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Dick Johnston

After college in the late 60’s I moved to Seattle for several years, working in the medical sales.  In 1972 I moved to Bend, where I fell in love with Center Oregon and my wife Karen.  We have been together for 39 years.  She works for Alaska Airlines and I am still working with the Redmond School District.  We have two children, living in Portland, Tracy and Ryan.  We enjoy traveling and all things outdoors in central Oregon.
 

Richard Rowe (AKA Rick)

After high school I worked in the cannery a season (Blue Lake Packers) for some money to attend Phagan’s Cosmetology School.  Obtained my license, worked in Portland and later in Salem, before getting out of that profession.  Afterwards I drove a delivery van in Portland for a couple years and then attended PCC for a year and a half.  During which time I worked summer seasons at the cannery.  Spent a few months in San Francisco, and later living in New Orleans for a winter season.  Eventually my seasonal work become fulltime as it became Agripac the Agrifrozen in Woodburn.  During that time, I was able to buy myself a little “tumbledown” house in West Salem with a large lot and potential garden space.  The house remains more “tumbledown” but the garden flourishes! (Priorities)  By the time Agrifrozen in Woodburn went out of business, I had accumulated enough years working plus my age to qualify for retirement.  With my house paid off and no outstanding bills, I opted for the retirement and have been retired for approx. 10 years.  For the past 30 years, my life has been enriched by the presence of my life friend Tony Castellanos.  I have kept in contact with my high school friend John Marsh and his partner Bob.  All very much appreciated for being in my life.
 

Chuck Rastorfer

After graduation, I went on active duty in the U.S. Navy Reserves serving as a deckhand aboard a rescue and salvage ship stationed in Pearl Harbor with duty taking me to many interesting ports in the Pacific.  After release to inactive reserve status, I went to OSU majoring in Construction Engineering Management and Accounting and graduated with a degree.  I then moved for several years to Boise, ID to work for Morrison-Knudsen Construction Co. as an estimator for construction projects.  When that job ended, I moved back to Salem where I first took a 30-day tour of Europe covering 10 countries and later went back to school at Western Business University in Portland enrolled in Computer Programming.  After graduation, I was able to get an entry-level job with Multnomah County as a computer programmer which later transferred to the City of Portland where I worked  for over 30 years mainly maintaining the Payroll Systems until I retired.  In the late 70's I married Sherrie Graf whom I still live with today.  During my working years, I bowled in 2 leagues a week for over 20 years.  Currently, I like to travel and watch movies.  My most memorable high school experience is playing in the bands. 
 

Randy Williams 

My first 20 year journey after high school included a BS degree in Wildlife Management from OSU followed by six years flying C-130s for the USAF, some of that time in SE Asia. I returned to Oregon a civilian, became a ski bum, and seeking a more marketable skill set, studied accounting at PSU. After a few years of skiing & study, I got my hippie behavior and hairdo exchanged for a coat & tie and a career in data processing at Tektronix. Six years after our 20th year HS reunion, I left a collapsing Tektronix, moved to California, got married, earned an MBA from Chapman University, and worked 15 years in information technology management positions for two Counties, San Diego and San Luis Obispo. My wife came with horses, so when retirement became possible, we left tax unfriendly California and brought our 13 Hackney horse operation in 2006 to Cathlamet Washington. Our twelve acre farm is located on an island (Puget) in the middle of the Columbia River about half way between Longview Washington and Astoria, Oregon in a county without a stoplight and probably more elk than people. We’ve made our farm wildlife friendly by restoring a pond that hosts waterfowl and other shore birds most of the year. I’m involved with community service activities, and work about 11 days a month assisting in the County Treasurer’s office. If I’m not doing ranch work, you will find me sailing on the Columbia river, taking long road trips on my BMW motorcycle, or playing my guitar at some local venue. I switched from playing clarinet in the Saxon band to the guitar at OSU during the hootenanny era. Retirement has opened up the time to pursue music with gusto including collaborations with other musicians, and recording CDs. Making music is just plain fun and good for the soul.
 

