TODAY'S NEWS - QUICKIES THAT CHANGE OFTEN

"I WILL NOT FOLLOW WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD, BUT I WILL GO WHERE THERE IS NO PATH, AND I WILL LEAVE A TRAIL." Muriel Strode -KHS65 class motto.
"The good old days....when we weren't good and we weren't old" Barbara Schwarz Moss 2010
SEE WWW.KHS65.COM FOR 169 PIX FROM OUR 45TH REUNION - CLICK THE SMALL PHOTO FOR LARGER VERSION. See lots of NEW grade school pix!
CHECK THE LABELS, GO TO KIRKWOOD HISTORY ARTICLES & CLICK THE POST ABOUT FRANCIS SCHEIDEGGER'S PIX FOR A GLIMPSE OF A PLACE I BET EVERYONE REMEMBERS - and much more!


MICK MARIETTA IS IN A NURSING HOME WHERE HE WILL REMAIN FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AFTER A STROKE. HE WOULD ENJOY PHONE CALLS FROM HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS TO CHEER HIM UP. His number is 573 885-4500, ask for Mick Marietta. It may be difficult to communicate with him. Mail address is Cuba Manor, 210 Eldon Drive, Cuba, MO 65453.


We seem to all be suffering a common problem these days, WHERE DID OUR LIVES GO? Our brains seem to still be 18, but our bodies are talking a different language. Sarah Orne Jewett puts it much more eloquently than do I:

“Neither of my companions was troubled by her burden of years. I hoped in my heart that I might be like them as I lived on into age, and then smiled to think that I too was no longer very young. So we always keep the same hearts, though our outer framework fails and shows the touch of time.”

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

KHS65 CHRISTMAS PARTY 2016 JOIN US!

KHS friends, heads up! It's another in our great history of Christmas get-togethers...Thursday evening, 12/29, 6:30pm til closing at J Greene's Irish Pub on Manchester at Sappington Road. 10017 Manchester Road...our classmate Phil Greene is the father of the proprietor of this fine establishment, so come on out! Sort of an after-Christmas, last fling before yet another New Year is upon us! Hope to see many of you there....and by the way, crashers of the nicest kind are welcome...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

“At Seventy: Some Kind, of a Sonnet” — a poem by Alan Yount the Count

A busy guy ~ a new poem by Alan Yount, another of our talented classmates, both as a musician and a poet!  Check out the website link for his latest, a sonnet about, well really about aging!   I have been privileged and honored to read several of his poetic works, they are really great!  Be sure to read below the poem for the blurb & photo of Alan.  Having watched the St. Louis Symphony last night, the photo makes him look more the frontiersman than concert musician, puts me in mind of some other renaissance men I know!!!  Way to go Alan, continuing in the tradition of making KHS65 look SO good!  Thank you for sharing!


http://www.jerryjazzmusician.com/2016/11/seventy-kind-sonnet-poem-alan-yount/

Thursday, November 3, 2016

JAZZ AND POETRY FROM KHS65 MUSICIAN ALAN YOUNT

I'm sure most all of us remember classmate Alan Yount, one of our two class musicians who were not only spectacularly talented but had their own dance bands, both of which played for various social events at KHS.  Alan has been a great correspondent for years and has recently shared something I didn't already know about him - he's a poet besides being one super trumpet player.  He's been writing poetry for 50 years and has published over 100 poems, nationally as well as in our state.  This is particularly interesting to me because I not only can't write a poem, yes I can make words rhyme but that's just not what it's all about, but I normally don't "get" much of poetry, way too nebulous for my more straight-line brain!  If you go here:
http://www.jerryjazzmusician.com/2016/10/brotherhood-man-poem-alan-yount/
you'll not only find a great, and timely, poem by Alan, but a photo of him as well as a short bio which I think will interest everyone.  Also you can click on the Gene Harris, Brotherhood of Man song and hear the song. Alan was Librarian at Mizzou for many years and in retirement still lives in the Columbia area.  He and I also share an interest in the history of our fathers' careers at McDonnell Aircraft and MDC.   And watch this space, Alan has another poem in the works that will have a Kirkwood angle.  Stay tuned.  Much appreciation to Alan for keeping us updated on his "careers"...he was in the Army Band too, along with other Kirkwoodians we all know!  ENJOY and happy FALL to everyone.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Mrs. Toothman, of Green Parrot Restaurant fame, dies at age 97 - KHS65 mom

From the Webster-Kirkwood Times comes the obituary today of KHS65 member Diane Toothman Hudson's mom.  If you ever ate at Green Parrot Restaurant, you know why the Toothman family was so well respected in Kirkwood.  See the side panel on my blog if you don't remember Green Parrot!  Our sincerest condolences to Diane and her family in the loss of Mrs. T.  Thanks to Peggy Kramer Entenman for alerting me to this sad event. 

