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Alumni Banquet Reservations 2021..

John Hart
Marilyn Meiser Hamilton
Alice DeNio Barnes
Mary Quigley Fox
Ann Strong Carrick
Bill Hamilton
Sue Black Hamilton
Gary &Sharon Munn Walters



Class Motto
"Seek all things.
Hold fast to that which is true"
Class Colors
Blue and White

Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
William "Bill" Steelman
Class President
Larry Schneider
Gary Spencer
Nancy DeMatio Carden
Nancy DeMatio Carden
Sharon Munn Walters
Alan Murray
 Class Advisor
Jack Yetman
 Class Advisor
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Judy Ann Thompson, 73, of Midland passed away Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at her home.

Judy was born Oct. 23, 1943, in West Branch to Howard and Jean (Lally) Thompson. She resided in Midland for more than 40 years, but always considered West Branch her home. Judy loved spending time with her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed sports, knitting and playing cards.

Judy is survived by her brothers, Patrick Thompson and Todd (Mindy) Thompson, and sister, Susan (Jerry) Conyer, all of West Branch. Also surviving are her nieces and nephews, Kim, Kraig, Kurt, Kory, Heather, Dustin, Ashley, Eleisha, Logan, Tim and Julie; several great-nieces and -nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friend, Maryann Brandes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Jean Thompson; sister, Trudy Thompson; and brother, Dr. Randy Thompson.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. with visitation starting at 11 a.m. The Rev. Tim Dibble will officiate. Burial will follow at Brookside Cemetery.


Larry Eldon Andrews, 71, of Gaylord passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at Otsego Memorial Hospital.

Born in West Branch on Aug. 4, 1944, Larry was the son of Stanley and Frances (Barrett) Andrews.

He was a graduate of West Branch High School in the class of 1962, and also attended Michigan State University. Larry served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. A longtime resident of West Branch, Larry had lived in Gaylord the last 15 years. He retired from Pepsi-Cola and had worked at Home Depot in Gaylord.

Larry was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a past president of West Branch Little League and enjoyed watching baseball and spending time in his workshop. He had a passion for spending time with his grandchildren and time at his cabin in Canada.

Larry married Sandra Schaefer in December 1967. She preceded him in death in 2003.

Surviving are his sons, Chris (Michele) Andrews of Elmira and Chad (Terri Gifford) Andrews of Grayling; grandchildren, Gage, Kate, Coy and Mandy Lee Andrews and Ella Gifford; and sisters, Sally Ludeking of Iowa and Nancy Bentley of Florida.



Jerald “Jerry” R. Lovell, age 70, a resident of Clinton Township, Michigan passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

He was born September 13, 1944 in West Branch, Michigan to the late George R. and Beulah A. Parliament Lovell.

On October 1, 2005, he was united in marriage to Lynn M. Davidson. This coming October, they would have celebrated their 10th Wedding Anniversary.

Jerry, as he was known to family and friends, was a proud graduate of Michigan State University and Detroit College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. He practiced law as an appeals attorney for over 30 years, although now retired.
Jerry was a former member of the State of Michigan Bar Association and the Macomb County Bar Association. Like Thomas Jefferson once said ‘I cannot live without books’… Jerry was an avid reader and book collector. He valued books, owned many of them, especially biographies and history books, and loved the time he spent holding one in his hands, reading. As a world traveler, he visited Alaska, Hawaii and many of the National Parks, taking in their beauty and historical significance.
With many hobbies and interests, he also studied all things related to geology. He collected rocks from his various travels and was known to have gathered so many, he would ship them home. He and wife Lynn would host weekly domino games and would also enjoy playing cards.

He is survived by his loving wife Lynn M. Davidson, Uncle Bert Parliament, Aunt Charlotte Parliament, many loving cousins, mother in law and father in law, Donna and Bernard Bowman, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews and other extended loving family. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his step father Lawrence Gallagher.



Obituary for Austin B. Basham

Austin B. Basham, age 70, passed away on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Alger, MI with his family by his side. Austin has lived in West Branch for most of his life. He was born to Gerald and Ruth (Kurzrock) Basham in West Branch, MI on April 12, 1944. Austin was a life member of the NRA, a CCW Instructor, and served in the US Navy from 1961 to 1965. He was a jack of all trades and always would lend a helping hand to friends. 

