, 2013, at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK.



I received word that Nina Hinton passed on January 24, 2013.  She is survived by her husband Thomas Hammond, sons Douglas and wife Misty, Darin and wife Manuela, sister Jean and husband David, daughter Jacquelyn and husband Bill, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  She was living in Flinton, PA at the time.





I am very sad to announce that our classmate and friend Dona Kay Hollingsworth (Eddins) passed from us last Wednesday, October 3rd.  She leaves behind a daughter Kede Eddins, father Earl Hollingsworth, and sister Diana Hollingsworh.  She was predeceased by her mother, Maureen Foley Hollingsworth, and husband, Ray Eddins.  A memorial service was held on Saturday, October 6th in Dallas, Texas.  Dona was very active on our email discussion group "chain letter" where she is remembered as our very own "Jessica Rabbit".



Phil Stack passed away July 7, 2012.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11th at Smith and Kernke, 14624 N. May, Oklahoma City.  He will be missed by family and classmates.



We have received the sad new that Janet Jones (Stanton) passed on January 10th.  She had been living in Bella Vista, Arkansas.  She will be missed by her classmates.





Connie Milligan (Greggs/Wilson) was taken from us on October 22nd.  A memorial service was held at the Smith & Kernke Chapel on October 25th.



Services for Barbara Sue Spybuck (Isaacs) were held on Saturday, June 4th, at the Mercer-Adams Chapel, with internment at Sunny Lane Cemetery.  Flowers were sent to the family in the name of his classmates.



Dean Wertz died this last Saturday, March 5th, while riding his bike.  Witnesses saw him slow down while going up a hill and then fall off of his bike.  People at the scene and EMSA personnel performed CPR, but he could not be revived.  His funeral is scheduled for Friday at Putnam City Methodist Church at 11:00am.  Dean was with us at the last reunion, and will be remembered as a good classmate and friend.  Flowers were sent to the family in the name of his classmates.



We received news that Jim Sjodin was taken from us on January 23, 2011.  May he rest in the hands of the Lord.







Our beloved classmate, Connie Homsey passed away on August 27th after a lengthy fight with cancer.  She will be missed by family and friends.  Flowers were sent to the family in the name of her classmates.



On May 30th, classmate O.W. "Buddy" Fields passed away.  Flowers were sent to the family in the name of his classmates.





A roster update was sent that Paula Straley Hoshall is deceased.  No further information was provided.



We received a roster update from Herb Dubberstain that our classmate Larry Bailey passed away about five years ago while living in Florida. Many of us knew Larry and remember him fondly.



On October 21st, our beloved Tony Binkley Beltz passed away. She was preceeded in death by her husband, Henry Wilson Beltz, III. She leaves behind a daughter, Stacey Jene Wade and husband Anthony, and a son, Bradley Forrest Beltz, three Grandchildren, and four Great Grandchildren.  Memorial services were held on Mon., Oct. 27, 2008, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Edmond, OK. Flowers were sent to the family in the name of her classmates.  VW Lady, We will miss you.



Recently we were informed of the passing of our classmate Larry Russell. He was married to our Carla Way (Class of '64) and was living in Kingston, Oklahoma. No further details are available.







We sadly report the passing of one of our twins, Sharon Berg-Ramson (class of '65) on October 21st. Also known as the "the younger and better half", she was a regular contributor to the "chain letter". She is survived by her sister, Karen Berg (the "other half - left behind"). Flowers were sent in the name of her classmates who will remember her fondly.

We are also sorry to report the passing of Bud Mangum's daughter, Tracy Diane Mangum. Our sympathies are with you and your families.




Sharon Green

We regret to announce the passing of Sharon Green (Keitz) on June 21th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was living at 11717 Twisted Oak Rd., OKC 73120. A copy of the obit can be made available to those requesting it. A remembrance in the form of a donation to the Central Oklahoma Search & Rescue, Inc. was made in the name of her classmates as requested by her family. She will be missed.




Wayne Snipes

We regret to announce the passing of Wayne Snipes on July 13th in Reno, Nevada. Wayne and Janet attended the reunion just weeks before. He will be missed. A remembrance was sent to the family in the name of his classmates.