Veronie Olga Toothman

Died: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Age: 97

Toothman, Veronie Olga of Kirkwood, Mo., was born Oct. 22, 1919, in Crosstown, of Perry County, Mo., to August and Martha (nee Wahlers) Bohnert. She entered into rest Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Mo., at the age of 97 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her late husband, Ben H. Toothman; her son, Lawrence Toothman; her son-in-law, Robert Hudson; her brothers, Oscar Bohnert, Wilbert Bohnert, Edgar Bohnert and Arnold Bohnert, and her sisters-in-law, Erna Bohnert, Monetta Bohnert and Lorna Bohnert.

She is survived by two children, Diane Hudson and Louis Toothman; four grandchildren, Tara Hudson, Barbara (Timothy) Kohn, Amanda (David) Flowers and Rob (Candice Suddarth) Hudson; five great-grandchildren, Lauren and Garrett Kohn, Mackenzie, Madalynn and Camryn Flowers; brother Edward Bohnert; sisters-in-law Loretta Bohnert and Lorene Bohnert, and many other relatives and friends.

Veronie moved to St. Louis and met Ben Toothman, and they were married in 1946. Together with family they ran the famous Green Parrot Inn in Kirkwood, Mo., known for their famous fried chicken and family-style dining. After Green Parrot closed, she continued to be involved with the local community. She is fondly remembered and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral was held at Concordia Lutheran Church of Kirkwood, Mo., on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Memorials can be made to Concordia Lutheran Church, 505 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 63122; and St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Association, 12015 Manchester Road, Suite 130, St. Louis, 63131. Family and friends can review and share stories, photos and condolences online at www.stlfuneral.com and follow details of this event and others in the community.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

GET YOUR KICKS.....right here in River City...

We St. Louis area folks are in for a treat courtesy of MO History Museum and KHS65 classmate Susan Croce Kelly come July 31 and August first.  POLITICS AND PAVEMENT:  THE UNLIKELY BIRTH AND INCREDIBLE LEGACY OF US HIGHWAY 66... Susan is an expert on this subject, just google her name in connection with Route 66 and you'll see...She will be giving the lecture named above at the MO History Museum in Forest Park, free parking, great place for a day's outing at 1pm on 7/31 and 10:30am on 8/1.  Let's have a nice group of her pals there to hear her presentation and applaud loudly for her!  The program is free and open to the public. 

KIRKWOOD LOSES AN AMAZING MAN & CIVIC ADVOCATE

If you are or ever were a Kirkwood resident, I recommend your reading this obituary.  In fact, if you like to learn about interesting, worthwhile, valuable human beings I recommend your reading this obituary.  It may be the longest obit I have ever read in our St. Louis Post Dispatch; maybe some of the Buschs or Anheusers or some such, but there are not many this complete.  I followed Keith's Kirkwood K-Mail blog for some time, a great way to keep up to date on Kirkwood goings on.  He leaves an amazing legacy that we should all admire and aspire to...ohh, but not with a dangling participle!
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=Keith-Phillips-Williams&pid=180770368

Friday, July 1, 2016

Mini Reunion planned for Greentree Festival Weekend

It’s party time again for KHS65! The committee has planned a fun mini-reunion over Greentree Festival weekend in Kirkwood Sept. 16 & 17, 2016. 

Fri., Sept. 16th: Kirkwood amphitheatre at Kirkwood Park, 6-9pm, for Motown Revue (best band in St. Louis!). Look for the Kirkwood Class of 1965 banner on the hillside above the amphitheatre. Come early (we will be there by 5:00pm) and enjoy the wine garden, food tents and just enjoy Kirkwood’s opening night of the annual Greentree Festival. The Greentree arts and crafts festival is open all day Saturday and Sunday. 

Sat., Sept. 17th: 612 Kitchen and Cocktails, 612 W. Woodbine, Kirkwood, 6:30pm til close (cash bar). We look forward to seeing all our classmates for another “walk down memory lane”! The committee is working on a much needed donation to KHS for the music department. We are beginning to collect band instruments in fair/good condition (we will refurbish if needed…thank you Jack Toman!). Instruments will be donated to the Kirkwood band director to give to kids (all grade levels) who would like to play but can’t afford to purchase or rent the instruments. Questions regarding the reunion or instruments, please contact: Leslie Bright Wainwright, notso39@gmail.com, 314-941-1579 (cell) Jack Toman, jackkentmusic@gmail.com, 314-605-7492 (cell) Karen Lowe Adams, twinkah@yahoo.com, 314-601-4161 (cell) Hope to see you at our mini-reunion Sept. 16 & 17!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jefferson Hotel, now J Arms, site of our Graduation night party....news

I have long hoped that someday we'd be able to have a reunion at the Jefferson Hotel, now Jefferson Arms, but it was not to be...the property had deteriorated badly and never was refurbished.  This month has seen news of a Dallas - based company, Alterra Intl, which has a contract to buy the building and plans to make it a "new hub of downtown activity on Tucker Blvd."  Check out the story from the Post as of 6/24/15
 - gives renewed hope we could have a reunion there sometime in the future: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/apartments-and-hotel-planned-for-jefferson-arms-building-in-downtown/article_1e0dbbc1-9869-5e61-9912-08e7291acf13.html I'm not so much into Feng Shui, but maybe that aspect will help make it a reality and we can have a reunion with a bit of Feng Shui!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Jim Wheeler KHS67 and brother of our Jean Wheeler Redfern leaves the world too early.