Austin is survived by his daughter: Theresa (Matt)
 Richardson of Dayton, OH; grandsons: Ethan and Asher; sisters: Gerry (Ron) Falkner of Howell, MI, and Patty Sue (Jack) Underhill of Green Valley, AZ; mother of his children: Helen (Bob) Miller of Oklahoma City, OK; companion: Judy McPherson and her family; and many nieces and nephews. Austin also had many special friends: David Yantz, Janet Blanchard, Steve Robinson, Bill Meier, and many others as well as his furry friend, Mister Whiskers. He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Jerry. 

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Saturday, September 27, 2014 starting at 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at 3:00 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

 Iva Maxine "Max" Cummings Ruegsegger

Maxine died August 22, 2014.


                                                                                                                                                             RUEGSEGGER, MAXINE "MAX" On August 22, 2014, Iva Maxine "Max" Ruegsegger broke free from the chains of Alzheimer's disease and Cancer and is now fully restored in the presence of her Lord and Savior. She was born on May 31, 1944 to Clayton and Stella Cummings in West Branch, Michigan and resided a majority of her life in Bay City, Michigan. Max's passion in life was serving others which was evident in variety of work she accomplished as well as the relationships she enjoyed throughout her life.She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Orville "Joe" Cummings, Shirley Denman, Carol Smelser and Dorothy Gerow. Left to cherish in her memory are her beloved family, Son, Sam (Sue) Ruegsegger, her three grandchildren Noah, Ben and Paige as well as family and friends.

Patrick C. Gallagher
(February 6, 1944 - May 31, 2013)

Patrick C. Gallagher, age 69, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, at West Branch Regional Medical Center. Pat was born March 2, 1944, to Arthur and Dorothy (Meir) Gallagher and had lived in West Branch for all of his life. Pat was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, K of C #2022, and the NRA. He retired from Sandvik in 2009 after 25 years of service. Pat enjoyed hunting, fishing, trips out west and hunting trips to the U.P.

Pat is survived by his former wife, Mary Ehinger, his sons, Irish (Linda) Gallagher of Benton Harbor, Ryan (Sherri) Gallagher of West Branch, and Tracy Gallagher of Midland, his grandchildren, Shane, Devin, Karissa, and Justin. Also surviving are his brothers Gary (Lauranne) Gallagher of Flint, Danny (Pat) Gallagher, and Greg Gallagher both of West Branch, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to express extreme gratitude to his friends that have assisted him in the last several years. Especially Don and Christa Brown and Dick Wangler.



Jerry L. Shore
(July 26, 1944 - March 19, 2012)

U.S. Veteran

Jerry Lee Shore, age 67 of Alger,class of 1962, passed away March 19, 2012 at his home. Jerry was born July 26, 1944 in West Branch to James and Delores (Craft) Shore. He had lived in Ogemaw County for all of his life. Jerry was a member of the Moose Lodge of West Branch and he enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping, bowling and going to the casino. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War was employed by Bunting Sand and Gravel for over 30 years.

Jerry is survived by his wife Sharon Shore of Alger, children, Rebecca Shore of West Branch, Darrin Adcock of West Branch, Anne (Frank) Boddy of Alger, Jerry (Jeane) Shore of Holt, Dirk Adcock of Alger and William Shore of West Branch, and his mother Delores Shore of West Branch. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, brother, Gary (Susan) Shore of Port Charlotte, FL, his sisters, Margaret Killinger of West Branch, Gloria (Richard) Bird of Houghton Lake and Linda (Homer) Randall of Prudenville, his brother-in-law Clark Faist of Pigeon and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father James Shore, brother-in-law Irving “Kelly” Killinger and a nephew Kevin Shore.

The family would like to thank their nephews Jim, Tim and Terry Killinger and their niece Debbie Kennedy for their special help during Jerry’s illness and sister, Margaret and brother, Gary for staying at night with Shirley.


