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Saturday, December 17, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
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
Veronie Olga ToothmanDied: Sunday, September 18, 2016
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.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Friday, July 1, 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, email@example.com, 314-941-1579 (cell) Jack Toman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 314-605-7492 (cell) Karen Lowe Adams, email@example.com, 314-601-4161 (cell) Hope to see you at our mini-reunion Sept. 16 & 17!
Monday, June 27, 2016
- 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 30, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Courtesy of Webster Kirkwood Times ~ Adelle Whelove (nee Kullmar)Died: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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
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
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
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.
Robert Charles SoutarDied: 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
Sunday, March 6, 2016
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
Anders F. Bastman
Anders F. Bastman
Anders F. Bastman
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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.
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.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
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
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2016