Jean Wheeler has not lived in St. Louis in her adult life, but is still in touch with her friends here.  Her brother Alan has become a friend of ours through his lady, Christy James, a friend of mine.  A lovely family in all respects, and the loss of Jim at such an early age is very sad.  His obituary tells of his many Kirkwood connections over his life and I think you will find his family's request to honor him very uplifting.  Our condolences to Jean, Alan and their families.  I'm sure he is resting in peace and love.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Adelle Whelove, mom of Rick, obituary

 Courtesy of Webster Kirkwood Times ~ Adelle Whelove (nee Kullmar)

Died: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Age: 97
Whelove, Adelle (nee Kullmar) died April 19, 2016, in her 97th year.

Beloved wife of the late Robert W. Whelove; loving mother of Robert Jr. (Janet) and Richard (Barbara); dear grandmother of Ona, Asia and Amy; and great-grandmother of Adeline and Brandon.

Adelle was the secretary at Westchester Elementary School for many years. She was also a 78-year member of Kirkwood Chapter #358 O.E.S. where she served as secretary for many years as well as being a past matron and past grand representative.  She was also a member of Bethel #5 Job’s Daughters and served as honored queen in 1938.

Funeral was at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, Monday, April 25, at 9 a.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to Kirkwood Chapter #358 O.E.S., 211 N. Harrison Ave., Kirkwood, Mo. 63122. Visitation was Sunday, 4-8 p.m., with Eastern Star Service at 7 p.m., followed immediately by the Job’s Daughters Cross Service.  www.boppchapel.com

JEFF BEARDSLEY REMEMBERED AT GETTYSBURY NATL CEMETERY

On our recent trip to Washington, DC for meetings of some of my hereditary societies we took a nice trip to Winchester, VA to visit the Civil War sites there and then to Gettysburg.  I'd never been there, it was Jack's 4th visit.  I had a ggggrandfather who was there and know a lot about him and his experiences in the War so it was an exciting and moving visit for me.  I had promised Jeff Beardsley's sister that when there I would visit Jeff's grave and so we did.  It was a glorious day in the area, and the flowers and trees were in beautiful spring bloom.  Jeff is in a newer part of the National Cemetery, where we spotted veterans of Viet Nam, Korea and World War II.  It was a time of quiet reflection for me, thinking of our classmates and friends, especially those who have left us so early.  If you don't know, Jeff's sister found us on this blog when googling around one day last year.  Her family moved from Kirkwood after Jeff went off to college.  After two years he joined the service and went to Viet Nam.  Christine was only 12 I think she said when he graduated from KHS.  She felt she hardly knew her brother, and had had no contact with any of his friends.  Thanks to some of our classmates' reading this blog and Facebook entries, she has reconnected with Jeff's KHS girlfriend and some of his guy pals have also contacted her.  She now reports feeling far more at peace than she had in years.  Their mom is 90 years old now, and they live in Indiana.  

I was able to pull a few weeds and clean up the edges of the headstone and sit among the beautiful trees and ponder the impact of the loss of Jeff and all those other boys in that terrible war.  The trees surrounding that section of the cemetery are beautiful, stately, and provide a beautiful resting place for one to spend eternity.  
If any of you go to Gettysburg, Jeff is easy to find.   You can walk to his gravesite from the entrance from the main road around the cemetery, he is in section I position # 7.  Have a visit if you're there.
If you walk in this gate and head forward then off to the left you should find section I.  The directions we obtained at the Visitor Center for the Battlefield and area were terrible...took us way around where we didn't need to be.  However, the visit to the spot of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was moving.  As were the monuments to the 10th Mass Regiment in which my ggggrandfather served, and the 1st Ohio Light Cavalry in which another ancestor served.  The cemetery is really a must-see part of the Gettysburg experience.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

KIRKWOOD LEGENDS, EARL AND MYRTLE WALKER

Earl Walker died in 2011, as you will see below, but directly below is the obituary from the Kirkwood Historical Society about his wife Myrtle Emma Agnew Walker.  This is a family that gave so much that affects so many so often, we must always look to them for inspiration.  Tom, please know we appreciate your parents.  Just think how our outstanding champion swim team could have done way back when if we'd had a Walker Natatorium!  But we have it NOW!~

MYRTLE AGNEW WALKER
March 18, 2016

"...Myrtle Walker passed away at age 95.  Mrs. Walker graduated from KHS in 1938.  Although she received an art scholarship to attend Northwestern University, she was unable to afford the room and board and did not attend.  She subsequently went to work for her father drawing plans for houses to be built by her father, Lewis Agnew.  She married Earl Ernest Walker and they turned out to be quite a team.  They founded Carr Lane Manufacturing Co. in 1952. She is credited with using her artistic talent to draw items for the first catalog produced by the Company.
     Later in life she created the bronze turtles which became known as "Myrtle's turtles".  You can go to Kirkwood Park at Walker Lake and see one of these 600-pound bronze turtles.  The legacy left by the Walkers is the support they gave to Kirkwood and to Children.  This was shown in gifts to The Magic House, Great Race in Kirkwood, scholarship for summer study by Kirkwood High School juniors and the Walker Natatorium on the campus of KHS and of course Kirkwood's Walker Lake.  The Walkers were long time supporters of the Kirkwood Historical Society."

