Wheat Ridge High School Farmers Class of 1963


 
In Memoriam
 
Remembering those who have passed on.

  Margery Allen

Memories

Marge and I joined our church together in Jr. High (along with Doug Schmidt). We also walked together to high school during our Sophomore Year. We had corresponded briefly prior to her death. Although she was very quiet, she was a great friend.
. . . Gloria Wolvington Hurdle

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  Carol Anderson


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  Barbara Baily

November 2007

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Barb and I were friends since jr. high. We would always laugh and have fun. The last time I saw her was about six years after graudation with her husband. Over time we lost contact, which I am sorry to say.
. . . Gaye Timmermann Estey

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  Peter Benjamin

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Pete lived on the other side of the cow pasture across from my house, and we met before first grade. We were friends through school, church, and into adulthood. His smile was a pleasure to behold. I will always treasure Pete's memory.
. . . Carol Burdick Leatherman

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  Charles Church

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Fondly known by his friends and associates as "Chuck," Charles and I started out at Doane College together. Upon his graduation, he went to CU-Boulder, got a master degrees in public administration, married Carol in Kansas City, they moved back east, and raised two children. He was the city manager of Lynchburg, Virginia for about 15 years, and prior to that he was city manager for Dansville, Virginia. He was very active in church, truly loved by the city officials he managed, and was professionally active with the American Society for Public Administration.
. . . Kent Higgins


I remember my brother Scott and I and our parents having many dinners with Charlie and Eddie and their mom, Irene, in their home. Charlie would make us laugh until we couldn't breathe! He would peek out the window at his next door neighbor, Jan Graue, who was a few years younger. Charlie was a great guy!
. . . Jane Cromwell Mastrini

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  Micheal Cooley

4/2/2010


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  John Curd

April 20, 2011


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  Micheal Dailey

June 2011


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  Phillip Davis


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  Donald Donley


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  Jeff Dunkley

June 27, 2012

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Jeff was always lots of fun in high school. The past few years I chatted with him on Facebook & on the phone. We both lived in the Phoenix area & were always going to get together but it did not work out that way. He will be missed, as Jeff had many friends.
. . . Gaye Timmermann Estey

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  Eric Ewert

July 22, 2013


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  Lynn (Friday) Thorson

January 14, 2010

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It is hard to think that Lynn is no longer here. The last time we were together we laughed late into the night thinking of all the silly things we did during those two years we were at Wheat Ridge. I was so glad her mom didn't blame me for Lynn's orange hair, when she wanted me to help her use peroxide. I learned that repeated washings make no difference! Lynn humbly showed up at school with a scarf on her head until she could get into the hairdresser. Then there was the time she thought it would be cool to use a sunlamp and tell people we had been skiing. I trusted her, because she had used it before, but we ended up peeling chunks of skin off our faces. I guess she had an attitude of sophistication and assurance, because I thought she knew what she was talking about! She was a quiet blend of class and naiveté. . .and I loved her giggle. We had so much fun!
Linda Ullstrom Dixon
. . . Linda.Ullstrom

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  Pat Frink

May 6, 2012


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  Fred Gentry


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  Haven Ginther

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Haven was a good friend from elementary school, through high school, and well into our twenties when we kind of drifted apart because of babies, moves, jobs, etc. Her first car was an Edsel! We carpooled to school with other girls from “old” Wheat Ridge—Jerri Bracket, Mary McMillan, DeAnn Zimmerman, Linda Knighton, and others when they needed a ride. There were days we could hardly pack everyone in. What fun, and what great memories that I haven’t dredged up in many years. We did some crazy fun things.

