Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1950 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1950 Mirror Class History.
Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of surviving members of the IHS Class of 1950 is in the Classmate Directory. (Modified October 3, 1999)
Class of 1950's 63rd Reunion Sept 2013....
Jane Nile '50 sent reunion plans - We are having a 63rd REUNION Dinner On September 28,2013 at The Waterfront Grille - Herkimer NY.
Class of 1950 - Reunion September 2012....
'We gathered at the Waterfront Grille on the 29th. It was our 62nd and everyone seemed to enjoy seeing each other. The alumni who attended were Frank Callahan, Katherine Colliton Taylon, Terry Crandall, Marion Gettle Becker, Carol Hathaway Sweeney, Helen Pezdek Anthaume, Tom Pierce, Gloria Primmar Watts, Sylvia Reed Bulson, Jane Russell Nile, Fran Sanders Streeter, Maxine Smith Palczynski, JoAnn Wilson Nunneker and Verna Fifield Vandawalker. We had 14 and that was great along with around 10 spouses. The class of 1950 had 90 members, of which 40 are no longer with us. We read the list of those who have passed on and sang "Til We Meet Again and the IHS Alma Mater.' As reported by Jane Russell Nile (October 7, 2012)
Class of 1950 - 59th Reunion....
JoAnn Wilson Nunneker sent reunion plans
WE ARE HAVING A 59TH REUNION ON JULY 25TH AT THE HOME OF THOMAS PIERCE. CONTACTS are:
WE ARE LOOKING FOR --- DORIS WHEELER FAULKNER, ROBERT ANDREWS, THOMAS NELSON.
The Class 50th Year Reunion.....
It's finally here... see the Group Photograph from the 50th Year Reunion Celebration. (November 27, 2000)
The Class 50th Year Reunion Schedule....
Thursday September 28 there will be a beer and pizza blast at Thurstons in Frankfort at 7:00 PM for all those who wish to attend. Friday during the day we hope to play a little golf in the morning. A Remington Arms and High School tours are also planned for Friday. In the evening there will be the Cocktail party at the Ilion Little Theater Club. Saturday morning a little tennis is planned. Saturday afternoon, the plan will be to attend a Bombers football game. Due to league realignment the Ilion schedule is not yet known. Fran and Terry are in contact with Bob Turly, Ilion H S Athletic Director. Bob will advise them when the schedule is known. Saturday night the big event (Dinner-Dance) will be held at the Holiday Inn in New Hartford.
At this time we have heard from 46 classmates who plan to attend the reunion. Thirty-five classmates will be bringing their spouses. We have yet to hear from 11.
The cost of the reunion will be (Plan "A") $92.50 per person for those who would be attending the beer and pizza blast and (Plan "B") $85.00 per for those who would not be going to the blast. The cost would include the Dinner-Dance, Cocktail party, Ilion H.S. class of 1950 sweat shirt, a commemorative drinking glass and refreshments at the hospitality suite. The Beer and Pizza party would be optional, we understand some might not be able to attend.
Because we are in need up front money for deposit etc. we would appreciate sending in deposits as soon as possible. We are requesting $50.00 per person as a deposit and the balance to be paid by September 1, 2000. Make the check or money order out to Class of 1950 and mail it to Jo Ann Nunneker 61 John St. Ilion, NY 13357 with the registration form included with the newsletter.
John (Barney) Conway, Coordinator
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS (May 9, 2000)
50th Reunion in the Year 2000.....