Earl E. Walker


Died: Friday, August 26, 2011
Age: 91

by Kevin Murphy

A 2007 Webster-Kirkwood Times article described Earl E. Walker as “An American Success Story.” A wealthy, self-made entrepreneur, Mr. Walker will be remembered by many for his generosity and community service.

Mr. Walker, a lifelong Kirkwood resident and CEO of Carr Lane Manufacturing Co. in Shrewsbury, died Friday, Aug. 26. He was 91.

During his early years Mr. Walker helped his parents with additional income by working part-time jobs. He managed the Kirkwood Roller Rink, drove a delivery truck, and did other odd jobs. He attended Kirkwood public schools, graduating from Kirkwood High in 1939. It was at Kirkwood High that Mr. Walker met Myrtle Agnew. They were married in 1942, and would go on to have four children.

Mr. Walker attended Ranken Technical School in St. Louis, where he learned welding. After a stint in World War II with the Navy Seabees, Mr. Walker worked as a welder for Curtis-Wright Aircraft Co. and its successor, McDonnell Aircraft Co.

Mr. Walker formed his own company in 1952. That company, located at 4200 Carr Lane Court in Shrewsbury, would become Carr Lane Manufacturing.

“We started out in the garage of our house in Kirkwood,” Mr. Walker told the Times in 2007.

Along with its subsidiaries, the company provided component parts for the metalworking field, as well as producing six vital parts for Apollo II. Through product expansion and several company acquisitions, Mr. Walker built a multi-million dollar international corporation. He would open manufacturing branches in Los Angeles, Boston, Austin and Brazil.

Mr. Walker’s business successes translated into a lifelong commitment on behalf of Earl and Myrtle to help others. Grateful for the education they had received attending Kirkwood public schools, the Walkers donated $800,000 toward what would be named the Earl and Myrtle Walker Science Center. The Kirkwood High campus building was dedicated in 2009. Earl and Myrtle Walker also donated to the high school for creation of Walker Commons, and gave the “Myrtle’s Turtles” sculptures to the school.

There’s the Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Hall, an art studio, at Washington University; a residence hall in their name at Ranken; a lobby bears the couple’s name at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley; renovations at the old St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood were funded by the Walkers; a new School of Health Professions building was dedicated in their names in 2010 at Maryville University; and land owned by the couple was donated for the creation of Walker Park at Taylor and Washington avenues in Kirkwood.

The short listing represents just a sample of the Walkers’ philanthropic contributions over the years. Mr. Walker contributed toward many scholarships, and has been the recipient of countless awards both for his professional and philanthropic endeavors.

Mr. Walker was a member of the Kirkwood Masonic Lodge #484 and was awarded the Grand Cross of the Scottish Rite, the highest distinction of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. He was co-founder in 1988 of the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders, which has served over 15,000 St. Louis area children to date with various speech and language disorders.

Mr. Walker was the father of Mary Walker, Tom (Martha) Walker [KHS65], Nance (Alan) Frost and Peggy (Randy) Swisher; grandfather of Keri, Daniel, Colin, Heather, Andrew, Alex and Katie; great-grandfather of Zackary, Sarah, Victoria, Adam, Rowan, Ryan and Asa; beloved by Dana, his daughter’s rescued boxer; friend, mentor, eternal gentleman, business associate and community supporter.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Walker will be held Sunday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m., in the Keating Performing Arts Center at Kirkwood High School, 801 W. Essex. Bring a story and wear green. Arrangements by Bopp Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to: Earl E. Walker Scholarship, Ranken Technical College, 4431 Finney Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63113-2811 and the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic of Childhood Language Disorders, 3632 Olive St., St. Louis, Mo. 63108.

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Classmates losing their parents, a sad time in our lives

Cindy Lapides lost her mom, at age 92, on 3/19.  Sherry Soutar has lost her dad, see below for his obituary and Myrtle Walker, Tom's mom, has passed away too.  We send our condolences to our classmates who are grieving, and hope their many happy memories carry them through the sadness the loss of our loved ones brings.

Robert Charles Soutar

Died: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Soutar, Robert Charles died Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Beloved husband of the late Dorothy L. Soutar (nee Heck); loving father of Sharon (Mark) Cherry; dear grandfather of Kristin Cherry; great-grandfather of Kai and Maia.

Bob attended St. Michael’s School. After graduating from Webster Groves High School in 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He transferred to the Army Air Corps and trained as an aerial gunner. He was sent to Italy, where he served with the 99th Bomb Group as tail gunner on a B-17. He flew 26 missions over the mountains to attack the Balkans, Rhineland, northern Apennines and Po valley. He was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters for his service.