Haven was married to Glen Stocking (’62) for 10 or 15 years; they had three sons, then divorced in the late seventies or early eighties. I recently corresponded with Glen to find out about her death. She died of pneumonia at age 51. Her sons all live in the Denver area and there are 3 grandchildren. Sounds like they are doing well. Both of her parents outlived her, but have since passed on. The last time I saw her was in 1989 when my mom died and I was back in Wheat Ridge for the funeral—she called and we had lunch. I was so sorry to hear of her death, and was saddened to see so many of our other classmates gone also.
. . . Jerri Ball Striegler

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  Ray Glasmann


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  Frank Gravinsky

March 19, 2012


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  Jim Griswold


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  Nancy Hageman

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Nancy Hageman was a friend of mine. She was such an interesting combination of frailty - she had asthma - and tenacity. She was small, bright and moved quickly; I remember thinking she was like a wonderful bird. I'm sorry that she is gone.
. . . Terri Lewis


Nancy was the oldest among my group of friends, so she was first to get her driver's license. We all got a laugh out of the time she made a left turn from Colfax Avenue, but not at one of the breaks in the divider. Instead, we just hopped right over the divider clunk clunk. I miss her happy laugh!
. . . Gloria Wolvington Hurdle


I was thrilled to find a mention of my sister (Nancy S. Hageman Flibotte) online anywhere as she died so young (at 26 in September of 1971) and well before online anything.
Most especially I appreciated this: "She was such an interesting combination of frailty - she had asthma - and tenacity. She was small, bright and moved quickly; I remember thinking she was like a wonderful bird."

She had tenacity alright, as well as that not-often-enough encountered combination of infectious, effervescent enthusiasm that can get most anyone (not just kid brothers) to do whatever it is you're trying to talk them into. (She had me stuffing envelopes for some candidate or political cause in 1960, when I was 8 or 9.....as you can see below I'm still at it.)

She had been (easily) elected to office in Yarmouth, Mass and was being promoted as a 1972 Congressional candidate in several quarters at the time of her death.

I recall wondering who had died that was so important that such a large crowd had gathered at the quiet Cape Cod cemetery my brother-in-law had chosen as we gathered for her graveside service. As the family had assembled the crowd followed - Nancy was the important person.

- Doug Hageman

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  James Hanrahan


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  Nancy Hinman

June 12, 2013


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  Ruth Ann Irwin

April 3, 2005

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I have very fond memories of Ruth Ann... she was one of the first friends I had when my folks moved us from Michigan to Colorado and Wheat Ridge. She had several really fun parties at her house when we were in Jr. High. We were cheerleaders together in high school. I remember her visiting me at Fort Collins when I was in school there ... I fixed her up with a date for a College Day's Dance, we had a ball. She was always a good friend and I was, and am, in shock that she has passed. I will remember her fondly, always.
. . . Donna Clark Phipps


Ruth Ann and I grew up together, living two doors apart. I was so sorry to see she had passed away as Ruth Ann and I had always remained friends and she was in my wedding. On a couple of visits to Colorado I was able to visit with her, the first being in 1992 when I saw her mother and surprised Ruth Ann as neither one of us recognized the other. The second time was about 8 or 9 years ago. It was fun reminiscing about old times and seeing where our lives had gone. I will miss my high school friend.
. . . Karen (Hess) Bender


Ruth Ann was my Mom and best friend. I am her only child Melissa, a third generation Wheat Ridge Farmer. After graduation and marriage, she advanced in the travel industry, finally working as a supervisor with United Airlines. She was spunky and fun, straight to the point and loving -- she was the highlight of all of our lives. My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. After 4 long years of extensive treatment, she lost her fight to brain cancer in April 2005. She never gave up, never lost her sense of humor and left this earth with happy memories and no regrets. Her beauty, strength, courage and love for life will never be forgotten. She touched many along her journey and will be terribly missed, always.
. . . Melissa McMeel


I was saddened to learn of Ruthann's passing, because I have very fond memories of her. She was always kind, always gentle and probably the most humble person I ever knew.
. . . JoAnne Singley Struve

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  David Jarzyna

October 23, 2010

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Dave lived with his aunt just a block away from my house. He probably spent as much time in our kitchen as he did at home. I think my mom thought he was one of ours. Anyway there was a group of us that shared rides to school (because between us we could only afford gas for one car). Dave had the tiniest car of the bunch (a Renault Dauphine) and it was an impossible effort to get 5 of us in it at once (think clown car) but we managed. The real problem was that it was a very French car and only ran when it felt like it. Dave was a good schoolmate, a caring man,and I will always remember that he dented my car's rear fender in my own driveway. Via con Dios my friend!
. . . Dennis.Sabell


