Ilion High School

Class of 1954

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1954 Mirror Cover Ilion


Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1954 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1954 Mirror Class History.

 

Condolences.....

Mr. David 'Biggs' Bouck, IHS Class of 1954 and Faculty, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Dave was born at home in Ilion on March 20, 1936 to Lewis and Harriette (Snyder) Bouck. He was a 1954 graduate of Ilion High School where he was a standout athlete in football, basketball and track. A graduate of Oswego State Teachers College in 1958, Dave also excelled in basketball and track while in college. Dave continued his education at both Cortland and Oneonta, receiving his masters in teaching. After a one year stint at Oneida High School, Dave spent the next 31 years of his life teaching industrial arts at Ilion High School, retiring in 1990. He coached both football and track at Ilion, and was especially proud of coaching state champion shot putter Tom Deyle.

David Bouck - Ilion NY
David Bouck
1975 - Industrial Arts Teacher

In 1959, he met the love of his life at Ilion High School, Irene Pogonowski, a business teacher. They were married on October 7, 1961 in Newport. They spent the next 55 years together in Ilion, at their horse farm on Shells Bush Road in Herkimer, in retirement in Spring Hill, Florida and settled in Schuyler in 2002. Surviving are his wife Irene, children Kim (Michael), Kelly, Eric (Pam) and grandchildren Keith (fiancé Vanessa), Max, Jack and Richard. He is also survived by his baby brother Donnie (Betty), special nieces and nephews, Erin, Michael, Matt, Chris, Allison, Frank, Kathy, Jeff, Ron, and his extraordinary caregiver niece Jana. Other "special" family members include Smokey and Paula Kucerak, lifelong friends Bob Deming and Bob Haas, and his constant companion his German Shepard, Dutchess. Besides his parents, Dave was pre-deceased by his brothers Paul (Vivian), Lewis (Loretta), Mike (Mary) and Frank (Gen). Mr. Bouck's funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer rd., N. Utica. A spring interment will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Newport, NY. Calling hours for family and friends are Monday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in David's name, please consider the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 NY-5S, Mohawk, NY 13407 or the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St., Utica, NY 13502. (March 12, 2017)

Michael A. Letts IHS 1954 79 of 80 E. North St. in Ilion, passed away on Tuesday December 8, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica. Mike was born on October 10, 1936 in Ilion, he was the son of Allen and Martha (Bennett) Letts. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and received his Bachelor's Degree from Hobart University. Mike worked as a case worker for Herkimer County DSS, retiring several years ago. Mike is survived by his cousins; Jane Smithson, Bridgett Snyder, Bo Foisey, Joanne Smith, Carol Leonis, DeeDee and David Lutz. He also leaves special friends and Ann Picket and her family. Mike is predeceased by his sister Donna. In keeping with Mike's wishes funeral services are private and at the convenience of his family. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com.. (Jan 1, 2016)