After the war, Bob returned home and married Dorothy Heck, his high school sweetheart. Sharon was born in 1947. Bob and Dot were married until she passed in 2002.

Bob joined his father and brother as a mechanic at the family business, Soutar Motors in Webster Groves. The business moved to Old Orchard when 1-44 took their property. He owned and operated this business until he retired in 1990.

Bob was active during his retirement. He always liked flying and took flying lessons when he was 78. He continued to ride his bicycle almost every day. He died peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends.

Service: Funeral service was Thursday, March 17, 2016, at Gerber Chapel, 23 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, Mo. 63119. Visitation was Wednesday, March 16. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.gerberchapel.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

6th GRADE 1959 PARTY REVISITED - WHAT FUN!

In looking for something in my email files just now, I came across this photo which I don't think I have posted before:  Left to right Bunny Wells, John Guyer, Patti Corpening (facing left) Anne Saxon who moved away, Roy Lamkin who looks just like this today, Julie Sands and I think I recognize the face of the boy on right, but can't make a name come to mind...do you know?  Photo courtesy Mike Caldwell at whose home on McLain this 6th grade (Robinson) party took place. Thanks so much Mike for sharing!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

CHAMPION SWIMMER PASSES AWAY IN FLORIDA

Today (8/4/16) I was cleaning some old email files and found this note from Ken McBride in April of 2009, who watches swimming "stuff"  Scores for Andy

2002 Long Course (at 55 years old)

50 Free - 29.42
100 Free - 106.81
50 Breast - 41.48
100 Breast 106.81  Ken's comment was "This guy is amazing"...gone way too soon, LVR
 
 Classmate Andy Bastman has died in Tampa, Florida.  His obituary is below, from today's St. Louis Post Dispatch (Note it does not state the date of his death, but since it is in today's paper, I would assume it has been in the recent past.):

Anders F. Bastman

Bastman, Anders F. Beloved son of the late Fred and Alice Bastman. Survived by sister Ann (Wayne) Spohr and nephews Charles (Jennifer) Spohr and Craig (Jennifer) Spohr. Loving great-uncle, cousin, and friend. Andy swam competitively for Kirkwood High School and Monmouth College. Services: A memorial celebration is planned in Tampa at a later date.
Bastman, Anders F. Beloved son of the late Fred and Alice Bastman. Survived by sister Ann (Wayne) Spohr and nephews Charles (Jennifer) Spohr and Craig (Jennifer) Spohr. Loving great-uncle, cousin, and friend. Andy swam competitively for Kirkwood High School and Monmouth College. Services: A memorial celebration is planned in Tampa at a later date. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=anders-f-bastman&pid=177956917#sthash.HcgyvL2s.dpuf
Bastman, Anders F. Beloved son of the late Fred and Alice Bastman. Survived by sister Ann (Wayne) Spohr and nephews Charles (Jennifer) Spohr and Craig (Jennifer) Spohr. Loving great-uncle, cousin, and friend. Andy swam competitively for Kirkwood High School and Monmouth College. Services: A memorial celebration is planned in Tampa at a later date. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=anders-f-bastman&pid=177956917#sthash.HcgyvL2s.dpuf
Bastman, Anders F. Beloved son of the late Fred and Alice Bastman. Survived by sister Ann (Wayne) Spohr and nephews Charles (Jennifer) Spohr and Craig (Jennifer) Spohr. Loving great-uncle, cousin, and friend. Andy swam competitively for Kirkwood High School and Monmouth College. Services: A memorial celebration is planned in Tampa at a later date. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=anders-f-bastman&pid=177956917#sthash.HcgyvL2s.dpuf
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Bastman, Anders F. Beloved son of the late Fred and Alice Bastman. Survived by sister Ann (Wayne) Spohr and nephews Charles (Jennifer) Spohr and Craig (Jennifer) Spohr. Loving great-uncle, cousin, and friend. Andy swam competitively for Kirkwood High School and Monmouth College. Services: A memorial celebration is planned in Tampa at a later date. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=anders-f-bastman&pid=177956917#sthash.HcgyvL2s.dpuf
Bastman, Anders F. Beloved son of the late Fred and Alice Bastman. Survived by sister Ann (Wayne) Spohr and nephews Charles (Jennifer) Spohr and Craig (Jennifer) Spohr. Loving great-uncle, cousin, and friend. Andy swam competitively for Kirkwood High School and Monmouth College. Services: A memorial celebration is planned in Tampa at a later date. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=anders-f-bastman&pid=177956917#sthash.HcgyvL2s.dpuf

Anders F. Bastman

Obituary
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Bastman, Anders F. Beloved son of the late Fred and Alice Bastman. Survived by sister Ann (Wayne) Spohr and nephews Charles (Jennifer) Spohr and Craig (Jennifer) Spohr. Loving great-uncle, cousin, and friend. Andy swam competitively for Kirkwood High School and Monmouth College. Services: A memorial celebration is planned in Tampa at a later date.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=anders-f-bastman&pid=177956917#sthash.PPC1LKxu.dpuf

Anders F. Bastman

Obituary
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Bastman, Anders F. Beloved son of the late Fred and Alice Bastman. Survived by sister Ann (Wayne) Spohr and nephews Charles (Jennifer) Spohr and Craig (Jennifer) Spohr. Loving great-uncle, cousin, and friend. Andy swam competitively for Kirkwood High School and Monmouth College. Services: A memorial celebration is planned in Tampa at a later date.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=anders-f-bastman&pid=177956917#sthash.PPC1LKxu.dpuf

Anders F. Bastman

Obituary
Be the first to share your memories or express your condolences in the Guest Book for Anders F. Bastman.

