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
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.
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.
Darwin A. Biwer, Jr.
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!
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 email@example.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!
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.