Donna L. Morse Maerz
My relatives all think I’ve retired to a lavish island with maids, servants, and a private jet. Truth is I’m….living “below my means” (Ha!) back in Merced, CA, where I’m lucky enough to have two jobs and can see my granddaughter everyday. She’s 3. We love Buzz Light-year, Woody, Jesse, trains, parks, playing ball, and the whole world is a wonder. Can’t wait to get back to Oullettes to see if I’m still “Queen of the outhouse” – Dale Addie could become the “King”, if I don’t make it in time to do my “duty”. In any case, roses, hugs, and loves to all.
Carol Ann Smith Newton Bolster Slocum
I’m semi-retired and living on floating home on Hayden Island in Portland, Or. Lived in Seattle for 30 years. Had a good and fun career in retail and as a sales rep. for Fashion Accessories. Traveled the N.W., Alaska, and to N.Y.C. 5 times a year. Enjoyed cruising the San Juan’s and Gulf Islands aboard the “Glorybe” an 36’ 1914 classic yacht. Have traveled some: Hong Kong, South China, Australia, Great Barrier Reef, and the Hawaiian Islands. Still enjoy gardening, but on a floating boat it’s confined to pots and planters. My 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters and families are all in Oregon and we still like each other – Life is good….
Following high school graduation, I attended Pacific Lutheran University, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and History. Following four years of graduate school at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, I was ordained as a Lutheran clergyman in June, 1970. I served congregations in Tillamook, Oregon, Longview, Washington and Seattle, Washington until 1985, when I resigned parish ministry and began a new career as a securities and insurance broker. After 26 years in this business, I formally retired in 2011.
I married my college sweetheart, Wilma (Willy) Baer in August, 1966. Willy retired in 2008, after 20 years in Sales and Management with McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. Prior to her work with McGraw-Hill, she owned a textile art business and, also was a school teacher in the public and private sector. During the 46 years of our life together, we have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren. Our oldest, Bryan, lives with his wife, Melissa in Dayton, Ohio, where they are both elementary public schoolteachers. Our oldest grandson, Luke, will be a freshman in college this fall; Lyrit is a 7th grader and Liam is a 5th grader in Dayton. Our middle son, Joel, lives in Seattle with his wife, Sarah, and two children – Erik, a 5th grader, and Anna, a 2nd grader. Joel is an Art Director at REI and Sarah is an Occupational Therapist. Our youngest son, Leif, is single, lives near us in Seattle, and works at KCTS television station in Seattle, a Public Broadcasting Service Network.
In addition to our primary residence in Seattle, we own a home on Lake Chelan, where we spend most of the summer months enjoying the growing wine culture and the resort atmosphere attendant with the recreational water activities and outdoor hiking, backpacking and camping. Our Chelan home is also a place where our family can gather each year at the same time, in one place for summer fun and outdoor recreation. With two large properties to maintain and manage, my primary hobby and retirement passion is gardening. Since college days, I have maintained a strong interest in History and continue sleuthing in my favorite used bookstores looking for first editions and other gems in the Revolutionary War, Civil War and 20th century history with emphasis on the Presidents. Willy has an abiding interest in our German/Norwegian ancestry and has done extensive research for our family history, dating back to the 14th Century. We travelled in 2011 to seek and explore some of these New World roots in S. Dakota and Minnesota.
Since Willy’s business career involved extensive travel, we have nurtured friendships in all corners of the country and we connect with these friends as often as our time allows. These years in the penultimate time of our lives are the most enjoyable for the time we have nurturing the development of our grandchildren and looking back with grace and gratitude for our good fortune in reaching this time of life, still in good health, with positive attitudes and hopeful spirit that we will leave our progeny a better, more gentle world.