Dave and Denny Sabell and I used to ride around in Dave's Renault on a Friday night. The only way he could "get rubber" was to take a corners so fast that the back inner wheel would come off the road, spin and "squeel" when it hit the ground! We corresponded while he was in the Army and when he was at CSU. Still kept in touch when he moved to Billings. He'll be missed!
. . . Bill.Thomas

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  Karen Kepford

June 21, 1999


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  Diana Kirk

June 8, 2011


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  Janet Krasa

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Janet was one of my two best friends all through high school. Her family lived a couple of streets over from mine and we got together all the time. Once she joined my family for a vacation in Gunnison. I forgot my contact lens case, and put them into 2 glasses. When Janet brushed her teeth, she swallowed one of my lenses. She was fun, pretty, and so damn smart! We lost contact over the years - I saw her once with her baby - but I'm so sad that she has died. What a loss.
. . . Terri Lewis

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  Kent McCaulley

April, 2005

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I remember having flash bulb wars in the photolab at WRHS between Kent, Rex Bailey, and myself. Rex and I tried to get him interested in Ham Radio but photography was his thing. Kent was always a fun guy to be around and very smart. I’m sorry we didn’t reconnect in later years and I’m sorry he’s gone.
. . . Bill Thomas


"Mac" and I took a lot of photographs at WRHS and we shared our passion for photography throughout our friendship. We remained close friends while at CU and renewed our friendship in the 1980's after he moved back to Boulder from upstate New York. Being both divorced, we each focused on raising our kids. McCaulley had twin sons, Matt and Jim, probably the brightest kids I'd ever know. Once Matt and Jim were in college, Kent retired with 30+ years from IBM and moved from Louisville,Colorado to northern New Mexico for winters and Saratoga, Wyoming for summers. He loved riding his bicycle in Ireland, we laughed a lot about life, consumed too much stout dark ales, and hunted big game together. I taught him how to fly fish and he taught me homebrewing. His unfortunate demise was in April 2005, on the North Platte River above Saratoga when his river raft capsized. Kent and one other person drowned.
. . . Kent Higgins


Kent was a playmate of mine in elementry and Jr High school. Always the "techie" we played submarine in his garage, airplane in his yard, and race driver in a carboard box. Kent was never satisfied with imaginary hardware. Everything had to have real gauges and levers (lots of time was spent searching through trash for appropriate pieces). Always a good friend, he will be missed!
. . . Dennis.Sabell

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  Jim McClintock

December 11, 2014

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James "Jim" McClintock, age 69, of Albuquerque, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014. He was born on February 18, 1945 to Ralph "Mac" and Hilda (Barrass) McClintock in Hartford City, IN. After graduation, he moved to St. Louis, MO where he joined the US Navy and served for two years. After his discharge, he went to work for RobertShaw Controls Company for 10 years and then returned to Albuquerque to work with his father at McClintock Paper Company where he worked until this year when he retired in January. He enjoyed playing golf at Tanoan Country Club, anything related to fast cars and was a long time Phoenix Cardinals fan. Jim is survived by his wife Debbie of Albuquerque, two daughters, a step son and step daughter, and five grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at FRENCH-Wyoming. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central New Mexico, www.bbbs-cnm.org. Please visit the online guest book for James at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
PUBLISHED ON: SUN DECEMBER 14, 2014
. . . Bill.Thomas

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  Joe McMaster

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Joe was my first love. We met in fifth grade and he gave me my first kiss after he walked me home from school.
. . . Carol Burdick Leatherman

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  Bill McVicker

September 5, 2006

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Merete and I were talking about how sorry we were that Bill has died. She reminded me of how funny he was dancing with his hula skirt and cocoanut boobs in "South Pacific." Norwegians don't do well with the "v" sound and after the show, Merete was so excited, she said, "That Bill McWicker was just great." We both hope he had a wonderful life.
. . . Terri Lewis