Carol Jo Crawford Jensen








Carol Baker
Donna Finner Green  

Bonnie Schmitt
Dennis Bragg



Jerry Lee Shore

(March 19, 2012)


 Trudy Thompson

(October 11,2011)


Yvonne Killinger DelMotte

(September 6, 2011)


Sharon Sheick Bunting

(April 20, 2011)


Sheldon A. Matthews

(June 20, 2010)


Chery Palmer McClarty


Jean Snyder Short Deguise



Raymond Kartes


Richard Brown

Maryhelen Beck


JoAnne Bennett Nagel

Maretta Brennan Perry

Donna Carscallen McKinney



Judy Conners Zimmer


Carol Jo Crawford Jensen



Sharon DeCourcy Grimes


Paul Lebzelter

Joe Schaaf


 Milford Scott

 (Jauary 13, 1999)

Gary Spencer

Richard Thomas

(December 19,2005)

Gary Drabek

 (December 12, 2002)

Diann Beatrice Walters Whitney

 (January 25, 2006)




Trudy Thompson
Class of 1962

Trudy A. Thompson, age 67, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011 at her home in West Branch.. Trudy was born on October 23, 1943 in West Branch and lived there for most of her life. She graduated from West Branch High School in 1962 and was employed by McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint and Tolfree Memorial Hospital in West Branch before retiring.

Trudy is survived by her twin sister Judy Thompson of Midland and brothers Dr. Randy (Kathy) Thompson, Patrick Thompson and Todd (Mindy) Thompson and her sister, Susan (Jerry) Conyer all of West Branch. Also surviving are her nieces and nephews Kim, Kraig, Kurt, Kory, Heather, Dustin, Ashley, Eleisha and Logan, 5 great nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Jean Thompson.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Friday, October 21, 2011 from 2-9 p.m. On Saturday, visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Dan Stoneback will officiate with burial following at Brookside Cemetery, West Branch.

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Yvonne Killinger DelMotte
Class of 1962

Yvonne K. Delmotte, age 67 of West Branch, passed away Tuesday September 6, 2011 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Yvonne had lived in West Branch for most of her life. She was the treasurer for the D.A.V. Auxilary Chapter #72, Ogemaw Hills. She enjoyed bingo, going to the casino and spending time with her grandchildren.

Yvonne is survived by her husband Joe Delmotte of West Branch, children, Joe Jr. (JoAnn) Delmotte of Falling Waters, WV, John (Diane) Delmotte and Jeff (Mary) Delmotte both of West Branch, grandchildren, Jessica, Justin, Jay, Kailyn, Madison and Elizabeth and her great-grandchildren, Kalli Jo, Michele, Jordan and Dakota. Also surviving are her sisters, Dorothy Bigelow of Bellaire (Class of 1947), Jane Turow of Lake and Etheline Awrey (Class of 1956)of West Branch and her brothers, Vernon (Cora) Killinger of West Branch and Melvin (Diane) Killinger of Rose City (Class of 1969), and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers Harley Killinger Jr., Irving Killinger and Orville Killinger and her parents Harley and Eva Killinger.


Sharon Rose (Sheick) Bunting
Born in West Branch, Michigan on July 30, 1944
Departed on April 20, 2011 and resided in Highland, Michigan.  
Sharon Rose (Sheick) Bunting - age 66, of Highland, Michigan, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at St. Joseph Mercy. Services were held 11 AM Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. Interment will follow at Rose Center Cemetery.  Mrs. Bunting was born July 30, 1944 in West Branch, the daughter of John Sheick and Ruth Walters. She enjoyed art, gardening and volunteering her time. Surviving are: husband, Richard (Dick); two daughters, Trina (Jeffrey) Hillman of Swartz Creek, Marna (Wayne) Bunting-Smith; granddaughter, Lindsey Smith; four sisters, Nancy (Bill) Burt, Angie (Bob) Arnold, Arlene Smith, Linda (Dick) Stowell; special niece, Rose (Ted) Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Lawrence Tanner and sister, Carol.
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Jean Snyder Short DeGuise
Class of 1962

Ray Kartes - Class of 1962
Raymond S. Kartes, age 64 of West Branch, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at his home. Ray was a loving husband to Sally Hodgins Kartes (Class of 1962, father, grandfather and an avid outdoorsman. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Michigan Supreme Travel Club, Pheasants Forever and the NRA. He retired from General Motors in 1994.