Several members of the Class of 1950 have been trying to find the rest of the class, their current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses in preparation for the 50th reunion in 2000. Please send all correspondence to Jane Nile by email (Updated July 14, 2004)
Can anyone help us locate the following people:
James Terry Crandall, IHS 1950 and Elementary Principal, age 84 passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning July 20, 2016 in Albany Medical Center. He had the support and comfort of his wife Barbara at his side. He was born on June 24, 1932 in Ilion, son of the late Arthur and Harriette Rasbach Crandall. A lifelong area resident he was a graduate of Ilion High School. In 1955 he enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1957. He then moved to Richfield Springs coming from Ilion. Mr. Crandall furthered his education at Oneonta State Teachers College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in education and Utica College where he received his Master’s Degree. For seventeen years Mr. Crandall worked in School Administration. He served at Richfield Springs Central School, Barringer Road School in Ilion and the East Frankfort School. He retired in 1985. On July 19, 1975 he was united in marriage to the former Barbara Doig on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. Terry had a strong sense of community; he was a member of American Legion Post # 616 Richfield Springs, a member of the Canadrago Lake Association and had served as President of the Richfield Springs Lions Club. Mr. Crandall was an accomplished Scuba Diver. He at one time was President of the New York State Scuba Divers and a member of the Bateau Below Inc. at Lake George. To all who knew him he was a caring, energetic man with an exceptional intellect and an unforgettable smile. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Surviving are his devoted wife of forty –one years, Barbara, a daughter-in-law Joyce Crandall of Lafayette, LA, a brother-in-law Richard Doig and his wife Patricia, two nephews, Brandon, Kim, Wyatt and Derrick Doig all of Cape Neddick, ME, a cousin, Donna Angelichio of Ilion, and his faithful canine Brooke. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his son Mark Stuart Crandall. Calling hours for Mr. Crandall will be on Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James Street; Richfield Springs. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00am in front of the flag pole at the Richfield Springs Veterans Club on Lake Avenue, Richfield Springs with the Reverend Kenneth Dingman officiating. Military Honors provided the US Army will follow. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery Herkimer. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or the Richfield Springs Lions Club. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (July 27, 2016)
Gary Keith Kidder IHS 1950, 83, of San Antonio, passed away on April 16, 2015. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at Fort Sam Houston on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. Gary was born in Ilion, New York, to Keith and Ione Kidder on October 13, 1931. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1950 and, at 18 years old, was signed to a professional baseball team, the Poughkeepsie Chiefs. He went on to serve in the Air Force, including Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1976 as Chief Master Sergeant. Gary led major military personnel automation initiatives for the Air Force and, afterwards, in corporate and civil service programs, retiring a second time from Federal Civilian Service in 1997. Gary is survived by his partner, Cheryl Fuller; his sons, Sam and Dale; daughters, Robin and Jackie; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Dorothy; and son, Steven. Though a true Yankee, Gary considered Texas his home, with over 50 years in the State and many personal and professional ties to Randolph Air Force Base. He will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Gratitude is extended for the exceptional care provided by Franklin Park, Sonterra, Assisted Living, and VITAS hospice caregivers. Please sign the guestbook at www.colonialuniversal.com. (April 28, 2015)
Marion Elsie (Gettle) Becker IHS 1950, age 80, of McKennan Road, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning September 1, 2013 in her home. She was born on September 15, 1932, in Ilion, daughter of the late Peter and Elsie Livingston Gettle. A lifelong area resident she was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On October 6, 1950 she was united in marriage with Leon Becker in Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer. They have made their home in Herkimer since that time. Mrs. Becker had a strong faith in God and was a devout member of Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer.In her leisure time she found joy and relaxation in doing ceramics. She was especially fond of her home, the warmth, friendship and cherished times she shared with her husband and their many friends. She will be truly missed. Surviving are her devoted husband of sixty-two years, Leon several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great-nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother George Gettle, two brothers-in-law, Quentin Becker and his wife Janice, and Joseph Morse and wife Cynthia. Calling hours for Mrs. Becker will be on Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:00 pm in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday in Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer. The Very Reverend Mark Cunningham, pastor will officiate. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery will take place at a later time. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 5, 2013)