Bastman, Anders F. Beloved son of the late Fred and Alice Bastman. Survived by sister Ann (Wayne) Spohr and nephews Charles (Jennifer) Spohr and Craig (Jennifer) Spohr. Loving great-uncle, cousin, and friend. Andy swam competitively for Kirkwood High School and Monmouth College. Services: A memorial celebration is planned in Tampa at a later date.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=anders-f-bastman&pid=177956917#sthash.PPC1LKxu.dpuf

Thursday, February 18, 2016

MINI REUNION PLANS UNDERWAY for SEPTEMBER, 2016

SAVE THE DATE!!  This just in today, on her birthday, from Karen Lowe Adams:  "We are having a mini class reunion weekend of Greentree Festival, Sept. 16-17. Friday night will be a Greentree opening night music festival in the park and Sat. night will be at 612 Kitchen and Cocktails (the Loop)."  More news will be shared as the plans unfold.  Happy Birthday Karen and Sharon!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wehrenberg Theatre Owner died, remember Ronnie's?

Just a little snippet of Kirkwood area nostalgia.  I just discovered an October, 2015 article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Ronald P. Krueger died 10/21/15 at age 75 of congestive heart failure.  He was the third-generation president and CEO of Wehrenberg Theatres.  He was a generous man, dedicated supporter of the Salvation Army and active in other area charitable efforts.  He was a Westminster College grad, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Past Potentate of Moolah Shrine Temple.  He was born in St. Louis, his mother's maiden name was Wehrenberg, and Ronnie's Drive-In was named for him when it opened in 1948; he worked there from boyhood, leading pony rides or taking his place as a car-hop.  The Drive-In was torn down in the 1980s and a six-plex and shopping center were built on the property.  It's called Ronnie's Plaza so the memory of that hallmark of our era is still alive.  He was married to his wife Midge Deppe Krueger for 38 years and they had two daughters and a son.  I tried to access the article about him in the Post, but true to their normal lousy form, it's not available.  Should anyone be interested, I have the full article.

Poetry in our midst

In trying to spend a little time once in awhile to clean out my office, files, and stacks of stuff, I ran across a piece of paper that was given to me at our 50th Anniversary Reunion. I have NO memory of who gave it to me.  But I'm sure someone in our class wrote it and I hope someone will come forward to tell me who penned this tribute to our classmates.

KHS65
Fifty Years Ago

It's been a long time since we've visited with our oldest friends
And how the memories start to flow...
You probably notice the old Osage Show, well they finally closed it down,
But you could find us there most weekend nights, fifty years ago.

We can still hear the school bells and the kids in the hall
Look around tonight we see "us" as we were back then.
Even the smells of our school can be recalled...
But we can only visit for a precious little while, because life goes on...
and again, reality calls.

And then let's not forget our friends who have already gone and can't be here,
And how their lives touched ours and how they are woven into the fabric of our great class.
But now, because of our collective memory of them all,
They'll always be here with us...
Because in our hearts they will forever last.

KHS65 in TEXAS - Great visit!

What a great, if short, visit I had last week to Dallas.  I was there to make my official visit as President General of the National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century, which was a fun time.  Lots of great food, great hostess, meeting several ladies whom I had never met and a visit to Pres. G W Bush Library in Dallas.  After that part of my trip was over I headed to Rockfish Restaurant for a great seafood lunch but even better, a great visit, read that gabfest, with Karen Schurig Bass and Pam Dalton Sneath.  Pam and I hadn't seen one another since KHS so it was a fun treat to get caught up with her.  We had a nice glass of wine, watered down with a good meal & Diet Coke so no problem driving afterwards!  I am not sure how any of us finished our lunch for all the talking.  We met at noon and I'm pretty sure it was 2:30 or later when I followed Karen to her beautiful home in Arlington.  It's been several years since my last visit to Dallas, and I must say the growth is amazing.  New larger buildings, wider highways, MORE highways, it was a shock to me to realize just how much the area has expanded!  Karen and wonderful hubby Jim hosted me at their home where, after we had an interesting and delicious dinner at The Rustic, we crashed and I slept like that proverbial log.  Joining us for dinner were Dean Swisher, Kerry Moskop, Kathy & Bill Lang, John and Daline Buhl and Roy Lamkin.  All except Roy were at our Reunion so we of course discussed that and everyone agreed it was a great time.  Roy reports Bev, who wasn't feeling well that night & couldn't join us, runs marathons, and runs 41 miles 3 times per week, Mon Weds and Friday.  That girl has a LOT of energy.  Roy is on one of the Boards at Baylor Medical School and of course was with Texas Instrument for many years there in the Dallas area.  Bill Lang has had some replacement type medical issues, he called himself a bionic man!  Kathy doesn't look a day over 20 and certainly not like she had 4 children in 5 1/2 years!  Check out Kathy's Choice, her wonderful catering business/tea room/ event planning venture at www.kathyschoice.com.  I'll be back in Texas in May and I'm hoping we can have an event there, she came up with the idea and I'm all for it!  Can't wait to be back with this great group!  Thanks everyone for joining our little soiree, the food at The Rustic was great!  And special thanks to Karen for arranging these activities for my visit...she's a special friend and a special Texan!  