Rick Lewis

I never received the Nobel Peace Prize and I never became one of the “Captains of Industry”.  What I am delighted to share is that I am blessed with wonderful friends, a great son that is getting married this September to a lovely lady and I have a beautiful daughter that is expecting her first born, a son, in October. My fiancé, Phoebe, is a beautiful person inside and out. We live in Santa Rosa, CA. I am currently retired and find myself looking for part-time work. I do a lot of volunteering, am an active member of Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary and serve on the voluntary board of Burbank Housing which provides affordable housing for seniors, low-income families and special needs populations. My career involving affordable housing has taken me throughout the United States. Traveling around our beautiful country has been a great learning experience and produced many fond memories. Throughout my life, I have been an active hiker. I led hikes in Arizona for about 15 years. The body finally said, “that’s enough!” Life has been a truly beautiful trip and I feel very, very fortunate beginning in Salem, Oregon and continuing to Santa Rosa. A HIGH FIVE to all my former classmates, “Have a terrific 50th SSHS Class of ‘62 Reunion!” I had high hopes that Phoebe and I would be able to make it. In spirit, we will be there.
 

Darwin A. Biwer, Jr.

Last 40 Years:  After graduation, I went directly to OSU studying Fish and Wildlife Management.  I gained summer employment with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game in 1964.  I married in 1965; we had two girls and were divorced in 1971.  As Alaska was only 5 years old when I arrived in 1964, opportunity abounded and I soon became the Area Biologist of the Bristol Bay Commercial Salmon Fishery (largest salmon fishery in the world) at age 27.  I transferred to Juneau in 1974 to the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission implementing the law creating commercial fishing permits throughout Alaska. After “Limited Entry” was completed for all salmon fisheries in the state in 1977, I retired as Executive Director of the Commission after 15 years with ADF&G. During the energy crisis in 1978, I started a woodstove retail business in Anchorage, selling “Earthstoves” from Tualatin, Oregon.  In September of 1981, with two partners, I was able to get the time, money and opportunity to buy a small sleazy bar in downtown Anchorage. I renamed it “Darwin’s Theory”, spiffed it up a bit, and it became an instant success.  I soon bought out my partners and have been soul owner ever since.  In 1983, I also started a travel agency and worked both businesses until 1986 when the oil price “crash” came and with partnership problems, I was forced to close the agency, and keep the bar.  I took the liberty, after our 30th reunion in 1992, to add my classmates names from South Salem to my, at that time, fledgling mailing list (now 4,500 nationwide) for the Monkey Business, the quarterly newsletter from Darwin’s Theory.  Many people wonder who I am, as I had a low profile (literally) at South Salem.  At graduation from South, I was 5’ 9” inches tall, 185 lbs. and had hair (a short pudgy kid)!  My freshman year at OSU, I grew to 6’ 3” (right out of my hair) and still weighed 185 lbs.  My closest friends at South could hardly recognize me, so it’s not surprising most classmates don’t.  Several classmates have made it to Anchorage and visited my bar.  Many others have referred people to me, who were visiting Alaska.  As well as “bar wars” such as pool, shuffleboard, and darts, I played softball and basketball and skied throughout Alaska for years and now have taken up golf as well.  You have followed the exploits of Darwin (hisself), vicariously, in and around the bar scene in Alaska through the Monkey Business.  I live at Mt. Alyeska, the ski resort just outside of Anchorage, and travel a lot during the winter.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the 50th reunion!

 

Patti (Morris) Shanks 

Now for the Readers Digest version of my most recent 50 years....  I started out with college, then worked for eight years before moving to Germany for a five year stint with the Federal Government, living in Wiesbaden, Worms and Ramstein Air Base.  Wasn't able to learn much German but I was able to visit a number of other European countries (Russia was the most memorable) and even one in Africa. I married Gene in my 30's, moved to Anaheim, CA and became an instant grandmother.  Leaving earthquake country we bought a KOA campground in Casey, IL.  Oh the stories we could tell from those 11 years!!  Ozark, MO is now home, and no, we don't go to many Branson shows.  I've travelled all over the United States and one of my favorite eating places is In-N-Out Burgers.  I enjoy collecting stuffed animals, many as trip souvenirs.  Gene restores old cars.  He recently finished a 51 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup painted fire engine red.  His current project is a 47 Chevy Coupe - I'm moral support.  Great high school memories include the football and basketball games and then driving around afterwards on a dollars worth of gas.  Those were the days!!  So, a great 50 years and looking forward to many more.  See you at the reunion!
 

