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Reservations For 2014 Banquet
 
Howard Melrose
Janet Allen LaFond
Carol Keith Kerby
Joyce Blake Johnson
Beverly Buhlman Adams
 Darlene Clemens Winslow
Doug Jameson
Gary Cooper
Harvey Pfeiffer
Moynell Gallaher Pfeiffer
 
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CLASS OF 1954

60TH REUNION EVENT

May 23, 2014

@ 5.P.M.

Friday, the night before the banquet.

ARE YOU INTERESTED?

Contact Doug

941-743-2436 Florida

989-345-2436 Michigan

Bring your friends too!

Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
Gerald Drabek, Class President
Gloria Larson, Class Advisor
Robert DeMatio, Class Advisor
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DECEASED CLASSMATES
 
Ron Parrish
(September 2012)
 
James Sergent
(March 9, 2013)
 
Shirley Cummings Denman
(September 26, 2011)
 
Richard Cowles
(February 7, 2011)
 
Phyllis M. Winter Meiser (July 31, 2007)
 
Terry Fitzpatrick

Larry Denman

Gerald Drabek(1992)

James Klepinger

Malcolm LeDuc(1996)

Carol Ann McKenny Sting
(May 28, 2001)

Robert Ogger

Holly Ann Orr Little

Arlene Schmitt Derosa

John Wilcox(July 15, 2001)

Robert Bragg-St.Joe (February 11, 2005)
 
Richard Hughey
 
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Class of 1954
 
Janet Allen Coates
Dick Benedict
Geraldine Bennett Illig
Joyce Blake Johnson
Carol Brindley
Beverly Buhlman Adams
Florence Burkett Bischoff
Darlene Clemens Winslow
Gary Cooper
Shirley Cummings Denman
Larry Denman
Marjorie Dent Ball
Gerald Drabek
Janet Drensky Thomas
Emma Elmore Gall
Robert Finn
Millard Fritz
Terry Fitzpatrick
Moynell Gallaher Pfeiffer
Virginia Gamm McKenney
Georgia Goatbe Eno
Alvin Good
David Goulder
Dick Hewson
Richard Hughey
Margaret Husted
Douglas Jameson
Birte Kaas Smith
Carol Keith Kerby
Sally Kenyon Horton
James Klepinger
Kathryn Larsen Cattrell
Ray Latreille
Malcolm LeDuc
Carolee Lucas Poling
Howard Melrose
Corinne Matthews Bertram
Carol McAllister Kruse
Carol Ann McKenney Sting
Arlene McMillen King
Beverly Miles Breault
Elaine Munn Zielinski
Edna Mae Ogger Germaine
Robert Ogger
Holly Anne Orr Little
Jim Orr
Edwin Ostrander
Ronald Parrish
William Petrovish
Harvey Pfeiffer
Nancy Pointer Bischoff
Mac Rosevear
James Sergent
Barbara Stillwagon Folts
Estella Thomas Hastie
John Wilcox
Janet Winslow Sayranian
Phyllis M. Winter Meiser
Dick Cowles

UNKNOWN ADDRESS
 
Margaret "Peggy" Husted
Millard Fritz
 
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James C. Sergent

May. 11, 1936 - Mar. 9, 2013

James C. Sergent, age 76, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away at his home on Saturday, March 9, 2013.  He was born May 11, 1936, in West Branch, Mich., the son of Benjamin and Clara Sergent. He graduated with the class of 1954 from West Branch High School.
 Jim was an insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha for 54 years, retiring last May. He was an active member of the Lions Club, served as president, and was deeply involved in many area service projects. He was a member of the Eagle River Recreation Association and served on the board of directors. Jim was a great supporter of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby and served as co-chairman for 34 years. He was a member of the Backtrackers Hunting Camp. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, downhill
skiing, Packer games and traveling with his family.
Jim is survived by his wife
of 49 years, Mary Kaye; daughter, Sandy (Steve); sons, Jim (Lennel) and Jeffrey (Jennifer); and seven grandchildren, Christopher, Cameron, Caroline, Andrea, Lukas, Amanda and Hunter. He is further survived by five brothers and sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joseph.

A memorial will be established in Jim's name.