I was able to see the SMU Campus for the first time when I visited the Bush Library.  Now I see why so many Kirkwoodians go there for college...and in today's world, there is a lot of growth and new construction along with refurbishing of the older buildings.


 Check my Facebook page for more of my Texas adventures...Cattle Drive and Oval Office come to mind!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

FRENCH TEACHER MRS. DENIGAN PASSES AWAY

 While Mrs. Denigan was not my French teacher, I know for many of you she was a well-loved teacher.  May she rest in peace and love.  Obituary courtesy St. Louis Post Dispatch.

 Mary Margaret Denigan

Denigan, Mary Margaret Died peacefully on February 9, 2016. Daughter of the late Joseph E. and Margaret M. Touhill, she is survived by her two sons, James B. Denigan, Jr. (Sue), and Joseph E. Denigan (Janice). Grandmother to Jennifer Goltermann (Joseph) and Lauren Madras (Andrew) and great-grandmother to Olivia and Katherine Goltermann, brother to Joseph M. Touhill (Blanche). Mary Margaret was an accomplished artist, seamstress and French history student. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.A. in English in 1951 and a M.A. in English in 1953. She retired from teaching after 34 years from Kirkwood High School in 1989. She had been a fierce advocate for those in need and undertook service unknown to most. Always the teacher, she had high standards for herself and others, but guarded those unable to serve. She cherished her equally capable granddaughters. Services: Services private. Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, 7148 Forsyth Boulevard, University City, Missouri, on Monday, February 15, at 11:00 a.m. Friends will be received at 10:00 a.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Louis Public Library Foundation, 1415 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri, 63103.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Alfred Oren Bahr, father of classmate Dennis Bahr, passes away at 97

Our classmate Dennis has lost his dad at age 97, on 23 January.  Condolences go out to Dennis and his family of course.  Here is his obituary from the funeral home website:
Bahr, Alfred Oren 97, of St. Louis passed away January 23, 2016 at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living. He was born May 1, 1918 in DeSoto to the late Emil and Eva (Boyne) Bahr. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife, Henrietta (Juenger) Bahr. Alfred was a member of the St. Louis Bell Club, Gateway Senior Citizens and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 64 years. Alfred is survived by two sons, Raymond Bahr and wife Jane of St. Louis and Dennis (Jean) Bahr of Bonne Terre; grandson, Dave Bahr and wife Sonya of Bonne Terre. Services: A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Brothers College High School at 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. Francois County Relay For Life in care of C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home at P.O. Box 236, Bonne Terre, MO 63628. View obituary and share condolences online at www.czboyer.com
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 26, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-oren-bahr&pid=177450752&fhid=21236#sthash.iANslNez.dpuf
Bahr, Alfred Oren 97, of St. Louis passed away January 23, 2016 at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living. He was born May 1, 1918 in DeSoto to the late Emil and Eva (Boyne) Bahr. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife, Henrietta (Juenger) Bahr. Alfred was a member of the St. Louis Bell Club, Gateway Senior Citizens and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 64 years. Alfred is survived by two sons, Raymond Bahr and wife Jane of St. Louis and Dennis (Jean) Bahr of Bonne Terre; grandson, Dave Bahr and wife Sonya of Bonne Terre. Services: A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Brothers College High School at 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. Francois County Relay For Life in care of C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home at P.O. Box 236, Bonne Terre, MO 63628. View obituary and share condolences online at www.czboyer.com
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 26, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-oren-bahr&pid=177450752&fhid=21236#sthash.iANslNez.dpuf