Sandie (Francis) Stoutenburg
Gail (Shoemake) Scott
Gosh, a lot of water has passed under the bridge for all of us but it’s great to catch up and see where the twists and turns of our lives have taken us. Following a year at the University of Colorado (where I majored in skiing and beer drinking and pining away for Cecilia) the Dean of Students suggested that a smaller school with fewer distractions might enhance my chances for graduation. I transferred to Linfield and reacquainted with Cecilia. Following a New Year’s celebration with Dick and Zena we became a “family” and a month later we were married. Our son Danny was born in September ’64. I graduated and joined the Air Force going to pilot training in Texas with Cecilia, Danny and now a sweet addition; our daughter, Jeanne born in ’66. A move to northern Maine followed as I was assigned to Strategic Air Command (SAC) flying KC-135 tankers. A year tour in Viet Nam in C-130’s followed, and at that point my immaturity and sense of adventure and immortality led Cecilia and me to divorce. A number of other Air Force assignments followed… from Southern California flying B-52 bombers to The Boeing Company in Wichita doing test and acceptance flights in multiple aircraft, to 5 years in Berlin working with French, British, and Soviet Air Force Staff Officers, and completing my 20 years back in SAC as a KC-135 instructor pilot. While in Berlin I met a wonderful lady from West Virginia and we were married in 1980.
Following retirement from the Air Force in 1986, we moved to Winchester,
Virginia, where I settled into a job as a Director of Human Resources
for a sheet vinyl manufacturing company but within 3 months was offered
a position flying one of their corporate jets. Eight years of corporate
flying and suddenly I was asked to take over the entire corporate HR
function. In 2006 our company was bought by a multi-national global
polymer company and I switched jobs moving to a fruit processing
/manufacturing company in Winchester where I retired as their Vice
President of Human Resources. After 2 years of traveling Europe and the
US in our camper, hiking, climbing, snowshoeing and skiing in Colorado
and Montana, and building a log home on a river in West Virginia, I was
approached by a local company to fly part-time for them in their Hawker
900 XP jet. So I am now mostly retired, still wonderful friends with
Cecilia, and enjoying all the blessings that come with good health,
maturity, a wonderful daughter and 5 grandchildren.
Daryll T. Smith
After graduation I went to OCE (now Western Oregon U) – leaving just
before I had enough credits to graduate – because it seemed like a good
idea then and much more fun to own a tavern! So I opened The Tap Room
in Independence, then Magoo’s in Salem, and purchased The Westerner in
Albany. In 1975 I sold the last bar and got into the used car business,
eventually opening Keizer Auto Sales in two locations in Keizer. In
1986 I left the car business and got into the Christmas tree business.
I grow trees here in the Willamette Valley and retail them in San
Antonio and the South Texas area. I spend five months every winter in
San Antonio and the rest of the year here in Salem. I have 3 sons. 7
grandkids, and 2 great-grandkids. Of those 12 kids, there’s only one
girl!! Elaine loves to travel, and she drags me along, reluctant and
protesting. We’ve been to many countries and islands, including Europe
and Asia, and this spring it was Norway, Finland, and Russia. But I
must admit it’s been fun and extremely interesting and educational.
She’s got The Czech Republic and Poland on our itinerary for next year –
if I go (ha ha). Every summer I still drive the first car I ever owned
(bought when I was 15 in Montana) – my ’37 Ford Coupe.
Walt won't be able to attend the reunion. Here is a brief
explanation: Gretchen just got on the Lung Transplant list at
the University of Washington so we won’t be able to attend. We are
staying very close to home as when we get the call we have to be in
Seattle within 4 hours. All is going well and we both are excited and
anxious to get this behind us. It will get Gretchen back to living a
Linda Ohling Bell
After graduation from South Salem I attended Washington State University
and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. I was married to
Bob Bell on graduation week end and we started our married life in Los
Angeles until Bob had to report for active duty in Army. We were
stationed at Fort Belvoir near Alexandria VA for one year and then Bob
was sent to Vietnam. I spent the year back in Salem from April ’68 to
May ’69 and was the school librarian shared by Highland Elementary and
Engelwood Elementary. The principal at Highland was George Wright who
had been principal at Liberty School when I attended there in the 6th