PAUL WHITE

RETIRED IN JULY 1995 & MOVED BACK TO OREGON FROM DANVILLE, CA. TOOK UP TRAVELING TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES, WHICH LED TO STAYING FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME & ENJOYING THE DIFFERENT PLACES AS A LOCAL. YOU CAN FRIEND ME ON FACEBOOK: (PAUL WHITE paworegon@yahoo.com).  I HAVE POSTED MANY OF MY TRAVELS & PICTURES, WHICH YOU MIGHT FIND INTERESTING. IN 2005, I DISCOVERED THAILAND & NOW CALL IT MY HOME. I HAVE A YEAR ROUND CONDO IN JOMTIEN BEACH, THAILAND, WHERE I SPEND MOST OF MY TIME. I HAVE A THAI GIRLFRIEND WHO SPEAKS 7 LANGUAGES & TRAVELS WITH ME THROUGHOUT THE ASIAN COUNTRIES. WE ENJOY OUR MANY EXPAT FRIENDS FROM MANY DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. THE LIFESTYLE IN THAILAND IS DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT & VERY REFRESHING. THE LAW HERE IS, YOU MUST USE COMMON SENSE. MUCH DIFFERENT FROM AMERICAN'S TODAY. I WILL NOT BE ATTENDING THE CLASS REUNION, BUT I DO HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYS THE GATHERING & ALL THE CATCHING UP THAT WILL BE GOING ON. I WISH ALL CLASSMATE'S A VERY HEALTHY FUTURE & FEEL FREE TOO CONTACT ME WHENEVER.  BEST TO YOU ALL!
 
Steve Tandy

I am the proud father of four kids and grandfather to four more. I have been married to Christine for 33 years and we all live in Salem.  For years I owned Tandy Sporting Goods, and I have been a Real Estate Developer since 1975. I am a Senior Vice President and broker at CBMW where I handle high-end properties. I am still going strong. I work out 5-7 days a week and have built a 10,000’ home in Salem – a real castle. I love life!
 
Marilyn Luther Egans
Married for 45 years to Michael Egans.  Daughters, Tamara and Andrea.  Granddaughters, Maiya and Olivia.  Have lived in Hillsboro since 1979,

Kathy (Dawson) Allison
 

High School was fun, besides classes I enjoyed sock hops and basketball.  I attended Willamette 2 years, transferred to Univ of Hawaii, majoring in Architectures 2 years.  During that time I started working in major motion pictures and found the making a living that way was truly enjoyable.  I moved to West Hollywood with the Mitchum family and began studying Acting.  My high school boyfriend, Darrell, was a Captain in the Air Force and thank goodness was transferred to March AF Base, CA.  We married in 1968, both began our work in real Estate and enjoyed our life there.  In 1973 we moved to Grants Pass and had a beautiful sweet baby girl, Heather, 3 weeks later.  We continued working in Real Estate opening our own office.  Darrell L. Allison Realtors in 1978.  We were blessed with a cute, smart, talented son who has kept us hoping ever since 1977.  I am so happy Cord has returned from Hilo, Hawaii and that he is the father of darling 18 month twin boys.  Both he and Heather who gave us our 1st fun grandson 3 years ago live near in Medford.  What a wonderful joy grandchildren are.  Darrell retired 12-31-08 and has never regretted that decision.  He enjoys his cars and working to our 5.5 acres like a park.  I took over the business and continue to work in hopes the economy will turn around before I wear out.  Darrell and I still live at Findley Bend on the Rogue River and will remain for the rest of our days.  I still have my beautiful 29 year old Arabian and a Palomino cutting horse.  My precious wolf, Shilo is slowing down but still goes on 4 mile walks with Darrell and his Great Dane most days.  I feel so blessed, my husband is so healthy and my children & families are near.