Bill lived most of his life as William Ripley. Bill McVicker changed his name back to his birth-name, William Louis Ripley when he married Kathy Clark in the summer of 1968 (Kathy Clark: wrhs61; Kathy and Bill divorced a while ago but stayed good friends; Kathy remarried and lives in San Francisco). My dad, Roy McVicker, had never formally changed Bill's name to McVicker; thus, when Bill and Kathy married during his lunch hour at the Golden County Court House he became William Ripley again. Bill died on September 5, 2006 at his home in Lucerne, CA. Bill was a writer and teacher with degrees from Harvard (B.A.), The University of Texas, El Paso (M.A.) and The University of Utah (Ph.D.). In 1988, Atlantic Monthly Press published his novel "Prisoners" and in the same year he received a Dobie Paisano fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters. Many of his short stories were published in various journals and collections, including "Best of the West" in 1990.

Bill is survived by his wife Marty Ball of Lucerne, CA, his son, Brandon Ripley, his wife Iris Aguilar, grandkids Leandro and Sofia, all of Orange, CA, his son, Jerome Ripley of Santa Barbara, CA, his sister Theresa (McVicker) Ripley Holden of Austin, TX, her husband Michael Holden, neice Anne Holden and nephew Bill Holden, also of Austin, and me, his sister Lisa McVicker (aka Elizabeth McVicker) and my husband Craig Steinmetz of Denver, Colorado.

Bill touched the lives of hundreds across the whole country with his great intellect, larger than life sense of humor and intense passion for life and the people he knew and loved. We miss him so much; I can't believe he is really gone.
. . . Lisa


In looking at our class website I was motivated to share my feelings about Bill McVicker. I was always attracted and stimulated by McVicker's intellectualism, courage, and his relentless pursuit of a good time. Bill played through several concussions in football and was someone who I admired for his courage and commitment to being the best football player his body allowed. My experiences as a football player at Wheat Ridge greatly influenced my life and Bill is one of the two players I respect the most. Bill was a free thinker that forced you outside conventional thoughts and gave you the opportunity to expand your mind. I'm truly sorry that I never ran Bill down and shared a beer with him and told him how he influenced my life
. . . Terry Newsom

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  Roger Meurer

2004

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Roger was my boyfriend when I went back to Norway. He was a wonderful guy. So smart. I'm so sorry he's gone.
. . . Merete Selmer


Roger Meurer was one of those quiet thinkers who would follow through with action. Probably his greatest planned secret, known only to the other partners in crime, was being the get away car driver after we sabotaged the 1962 Lakewood homecoming bonfire woodpile. Yep, the Tiger’s bonfire went up in flames a day early! Just before their school let out – he drove in and we used an incendiary grenade, launched from a M-1 rifle, with great success!

Flying out of the area with all of us inside, Roger drove his dad’s Oldsmobile 98 up and down 6th Avenue and some side streets often exceeding 110 mph as a few Lakewood cars chased us. We never got caught! Yep, the quiet guys, like Roger, also enjoyed creating chaos.
. . . Kent Higgins

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  Harvey Neely

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Harv Neely was one of my very best friends. We were together a lot and my memories of Harv are something I will always have. His untimely death has affected me greatly over the years. I was honored to do the wedding for his son, Steve, the summer before last and it was great to see how his children have grown and prospered. I will never forget him!
. . . Gary Klatt


My craziest memory of Harvey was hearing how he, Klatt and TenEyck drove backwards up Lookout Mountain after Prom our Junior year! Terry said it was something about "turning back the mileage on the car". Glad they all lived to have a few more sane years!
. . . Linda Ullstrom Dixon


I'll never forget the day Harvey passed out. We were in biology class studying blood types. We needed a blood sample, so finally Harve volunteered. Well, that was fine until he actually saw the stylus and he bled a few drops then POW! He keeled over. Ammonia capsules do wonders but poor Harve was pretty embarrassed.
. . . Leslie Seeley Souders