Lois M. (Bunce) Firsching IHS 1950 Lois M. Firsching, 80, of Deerfield, passed away November 30, 2011, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. She was born November 4, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of Irving and Mabel Rice Bunce. Lois was a graduate of Ilion High School and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, class of 1954. She married Joseph A. Firsching, III, on February 5, 1955, in St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford. Lois gave up her nursing career to dedicate herself to her family. As a housewife and mother, she was active in supporting all of herchildren's activities as well as being a member of the PTA and many booster clubs. Mrs. Firsching was active in local politics and was a member of the Deerfield Republican Club. She is survived by her three children, Joyce Firsching Wirth and husband, Mark, of VA, Joseph A. Firsching, IV, of Utica, and Joanne E. Firsching Phelps and husband, Steven, of Deerfield; two grandchildren, Emma and Adam Phelps; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and her siblings, Louis Baum, Ruamy Spraker, Neil Baum, and twin brother, Glenn Bunce. Memorial services will be Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, Forty Main Street, Whitesboro. Calling hours are Tuesday (today) from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to a charity very dear to Lois, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital . Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be left at: www.dfwefh.com. (Dec 26, 2011)
Carole Stilwell Mabeus IHS 1950, 79, went to her Heavenly Father on Jan. 14, 2011. Carole was born on Sept. 15, 1931, in Ilion, to Bertha Charbaneau Stilwell and Harry Stilwell. Carole graduated nursing school from Albany College in Albany. On Aug. 2, 1952, she married Arthur Mabeus, of Ilion, and together they raised ten children. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving children; son, Richard Mabeus and wife, Maria of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Robert Mabeus and wife, (Tammy) of Pewaukee, Wisc.; daughter, Cathy Gilman and husband, John of Stillwater; son, William Mabeus and wife, Dana of Wake Forest, N.C.; son, David Mabeus of Albany; daughter, Linda Hughes and husband, Michael of Mt. Airy, Md.; daughter, Patricia Mabeus of Auburn Hills, Mich.; son, Steven Mabeus and wife, Lori, of York, Pa.; and son, James Mabeus and wife, Mary, of Severna Park, Md.; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; and by her son, John Mabeus. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday morning, Jan. 17, 2011, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-5811). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607-6372, or St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 520 W. Holding Ave. Wake Forest, NC 27587. www.brightfunerals.com. (Jan 23, 2011)
Some update on deceased class members. They include:
Charles G. Squire Jr. IHS 1950 - On July 25, Charles G. Squire Jr., of Brooksville, Fla., formerly of Ilion, lost his courageous battle with cancer. He was 74. Chuck was educated in East Frankfort schools and graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1950. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and worked as a photographer. Upon returning to the states, he served many years in the Army Reserves. Chuck enjoyed a 34-year career at General Electric in Utica, working in photography and microfilm. As a youth, Chuck earned the rank of Eagle Scout and remained active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his lifetime. He was a Vigil Honor member and advisor to Kamargo Lodge, Order of the Arrow, Scoutmaster, active council member and Silver Beaver Recipient of the General Herkimer Council, BSA. Upon retirement, he and his wife Rosie served several years on the staff at Camp Russell on White Lake. He was also active in the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the Mohawk Drum and Bugle Corps, the American Legion and Amateur Radio Clubs of Herkimer N.Y. and Cloverleaf Community in Brooksville, Fla. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Rosemarie (Thibault); his children, and grandchildren, Bob (Rachel), Jason, Kristen, Christopher, Gregory, Michael, Patrick, Cooper, Matthew and Laura. A celebration of his life is being planned for Aug. 23 in Ilion, N.Y., with details to be published at that time. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a contribution to the Charles G. Squire, Jr. Memorial Campership Fund C/O Revolutionary Trails Council, BSA, 1401 Genesee St., Utica, N.Y. 13501. (Aug 15, 2008)
Alan Joseph Momberger IHS 1950 died May 20, 2005 from unexpected complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Momberger was a graduate of West Point and served as a Captain in the Air Force. He served as an aeronautical engineer, project manager, and international liaison for Bendix Aviation, General Time Corporation, Lockheed Corporation, and ended his evolutionary career with Northrop Grumman Corporation. His full obituary is available at the United States Military Academy at Alan Joseph Momberger (July 11, 2008)
Alvin H. Bluett IHS 1950, 78, of 9 W. Montgomery St., Ilion, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, N.Y.He was born on Sept. 15, 1929, in Herkimer, the son of LeRoy E. and Olive (Waterman) Bluett and was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended Mohawk Valley Tech, Utica. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. On May 10, 1952, he was married to Barbara Allen at the First Baptist Church of Ilion. Mr. Bluett was employed at Griffiss AFB, Rome, as a draftsman from June 1954 to September 1986. He was a member, past trustee, and past deacon of the First Baptist Church of Ilion and was a member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge and Mohawk Valley Square Dancers. At one time Alvin was very active in Boy Scouts and was known by local children as 'the bicycle man.' He held his family very near and dear to him and his greatest enjoyment was to have them all home together. During the past 20 years he enjoyed his winter trips to Florida. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; four children, Lynn Bluett and his wife Denise of Rochester, Kevin Bluett and his wife Leslie of Ilion, David Bluett and his wife Maureen of Lockport, and Catherine Slowik and her husband Edward of Ilion; seven grandchildren, Kevin Jay Bluett II and his wife Cathy, Heather Goerlich and her husband Steven, Gretchen Spencer and her husband Patrick, Christopher Bluett and his fiance Erin Fasolilli, Jennifer Bluett, Andrew Slowick, Sarah Slowik; five great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was predeceased by his parents, one brother, Danford Bluett and three sisters, Frances Sullivan, Peggy Kingsley, and Eleanor Wilks.Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Dr. Andrew D. Peloubet, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ilion, officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-7 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.Friends and relatives wishing to share a memory of Alvin or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet.Anyone needing a ride to visitation and/or services may call the funeral home at 895-7722 for complimentary transportation assistance. As an expression of sympathy memorial contributions may be made to Ilion Ambulance Corps or Herkimer County Humane Society. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Dec 15, 2007)
Richard R. 'Dick' Townsend IHS 1950, age 73, of 10 Spruce St., Ilion, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2004, at Faxton Hospital with his beloved family by his side. Dick was born June 24, 1931 in Mohawk, son of the late H. Roy and Bertha (Beck) Townsend. He attended Ilion schools and graduated with the Class of 1950. Dick was a proud veteran, serving with the US Navy during the Korean War. On July 25, 1959 he was united in marriage to Sheryll O'Connell at St. Augestines Episcopal Church, a blessed union of 45 years. Dick was employed by Bendix Corp., Utica, retiring in 1993 with over 40 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Ilion American Legion Post 920, Ilion fish and Game Club, Schuyler Senior Citizens, at one time United Steelworkers, and was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Dick especially enjoyed meeting with his good friends at McDonalds for his morning coffee and conversation. Survivors include his loving wife, Sheryll; one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Terri Townsend of Leominster, MA; two daughters and one son-in-law, Deborah Townsend of Syracuse, and Sandra and Bob Mersfelder of Syracuse; five cherished grandchildren, Christopher, Brian and Sarah Townsend, Luke and Austin Mersfelder; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Nicastro. Dick's funeral service will be held Friday, August 13, 2004, commencing at 10 a.m. at the APPLEGATE & DAY FUNERAL HOME, 102 West St., Ilion. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow. Family and friends are invited to visitation, Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the APPLEGATE & DAY FUNERAL HOME, Ilion. Dick's family wishes to thank the staff at Faxton/St. Luke's Cancer Center, especially Sister Maureen for the care and compassion shown to Dick and them during his illness. Memorial contributions in Dick's memory may be considered to Faxton/St. Lukes Regional Cancer Center, donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To express your condolences or add to Dick's online memorial go to www.applegateandday.com. (September 6, 2004)
William A. Best Jr. IHS 1950, of New London, N.H., passed away Saturday, April 24, 2004, after a short illness. Bill was born in Ilion Aug. 16,1932, the son of the late William A. and Corinne (Lockman) Best Sr. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1950 and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from RPI, Troy, in Chemical Engineering. Bill's career working for Cal Tech Oil Co. included New York City, Madrid, Spain and Hong Kong. On Dec. 17, 1955, he married the former Marion Wendt in Lakewood, N.J. After his retirement in 1988, Bill and Marion moved to New London. N.H., where they could enjoy the mountains and continue the hiking and camping they loved. Bill is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Leslie and Byron Barnes, Austin, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Bill III and Lorraine Best of Montclair, N.J.; four grandchildren, Kathryn and David Barnes, Austin Texas and Andrew and Alex Best, Montclair, N.J. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Judie and Jim Conley of Schuyler; nephews, Jim Conley Jr. (Mary) and their children Lizzie and Zack Conley of Plano, Texas, Todd A. Conley (Maria) and son Federico of Arlington. Mass.; and niece, Paige Conley Rossman (Kent) and their children Alex and Olivia of Durham, N.C. There were no calling hours. Cremation took place at the Concord Crematorium, Concord N.H. A memorial service to "Celebrate Bill's Life" will be held in New London, N.H. Please consider donations in Bill's memory to the American Cancer Society. (May 22 2004)
Kenneth L. 'Moose' Miller IHS 1950, age 74, of 153 Kent Blvd., Ilion, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003 at his home. Ken was born on Sept. 5, 1929 in Ilion, the son of the late Lee Kenneth and Pauline (Unsinn) Miller. He was educated in Ilion and in 1952, he married the former Shirley Smith in Syracuse. Ken was employed in production control with General Electric in Utica, and also with UNIVAC and MDS. After his retirement, he drove the pre-K bus for Bernie Bus of Utica. Ken was of the Baptist faith. He was the founder of the Ilion Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club in 1970, he was a member of the Ilion Fish and Game Club and past member of its board of directors, a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 B.P.O.E. and the Canadarago Lake Association. Ken is survived by his wife Shirley and his children Scott and Lynne of Ilion, Bonnie of Barnesville, S.C., and Santos, of Barnesville, S.C.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Nancy Smith of 'The Villages,' Florida; an uncle and aunt, Ronald and Martha Unsinn of Ilion; and an aunt, Margaret Powell of Mohawk. Ken also leaves his grandchildren whom he loved and adored, Josh and Kayleigh; as well as several cousins; also, his close snowmobile buddies Jake Putch and R.A. Luke; and his many friends at Donna's Diner, Chet's in Herkimer and the Knight Spot in Frankfort. In keeping with Ken's wishes, the funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Friends may consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society in Ken's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (December 10, 2003)