Alfred O. Bahr
May 1, 1918 - January 23, 2016
Alfred Oren Bahr, 97, of St. Louis passed away January 23, 2016 at
Meramec Bluffs Senior Living. He was born May 1, 1918 in DeSoto
to the late Emil and Eva (Boyne) Bahr. Also preceding him in death
was his loving wife, Henrietta (Juenger) Bahr. Alfred was a member
of the St. Louis Bell Club, Gateway Senior Citizens and International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 64 years.
Alfred is survived by two sons, Raymond Bahr and wife Jane of St.
Louis and Dennis (Jean) Bahr of Bonne Terre; grandson, Dave Bahr
and wife Sonya of Bonne Terre.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Brothers College High
School at 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. Francois
County Relay for Life in care of C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home at
P.O. Box 236 Bonne Terre, MO 63628. View obituary and share
condolences online at www.czboyer.com
Bahr, Alfred Oren 97, of St. Louis passed away January 23, 2016 at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living. He was born May 1, 1918 in DeSoto to the late Emil and Eva (Boyne) Bahr. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife, Henrietta (Juenger) Bahr. Alfred was a member of the St. Louis Bell Club, Gateway Senior Citizens and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 64 years. Alfred is survived by two sons, Raymond Bahr and wife Jane of St. Louis and Dennis (Jean) Bahr of Bonne Terre; grandson, Dave Bahr and wife Sonya of Bonne Terre. Services: A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Brothers College High School at 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. Francois County Relay For Life in care of C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home at P.O. Box 236, Bonne Terre, MO 63628. View obituary and share condolences online at www.czboyer.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-oren-bahr&pid=177450752&fhid=21236#sthash.iANslNez.dpuf
Bahr, Alfred Oren 97, of St. Louis passed away January 23, 2016 at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living. He was born May 1, 1918 in DeSoto to the late Emil and Eva (Boyne) Bahr. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife, Henrietta (Juenger) Bahr. Alfred was a member of the St. Louis Bell Club, Gateway Senior Citizens and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 64 years. Alfred is survived by two sons, Raymond Bahr and wife Jane of St. Louis and Dennis (Jean) Bahr of Bonne Terre; grandson, Dave Bahr and wife Sonya of Bonne Terre. Services: A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Brothers College High School at 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. Francois County Relay For Life in care of C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home at P.O. Box 236, Bonne Terre, MO 63628. View obituary and share condolences online at www.czboyer.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-oren-bahr&pid=177450752&fhid=21236#sthash.iANslNez.dpuf
Bahr, Alfred Oren 97, of St. Louis passed away January 23, 2016 at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living. He was born May 1, 1918 in DeSoto to the late Emil and Eva (Boyne) Bahr. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife, Henrietta (Juenger) Bahr. Alfred was a member of the St. Louis Bell Club, Gateway Senior Citizens and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 64 years. Alfred is survived by two sons, Raymond Bahr and wife Jane of St. Louis and Dennis (Jean) Bahr of Bonne Terre; grandson, Dave Bahr and wife Sonya of Bonne Terre. Services: A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Brothers College High School at 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. Francois County Relay For Life in care of C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home at P.O. Box 236, Bonne Terre, MO 63628. View obituary and share condolences online at www.czboyer.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-oren-bahr&pid=177450752&fhid=21236#sthash.iANslNez.dpuf
Bahr, Alfred Oren 97, of St. Louis passed away January 23, 2016 at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living. He was born May 1, 1918 in DeSoto to the late Emil and Eva (Boyne) Bahr. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife, Henrietta (Juenger) Bahr. Alfred was a member of the St. Louis Bell Club, Gateway Senior Citizens and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 64 years. Alfred is survived by two sons, Raymond Bahr and wife Jane of St. Louis and Dennis (Jean) Bahr of Bonne Terre; grandson, Dave Bahr and wife Sonya of Bonne Terre. Services: A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Brothers College High School at 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. Francois County Relay For Life in care of C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home at P.O. Box 236, Bonne Terre, MO 63628. View obituary and share condolences online at www.czboyer.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-oren-bahr&pid=177450752&fhid=21236#sthash.iANslNez.dpuf
Bahr, Alfred Oren 97, of St. Louis passed away January 23, 2016 at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living. He was born May 1, 1918 in DeSoto to the late Emil and Eva (Boyne) Bahr. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife, Henrietta (Juenger) Bahr. Alfred was a member of the St. Louis Bell Club, Gateway Senior Citizens and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 64 years. Alfred is survived by two sons, Raymond Bahr and wife Jane of St. Louis and Dennis (Jean) Bahr of Bonne Terre; grandson, Dave Bahr and wife Sonya of Bonne Terre. Services: A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Brothers College High School at 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. Francois County Relay For Life in care of C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home at P.O. Box 236, Bonne Terre, MO 63628. View obituary and share condolences online at www.czboyer.com
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 26, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-oren-bahr&pid=177450752&fhid=21236#sthash.iANslNez.dpuf
Bahr, Alfred Oren 97, of St. Louis passed away January 23, 2016 at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living. He was born May 1, 1918 in DeSoto to the late Emil and Eva (Boyne) Bahr. Also preceding him in death was his loving wife, Henrietta (Juenger) Bahr. Alfred was a member of the St. Louis Bell Club, Gateway Senior Citizens and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 64 years. Alfred is survived by two sons, Raymond Bahr and wife Jane of St. Louis and Dennis (Jean) Bahr of Bonne Terre; grandson, Dave Bahr and wife Sonya of Bonne Terre. Services: A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christian Brothers College High School at 1850 De La Salle Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141 or St. Francois County Relay For Life in care of C. Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home at P.O. Box 236, Bonne Terre, MO 63628. View obituary and share condolences online at www.czboyer.com
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 26, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-oren-bahr&pid=177450752&fhid=21236#sthash.iANslNez.dpuf