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  Richard Nelson

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Rick and I knew each other for a long time. Our folks were friends and consequently we saw a lot of each other. I believe his wife, Joel, is still in Hawaii. He was a nutty guy and always made me laugh; we both spent a lot of time at the old Rolling Hills golf course at the swimming pool. I ran into Rick and Joel at a CU football game, some years after we were out of college ... they were going to a Halloween party and talked me into going... of course I had nothing to wear; Rick asked if I could still get into my cheerleading uniform.... amazing I still could and that's what I wore. My folks and his mother still have lunch every Friday with a group of friends. Marcie misses her son tremendously and would be pleased that we have remembered him in our website.
. . . Donna Clark Phipps


My first memory of Rick was when he came to Paramount Heights with his parents to view their uncompleted house down the street from ours. He had two broken arms from falling out of a tree. He lived the rest of his too short life at the same pace.

I bought my parent's house and he moved in next door to to his parents with Joel after returning from Viet Nam. For the next 10-15 years we had a great time together and then they moved to Hawaii -- Richard did not do snow very well, (except when we were sledding down Hillside Drive as kids and for some reason his sled was always faster than mine). I watched his kids grow up both here and in Hawaii and they turned out great.

He died as he lived - at full tilt. He went out on a friends boat off the Kona coast, went fishing for big fish on light tackle, had just caught one, turned the fishing rod over to his best friend Tom, went to the cooler, popped open a beer, said "Tom, where the hell are my cigarettes?" and then had his heart attack. Way too soon, but the way he would have scripted.

He lived life to the fullest at all times and always had a smile on his face.
. . . Woody Norman


Richard was the one of the first guys I met when moving to Wheatridge in '62. He was in my art class, first hour, Mr. Weatherbee, along with Jeff Dunkley. We were always up to no good but kept the class humming with excitement. He was a fabulous artist and always drew his characters on my chalk board at home, not to mention the beautiful sweatshirts he made. The day Don and I heard he died was sad indeed. We have always kept in touch with his parents and sister and will always cherish the fun we had with Rick. He was one of a kind!!
. . . Judy Livonius

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  David Payne

1999


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  Richard Robinson


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  Margaret Rule


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  Barbara Ryan

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I knew Barbara from grade school through high school. Barb, Ann Peterson, Elsa Jensen(Sbranti) and I played softball for many years for Clear Creek Girls Softball League. Barb was an excellent player and a good sport. She, Ann Peterson and I spent many, many afternoons swimming at the lake behind my parent's home in Wheat Ridge and many winter afternoons ice skating on that same lake. Even though I lost touch with Barb after high school, over the years I have thought about her and all the fun we had. She was a very good friend and a kind person. Barbara will be missed.
. . . Trudy Stevens

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  Larry Shearer

November 11, 2010


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  Mike Stiles

January 27, 2013

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Mike pitched for my little league baseball team "One Hour Martinizing" and seemed to always have a smile on his face. Sorry to hear of his passing.
. . . Dennis.Sabell

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  Rowan Stoos

2009


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  Armand Thouvenell

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Folks from the class of '61 have told me that Armand started out in their class and for family reasons had to drop out of school. He came back to graduate with the class of '63. I didn't know Armand very well, he seemed, to me at least, to be a very quiet person. We lost him to the Viet Nam war.
. . . Donna Clark Phipps


Armand is listed on the Viet Nam Memorial Wall. He was also awarded the Navy Cross medal of honor for extraordinary heroism while saving many of the lives of his comrades. You can read about him and his heroic story at http://www.virtualwall.org/dt/ThouvenellAR01a.htm
. . . Linda Dolph Robinson



Photo of Armand's name on the Viet Nam Memorial Wall, January 2008.
. . . John Meredith

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  Peter Tribelhorn

March 15, 2007

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Kent Tribelhorn died March 15, 2007 at home in Santa Fe, N.M. He is survived by wife, Kathryn, son Kevin, daughter Kelly, sister Diane Outerbridge and their families, 2 aunts and cousins. Kent graduated in 1969 from The Colorado School of Mines.



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  Sara Wolcott

May 19, 2012


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  Dan Wurtz


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