In September, Leuzinger 1963 classmates, Gerald Miwa, Gary Crone, Shigeru Watanabe, Steve Mortenson, Norman Kajikawa (65), and I met in Santa Fe, NM to go on a week-long road trip in NM, AZ, and CO.
This video was shot and produced by Gerald. It captures what was described as the highlight of the trip by him and the others. I can see why. Unfortunately I headed for home one day early and missed out on the experience. My bad.
The 2017 edition of the Leuzinger HS Classes of 1961-1965 Reunion Party was held on October 7, 2017. As has been the case for the past few years it was hosted by Gini Gardner (63). About eighty people from these classes attended this year.
It was stated previously, that this would be the last party of this type that Gini would be able to host. However, for those of us who attended, the prevailing hope is something like this can be pulled off next year and in the future.
For us, the Class of 1963, our our 55th aniversary is coming next year. Those at the party that I talked with were universally in favor of having a Class of 63 Reunion in 2018. I would really like to hear your thoughts on this. Either email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment below.
For those of you who were not able to join us, below is a YouTube video showing the group photo that was taken.
2017 LHS Reunion Party
The multi-class 2017 LHS Summer Reunion Party hosted by Gini Yegsigian is coming before you know it on October 7th. Now is the time to reserve your place. There is an attendance limit that is likely to be reached. The flyer below has all of the details.
Remember, this is the last year that Gini will be hosting this party. You do not want to miss it! Share this with your friends.
Our classmate, Dave Dukeman, has passed away. For those of you that are not on Facebook, here is part of a recent post there.
“[He] served as manager of the College of the Redwoods Bookstore for 25 years. He also worked for more than 35 years as a small engine mechanic at Western Chainsaw in Eureka, which he always considered to be his fun job.”
OBITUARY: David Lee Dukeman, 1945-2017
David Lee Dukeman, age 71, of Eureka, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, May 21, 2017, surrounded by his wife and sons, after a battle with lung cancer.
Here are a couple of classmate comments:
Neil Obright David was a joy to know in David was a joy to know in high school and I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
|Gerald Miwa: I am profoundly saddened by this news. I was not as close to Dave as some other classmates but, it seemed, every several years we connected as in El Camino, our 25th and 50th reunions and some email exchanges through the years. During these contacts Dave always made me feel welcome and it seemed the years since our high school life had not occurred. I will miss not being able to reconnect with him again. I will miss you Dave.
I am afraid I have to pass on some very sad news.
Derek, Ilona’s husband, passed away on January 1st. I am sure many of you knew Derek, from past reunions.
He had fallen about 3 weeks earlier and was taken to emergency where they found dire health concerns. He was in intensive care for about 2 weeks, then moved to a “recovery facility”. It was more than he could come back from.
Below is a photo taken from a recent reunion in 2014. Derek is in the front row on the right.
I know many of you did attend this year’s edition of the now annual LHS Classes of 1961-1964 Reunion Party last September. But like me, some of you were unable to attend – our bad. From what I understand, once again, Gini Yegsigian hosted an awesome party with great food.
For those of you who did not make it, I have posted a few photos here to give you a little idea what we missed. By the way, collecting and labelling these photos was done by Ron Secory (62).
I suspect it will not be long before the planning for the 2017 edition begins. Stay tuned!