Shirley Ann Cummings Denman
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Shirley Ann Cummings Denman of Davison, class of 1954 West Branch High School, age 76, began rejoicing in the arms of her Savior on Monday, September 26, 2011.   Born on September 20, 1935 in Saginaw, Michigan to Clayton and Stella Cummings. Shirley attended West Branch High School and married her high school and life-long sweetheart Larry J. Denman on November 13, 1954.   Together; they celebrated nearly 46 years of marriage, counting every moment a blessing.   Shirley was a wonderful wife and stay at home mom. Shirley was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Grand Blanc, MI. Left to cherish her memory and the wonderful heritage of a Godly mother are her children:  Marsha (Brad) Younce,  Jeff (Tami) Denman,  and Lori (Scott) Greenhaw; grandchildren: Joshua and Caleb (Caitlin) Denman, and Gregory, Holly Ann, Jacob and Levi Greenhaw.   Siblings; Orval Cummings, Maxine Ruegesegger, and Carol Smelser; brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews and adopted sister ; Elaine Stange.  She was preceded in her home-going by her husband;  Larry in 2000, son Gregory in 1976; parents, Clayton and Stella Cummings; sister, Dorothy Campbell and two unborn grandchildren. The family will receive friends and family at Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road on Saturday at 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM; Sunday 1:00 until 8:00 PM .  A celebration of her life will be held at Swartz Funeral Home on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM, Pastor Dan Louman officiating. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery.   Those desiring may make contributions to McLaren Hospice.

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Howard and Sonya Melrose 50th Anniversary
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August 14, 2011

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Richard Cowles Class of 1954

COWLES, Richard Lee In Loving Memory Richard Cowles, born on March 11, 1937 in West Branch, Michigan, died on the evening of February 7, 2011. Richard was a graduate of West Branch High School, West Branch, Michigan in the class of 1954. A resident of Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre, Richard passed away peacefully with his wife Suzanne and children by his side. Richard is survived by his four children: Matthew (Denver, CO), Colin (Shanghai, wife Wen, children Victor and Damaris), Christopher (Denver, CO, wife Jane and daughters Abigail and Sawyer) and Sara (Oceanside, CA). He will also be missed by his sister Dana Halliburton and her sons Mike and Greg Schneider (Georgia). Richard met Suzanne at the University of Michigan; this year they celebrated 51 years of marriage. Over the course of his career and the growth of their family, they lived in Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado and California before moving to Alberta. His work with Armco Steel Corp. and National Supply Co. led them to Red Deer and finally to Edmonton, their home for the last 22 years. A Civil Engineer by training, Richard held a series of management positions in manufacturing before moving into consulting work. He was a former chairman of Edmonton and Northern Alberta Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a member of the Society of Professional Engineers, and a former member of the Bissell Centre Board. In addition to being a loving husband and father, a loyal son, brother and friend, Richard will be remembered for his sense of humor, his personal warmth and his fundamental goodness of character. A Memorial Service to celebrate Richard's life will be held at Robertson-Wesley United Church, 10209 - 123 Street, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2011. The family has requested that no flowers be sent, and suggests that any donations be made to The Parkinson Society, The Diabetes Society, or the Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM). The family would also like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the friends who have helped in so many ways in recent years and the wonderful staff in unit 12Y at Edmonton General
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Phyllis Winter Meiser..Class of 1954
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From the Ogemaw County Herald
March 1, 2007...
WB native making a splash
 
Dick Hewson, a 1954 graduate of West Branch High School, has been making a splash in Colorado for decades. Pictured here in a photo published Feb.15 by The Denver Post, he is surrounded by his children and grandchildren.  Hewson left Michigan in the mid-1960's, relocating to Loveland, Col. He coached football and track in Michigan, but never taught swimming.  His resume, though, included classes in water safety instruction and life-guarding, and that was enough for the Loveland, Colorado School District to offer him a job in 1965 coaching its then-new swimming program. For nearly four decades now, the "legendary swimming coach," as The Denver Post dubbed him, has been the patriarch of a family that has produced numerous state champions and accomplished coaches in the sport.  Hewson is the only swimming coach ever inducted into the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.

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