Ray is survived by his wife Sally ,of West Branch, his son, Michael (Elizabeth) Kartes of Boyne City, grandchildren, Weston, Landon and Ashlyn, his mother, Beatrice Kartes of West Branch, sisters, Melvia Buckel of West Branch, Marge (Rodger) Reinke of Linden and Anna (Jack) Chisa of Saginaw, his brother in law, Richard Hodgins of West Branch, sister in law, Judy Hodgins of Minnesota and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Steve Kartes and brother in laws, Patrick Hodgins and Ed Buckel.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin on Friday, February 20, 2009 from 2-8 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, there will be no visitation at the funeral home. The family will receive friends at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Branch beginning at 1:00 p.m. until the Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Fr. Robert Bissot will officiate.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Ogemaw County or to St. Joseph Church for Masses in Ray’s name.





Larry Andrews
Judy Bair Miller
Carol Baker
Austin Basham
Maryhelen Beck
Dean Bedtelyon
JoAnne Bennett Nagel
Priscilla Best
Sue Black Hamilton
Kathleen Blum Zettel
Dennis Bragg
Donald Breadon
Maretta Brennan
Diane Brindley Gray
Richard Brown
Donna Carscallen MCKinney
Judy Conners Zimmer
Sue Copeland
Carol Jo Crawford Jensen
Maxine Cummings
Sharon DeCourcy Grimes
Nancy DeMatio Carden
Alice DeNio
Gary Drabek
Colleen Fox
Mary Ehinger Gallagher
Donna Finner
Sherry Finnerty
Mary Lou Fisher
Donna Fluery
Arno Frosh
Pat Gallagher
Jeanett Gildner
Janey Gillies Winslow
Perry Goldy
Leroy Good
Patricia Graham
William Hamilton
Sharon Harshman Turow
John Hart
Sally Hodgins Kartes
Julie Hoenshell Felstead
Tom Hughey
Tom Jeffries
Raymond Kartes
Yvonne Killinger Delmotte
Paul Lebzelter
Jerald Lovell
Janet Marchinski
Sheldon Matthews
Lois Meir
Marilyn Meiser Hamilton
Russell Miller
Sharon Munn Walters
David Allen Neubecker
Jerry Norton
Nancy O'Grady
Ron Oliver
Donna Pekrul Walsh
Gail Priddy
Marjorie Priddy
Mary Quigley Fox
Jean Rau Priest Berry
Janis Remilong
Roger Remilong
Joyce Ritter Pfeiffer
Jeff Rivard
Judy Rosebrugh Bedtelyon
Joseph Schaaf
Sharon Sheick
Sharon Schliter Rieger
Bonnie Schmitt
Floyd Short
Jerry Shore
Jean Snyder Short Deguise
Larry Schneider
Milford Scott
Gary Sergent
Garry Shore
Gary Spencer
William Steelman
Doug Stephens
Sharon Stephens
Ann Strong Carrick
Betty Jean Szucs Brindley
Gary TenBrook
Richard Thomas
Judy Thompson
Trudy Thompson
Diann Walters Whitmey
Gary Walters
Joanne Williams
Bob Winter
Joyce Winter Remilong
Stephen Wright
A note from classmate Jeff Rivard..

After graduating from WBHS in 1962, Jeff attended Central Michigan
University, graduating in 1966. He taught high school English, and coached
golf and basketball in Holland, Saginaw and North Branch, 1966-71. He left
teaching/coaching to return to college, this time to Michigan State for
another degree obtained (1972), then back to CMU for a MA in Communication
Arts (Broadcasting/Journalism) (1974). Jeff then worked for his college
fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, as a traveling consultant, 1974-76. He began a
five decades career in golf administration in 1977 as the first ever CEO of
the Sun Country Golf Association located in Alqubuquerque. Other stops were
as a Rules Official on the LPGA Tour, Regional Affairs for the USGA, and
Executive Director, Golf Association of Michigan, 1984-92. Since 1993, Jeff
has served as Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Golf
Association, and resides in Pittsburgh.

Jeff has traveled extensively, more than 40 states, plus golf trips to both
Ireland and Scotland. He has been married once, no children.