Charles 'Charlie' A. Noll IHS 1954, age 75, of S. Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion. He was born on July 1, 1937, in Ilion, the son of Alfred and Mildred (Van Valkenburg) Noll, and graduated from Ilion High School. Charlie served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He later played Semi-Professional Football. On August 22, 1959, Charlie was united in marriage to Barbara Broat in Annunciation Church, Ilion. Charlie worked in many service fields. He was an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Marcy Psychiatric Center for many years. He became increasingly involved in representing the rights of state employees and was eventually elected Chapter President of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA). Prior to his retirement, Charlie represented workers as a Field Representative for the Public Employees Federation (PEF) of New York State. Charlie had a passion for helping others. He coached hundreds of Ilion children at all levels of baseball, including Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to neighbors and friends and loved everything "Ilion". Charlie was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, Elks Lodge, and a former member of the Moose Club. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Laura Bay and her husband, James, of Baldwinsville, NY; his sons, Eric Noll and his wife, Marianne, of Valatie, NY, and Brett Noll and his wife, Elizabeth Mahler Noll, of Yorktown, VA; his eight grandchildren, DeAnna and Michael Bay, Kenneth and Kathryn Noll, and Kelsey, Joseph, Isaac and Allison Noll; his sister-in-law, Carol Noll May, of Florida; one niece; two nephews; and his cherished dog, Squeakers. Charlie was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Jack Noll; his niece, Michelle Noll; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Elsie Broat. Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2012, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, at the convenience of the family. Calling hours are Friday, September 14, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service. The Ilion Elks Lodge service will be held Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Charlie, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, Ilion Little League Baseball or Herkimer Co. Humane Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Noll family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (Sept 23, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Mrs. Dorothy B. (Bruso) McKinney, 71, formerly of Ilion and most recently of Herkimer clicked her heels three times and went home to the Lord early Tuesday morning, February 17, 2009. Her passing occurred in Valley Health Services, Herkimer, following a lengthy illness. She was born on April 13, 1937 in Ilion, daughter of the late William and Margaret (Rowland) Bruso and educated in Ilion schools. On March 10, 1957 she was joined in marriage with Carlton "Tom" McKinney in the First United Methodist Church, Herkimer; the couple have enjoyed a union of 51 years. Dorothy dedicated her life to taking care of her husband, children and grandchildren. She was at one time employed with Decision Data in Pennsylvania and was of the Catholic faith. Dorothy was proud of her country and more so of those who gave of their selves to protect it. A great source of satisfaction to her was to be surrounded by "those who served", never missing a veteran function. She was affiliated with several veterans' groups and was a life member of the following: Remsen VFW Auxillary #982, Little Falls American Legion Post #31, Disabled American Veterans Auxillary, 17th infantry regiment, VFW National Home, and the AM Vets #777; was an associate member of the Korean War Vets Chapter 239, member of the Chosen Few, past 4th district president of the VFW Herkimer County Council, past secretary of the Town of Herkimer Veterans Council, serving in this capacity for over 10 years, was a member of the Mom's of Dad's of Foreign Service Vet's #244, and past president of the Herkimer VFW Post #4915 Auxillary. Dorothy was previously honored as "Good Citizen of the Year" by the Herkimer VFW Post 4915 and served as den mother for the 1st handicap Cub Scout den in Herkimer County. Dorothy's life centered on family and community: caring for her loved ones occupied her time, her energies and her constant attention. She was never happier than when she was surrounded by her beloved grandchildren and cherished great grandchildren. In addition to her family interests and concerns, she enjoyed collecting frogs and especially collecting Wizard of Oz Memorabilia. Dorothy was extremely talented with plastic canvas. She leaves her beloved husband; Carlton "Tom" of Mohawk; two daughters: Michele Conklin and husband Mark of Oriskany Falls and Marcia McKinney and Phil Williams of Remsen; her son: Michael McKinney and wife Debra of Ilion; a brother: William Bruso and wife Bea of Ilion and a sister: Violet Mainer of Frankfort; ten grandchildren: Amy and Ken Smith, Tami and Phil Wojik, Eric McKinney and fiance Lisa, April Hurren, Michael J. McKinney, Kelly Lynn Hurren, Justin McKinney, Krystal McKinney, Allyson McKinney, and Sean D. McKinney; five great grandchildren: Zoe, Ty, Brook, Cooper and Ruby; inlaws: Leonard & Helen Mckinney of GA, Gloria Bunce of Herkimer, Herbert & Beverly McKinney of Mohawk and Robert Mckinney also of Mohawk; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by a daughter: Mary Magdelyn; a son: Sgt. Matthew McKinney; a brother: Edward Bruso; two sisters: Marion Schwerdt and Lola M. Miller. The family will be present at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort, (894-8000) to receive relatives and friends on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 12-3:00 p.m. Her funeral will commence at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kent Trievel, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Remsen, officiating. Interment will take place in the spring in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Because of the numerous veteran memberships that Dorothy held, one ritualistic service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home on Saturday in which any member of the above mentioned organizations are invited to take part. The family offers its heartfelt gratitude to the nurses and staff at Valley Health Services, Herkimer especially those on the second floor who attended and cared for Dorothy and who provided excellent care that was both compassionate and professional. As an expression of sympathy to the family, kindly consider memorial offerings to Valley Health Services, 690 W. German St., Herkimer or to a charity of ones choice. Envelopes may be obtained at the Enea Family Funeral Home. (Feb 22, 2009)

