Reservations for 2019 Alumni Banquet
West Branch High School
West Branch, Michigan
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Mary Anne Whitchurch Tuck
8110 Perry Road
Houghton Lake, Michigan 48629
Jimmy Stringer, class of 1959, passed away March 14, 2019. click on this link for his obituary.
Betty Goulder Tweedie, class of 1946, passed away June 1, 2018. Click on this link for her obituary.
Mark John Tetu, class of 1951, passed away March 2, 2019. Click on this link for his obituary.
With sadness at her passing, but joy in having known her, today I learned from her daughter, Dana, that Ruth M. Paddock Bedore
passed away this morning at the age of 102. Born on January 25, 1917, Mrs. Bedore was not a graduate of West Branch High School.
She and her husband, one of our favorite teachers, Cliff Bedore, were often in attendance at the Alumni Banquets. We shall
miss her. There is no obituary at this time, but it will be posted later. Click on this link for an article we posted earlier
about the life and contributions to life, of Mrs. Bedore.
Frank Leroy Fox, class of 1963, died February 20, 2019. Click on this link for his obituary.
Mildred Remilong Wangler Smith, class of 1953, died January 20, 2019 in Jensen, Florida. Click on this link for her obituary.
Frank Hacht, class of 1948 and former president of the alumni association, passed away February 6, 2019. click on this link
for his obituary.
Received a great letter from Sally Rea about Butch David..
Thank you Sally!
Word was received on Thanksgiving week that the Ogemaw County Genealogical and Historical
Society lost another member. Better known in the community as "Butch" passed away at his home in Hernando, Fla.
Florent (Butch) David was
born to Byron and Damassie David on October of 1942. He leaves one sister, Margie, and her family as well as his aunt
Janice Illig and his cousins. Butch graduated from West Branch High School with the class of 1960.
The OCGHS is proud that
Butch was instrumental in converting the old garage at the museum into a display area featuring farming and some lumbering
items. He furnished all the materials to line the walls of the garage with plywood. He meticulously labeled and
all of the artifacts and spent the whole summer of 2017 on his pet project. The garage was opened to his work in the
fall a year ago.
a former member of the military and a proud Vietnam veteran, Butch was a tour guide for the school tours of the Military Room
and wherever he was needed. Through his work, the items in the garage will always be reminders and a testament to the
manner in which he was raised on the farm on Maes Road, the farm where he had more recently maintained a summer residence
and was his parents' original farm operation.
Florent David was an accomplished skier and many friends recall his skiing began right
at the former Ogemaw Hills Ski Park. At his 50th class reunion, he noted several of his experiences and accomplishments
before before he retired with issues stemming from Agent Orange and his time in Vietma,/ . They are listed as follows:
1960-1964, Ski instructor
in the winter and Michigan Highway Department in the summer.
drafted in July, spent a year in Southeast Asia (Vietnam)
Ski instructor winters and Michigan Highway Department in the summer
set up printing companies in Norwell, Mass; Toronto, Canada; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, and Pleasanton, Calf.
1975, worked a season has a hunting guide and horse wrangler in Steamboat Springs, Col.
1976, began what became 32 years with Breckenridge, Ski Area, Col. 13 years as a ski school
supervisor in winters and a life construction supervisor in the summers.
of 1980-81, one of 23 Americans invited to travel to Austria and France to study new types of ski lifts.
Summer of 1981, lift project supervisor on the first detachable grip lift in the Western
Hemisphere and the first "detachable grip quad" in the world.
Retired in August of 2008 and spent time hunting and working for a ranch in South Park,
Butch eventually returned to the West Branch area and the family homestead on Maes Road, he was welcomed back during the summer
months while he maintained a warm climate residence in Hernando, Fla. He did a lot work around the farm and built a
collection of artifacts and family history. He was generous with his donations of vintage items to the museum and OCGHS.
His work will shine for a long time for all that he contributed.
Classmates and friends will recall his love of dancing. His focus was anything out
of doors, including skiing, hunting, swimming, cars and motorcycles. He was a devout Vietnam vetran and often stated
his pet peeve to be "people who put up a front."
He will be missed.
The family is planning a memorial service for Butch in the spring of 2019.
Duane Copeland, class of 1952, passed away yesterday, January 24, 2019.
Celebration of Duane Copeland's Life will be Saturday,
February 2 at Oak Pointe Country Club 4500 Club Drive, Brighton, MI 48116. Services starting at 430 with ...dinner and celebration to follow. In lieu of flowers
and to honor Duane Copeland the family would like donations made to Arbor Hospice.
2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI
Jerry Schmitt, class of 1966, passed away December 10, 2018. Click on this link for his obituary.
Alvin Anderson, class of 1968, died December 17, 2018. Click on this link for his obituary.
Harry Lester, class of 1958, passed away November 26, 2018. click on this link for his obituary.
Margaret "Peggy"Swanick Schneider, class of 1967, passed away November 1, 2018. click on this link for her obituary.
Grace McKinstry Butterfield, class of 1959, died September 22, 2014. Click on this link for her obituary.
Janet Jackson Sowmick passed, class of 1957, passed away June 12, 2018. Click on this link for her obituary.
Emery Egan, class of 1961, click on this link for his obituary.
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