Robert M. Moolick IHS 1950, age 71, died suddenly Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, following emergency surgery at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Ilion Aug. 14, 1931, he was the son of Michael and Anna Clausen Moolick. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1950, after which he served four years in the United States Air Force. Following his military service, he went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Oneonta State University and a master's degree in elementary administration from Syracuse University. He served for 34 years as a teacher and principal in the Schenectady City School District. Bob's passions in life were his family and his home. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his antique business, which he pursued after his retirement and his many neighborhood friends. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Betty, of 46 years. He is also survived by his grateful and loving children, Michael Moolick of Altamont, Matthew Moolick of Middleburgh, Mrs. Jeffrey (Lisa) Harvey of Berne and Mrs. David (Lora) Morrow of East Berne. In addition, he was the proud grandfather of Michael, Kelly and Ben Moolick, Samantha and Elizabeth Harvey and Riley and David Morrow. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1911 Fairview Ave. in Schenectady. Friends may call on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St., Altamont. Interment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Guilderland. Those who wish may make contributions in Robert's name to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1911 Fairview Ave., Schenectady 12306. (November 12, 2002)
Mary J. Williams IHS 1950, age 71, Ilion, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2002, in Pine Lake. Mary was born June 1, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Evan and Ina Mae Holt Williams. She was educated in Ilion schools and in 1951, she entered the United States Marine Corps, reaching the rank of first sergeant. She retired from the Marines in 1973, after 21 years of service. Mary was a member of the Marine Corps League in Ilion and the Valley Voices for Christ. Mary is survived by a brother, Walter of San Antonio, Texas as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Evan Jr., Frederick and Noel Williams; also a sister, Karen Brown. Full military funeral services for Miss Williams will be held Friday, July 19, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion at a time to be announced. Pastor Ameen Aswad will officiate. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Thursday, July 18, from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Mary's name may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, 12078. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Mary planned on attending the MegaReunion being held in October 2002) (July 18, 2002)
Donald K. Crouch IHS 1950, age 70, of Addison Terrace, Ilion,passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was born Sept. 2, 1931, the son of James R. and Gertrude K. Crouch. He was a lifelong resident of Ilion. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1950 and on July 30, 1966, he married Donna L. Ecker in the Ilion Presbyterian Church. Don was employed at Beechnut-Lifesavers, the Masonic Home and for many years at the Remington Arms Co. He was affectionately called "Double D," by his co-workers at Remington. He served in the New York State National Guard and eight years inthe U.S. Air Force, stationed in Maine, Germany and Morocco. He was a member of the North Columbia Methodist Church. He enjoyed the hobby of miniature trains and was very knowledgeable in railroad history. He spent many pleasant hours at the Ilion Marina, socializing and watching the trains pass by. Don is survived by a daughter, Nadine Patterson and her fiance Peter Nasypany of East Herkimer; his sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and James Parker Sr. of Ilion; his grandchildren, Kayla and Cody Patterson and former son-in-law, Donald Patterson of Frankfort; his niece, Lany Wolfe; nephews, Jim Parker Jr. of Sandwich, Mass., and Ben L. Parker of San Diego, Calif.; his aunts, Mrs. Edward Crouch of Rensselaer, Mrs. Robert Crouch of Albany and Miss Emily Klinkhart of New York City; his mother-in-law, Julia Lane of Ilion; a sister-in-law, Janice Massad of Mesa, Ariz.; and many cousins. Don was predeceased by his wife, his parents and his son, Donald Crouch Jr. A prayer service was held March 22, at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Hans Drews officiating. A church service will be held at a time and date to be announced in the spring at the North Columbia Methodist Church, with interment in the North Columbia Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Marina in Don's memory. (March 23, 2002)
Richard J. LeFever IHS 1950, 67, of Brewerton died August 9, 1999. Dick and his wife Janice were parents of 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Dick and his wife had planned on attending the 50th Class reunion. Dick, who was friendly to everyone he met, will be missed. (October 24, 1999)
Bombers Buzz Website....