Donald Edward Thom age 71, of 145 E. North St., Ilion, passed away Friday, April 6, 2007, at the Albany Veterans Hospital. He was born Feb. 29, 1936, in Ilion, the son of the late Louis and Emma Voelcker Thom, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Thom was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army, and was employed in the construction field. Mr. Thom was affiliated throughout the years with the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Don is survived by two brothers, Howard Thom of Herkimer and Warren Thom of Ilion; a sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and James (Ed) Snedeker of Ilion; also several nieces and nephews. (April 13, 2007)

Charles "Chuck" W. Conley, of Gambrills, Md., formerly of Ilion, passed away July 14, 2002. Chuck was born Nov. 9, 1936, in Ilion, the son of the late Walter Conley and Margaret (Jennings) Conley. He was a 1954 graduate of Ilion Central High School and served his country in the Air Force. He is survived by his wife Ailsa; his children, son, Christopher and his wife Christine; daughter, Sara C. Sorrells; granddaughter, Kaila M. Sorrells. Also surviving Chuck is his uncle, Charles Jennings of Ilion; cousins, Janice Murphy, Marie Dennison, Frank Jennings, all of Ilion; James Conley of Utica, Allan Conley of Houston, Texas, Donna Houseknecht and Diane Parmalee, both of Norwich. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Interment was in the Maryland Veteran's Cemetery, Crownsville, Md. (August 17, 2002)

 

Bombers Buzz Website.....

Gerald Birr, email, Derry, NH, re-registered. (Aug 28, 2011)

Sylvia Leistyna Lahvis, Art Historian, email, from Wilmington, DE, re-registered. (Jan 18, 2006)

Barbara Babcock, email, Huntsville, AL, re-registered. (Jan 9, 2004)

Jack Manley, from Spring Hill, Fl, email, re-registered. (November 13, 2003)

Ronald Reynolds, Retired, email, Santa Clara, CA, registered. (January 11, 2003)

Mike DeRocco, retired, email, Herkimer, NY, is registered. (August 21, 2002)

James Bracken, email, from Branford, CT, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 30, 2002)

Ralph Abeling, from Essex Junction, VT, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 15, 2002)

William Steele, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)

Lawrence Bosquet, Retired, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)

John Remis, email, St. Inigoes, ND, re-registered. (June 11, 2002)

Leslie (Dick) Wilson, email, Charlotte, NC, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 28, 2002)

Patricia Sponburgh Couchman, from West Windfield, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

James Bracken, email, from Branford, CT, submitted the survey. (March 13, 2002)

William Steele, email, Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 20, 2002)

Beatrice Strait Bruso, Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. February 19, 2002)

Dick Wilson, email, Charlotte, NC, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 19, 2002)

Samuel Leonis, Retired, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (August 15, 2001)

James Bracken, US Navy - retired, email, from Branford, CT, registered. (July 30, 2000)

William (Dinny) Steele, retired, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (May 1, 2000)

Lawrence Bosquet, Retired, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (November 8, 1999)

John Remis, Retired from Ilion Board of Light, from Valley Lee, MD, registered. (April 29, 1999)

Dick Wilson, Pharmacist, email, from Charlotte, NC, registered in the directory. (March 1, 1999)

"Now living in the south with wife Dawn, almost ready to retire but still peddling pills as a pharmacist. Great Website and hope some in class will contact us down here in dixie." - Dick

Carol Gollegly, Retired, email, from Chadwicks, NY, registered in the directory. (January 25, 1999)

Larry Bortel, Retired, email, from Irmo, SC, registered in the directory. (modified September 9, 2001)

James Henry, Retired, email, from Aiken, SC, registered in the directory. (November 1, 1998)

 

Congratulations.....

Mr. David Angell from Satsuma, FL., email, the first alumnus from the Class of 1954 to register in the alumni directory.

David writes.... "Jerry Angell class of 1952 is my brother and Karen Angell Suker (class of 1961?) is my sister. I will notify them both of your website. You've done a great job. The site is nicely designed and easy to maneuver through. Thank you for all the obvious effort required to undertake this endeavor."

 


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