Thomas Nelson, Retired, email, from Wisconsin Rapids, WI, registered. (Jan 20, 2009)
Maria Austin Lopez, email, from Ilion, NY, sent news. (December 1, 2004)
"Maria marched and twrilled for her 3rd consectutive year in the Ilion Doo-Dah Parade. Maria marched to the tunes of 'When the Saints come Marching' and wore a patriotic ensamble of red, white and blue go-go shorts and boots. She looks forward to next years parade and will be practicing in many upcoming parades; especially at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in NYC. Please watch for her on NBC."
Gary Kidder, retired, San Antonio, TX, re-registered. (May 29, 2003)
Gloria Primmar Watts, from Ilion, NY, transferred her reunion registration to her daughter, Pam Weller Lawrence and will not be attending the reunion. (September 30, 2002)
Joe Duffy, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 11, 2002)
James "Terry" Crandall, email, from Richfield Springs, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 4, 2002)
Arthur Abeling, Kennesaw, GA, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 30, 2002)
Marion Fay Schmock, email, North Palm Beach , FL, re-registered. (April 13, 2002)
Mary Fay May, Retired Cook, email, from Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (March 25, 2002)
Helen Pezdek Anthaume, from Ilion sent news. (April 4, 2000)
"Still living in good ole' Ilion. I have three of the best children any mother could have...two beautiful girls (Sue in Atlanta and Sally in the Adironacks) and a very handsome son (Jeff in Syracuse). In return, they have given me a total of four grandsons and a precious granddaughter. Over the years my travels have included trips to Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and best of all London, England--thanks to a great son-in-law. I visit my daughter in Northville, N.Y. and never lack for things to do there. A high-light in my life was the day I went Parasailing. Life has been good and I am looking forward to seeing my classmates. I have no computer, though I can be e-mailed to my daughters' " - Helen
Marion Fay Schmock, from North Palm Beach, FL, signed the Guest book. (May 1, 1999)
"Retired from the newsprint business. Retired with the other zillion yankees down here! Married with two adult sons. Hope to make it to the 50th in October 2k." - Marion
Jo Wilson Nunneker, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (modified July 14, 1999)
"Greetings from Ilion - I have just read the guest book and am surprised to find all entrys are rather current alumni - where are you girls that had cherry cokes at the Candy Kitchen??? Where are you guys that played "stalk" thru downtown Ilion?? Sign-in, please!!" - Jo
Katherine Colliton Taylor, email KatieTay60@aol.com, from Ilion, NY, registered. (April 10, 1999)
Robert Getman, CAPT.,USCG(Ret.), email, from Old Lyme, CT, registered in the directory. (January 7, 1999)
David Evans, email, from Palm Harbor, FL, registered in the directory. (October 27, 1998)
"I'm here in Palm Harbor, FL (Clearwater) and have been retired for the past 4 years. I enjoy playing golf and do a lot of beach walking! It's a great web site! I hope to see some of the 1950 graduates at the year 2000 reunion! Has anyone heard from Dick Hanley?" - Dave
Jane Russell Nile, email, from Aptos, CA, sent the following news: modified email (May 31, 2015) published (January 26, 1998)
"I live in California near my three daughters, Lynn Nile (psychiatrist), Peggy Albrecht (dermatologist) and Jane Keller (stay-at-home "mom:) I have six grandchildren, enjoy working at Albany Law School, playing tennis, traveling, taking many photos of the family, fundraising for the Myelin Organization and for Alzheimers victims. I am in touch with several members of our class and look forward to seeing everyone for our 50th reunion in 2000."
John (Barney) Conway, Semi-retired, email, from Anaheim, CA, signed the Guestbook. (February 5, 1998)
"Finally hit the 65 so I can ski at Mammoth for 1/2 price!! Been in Anaheim 35 years. Semi-tretired as I couldn't stand retirement and too young to golf. Been busy pasy years managing Pony and Colt leagues, proud to have several kids I've had go on to pro ball!! Have 2 daughters and 5 grandkids. In spare time we go to the beach, mountains and the Colorado River. Refuse to grown old!! Even roller blade and played softball with the youngin's for a couple of years. Teaching the grand kids to ski at Mammoth and attending their ballgames. Keeping busy and keeping young! If you plan a trip to CA look us up!"
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