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 have to admit that I did not know who Gyasi Zardes was until I read an article about him in this morning’s LA Times.
Since one of my granddaughter, Lucy, plays soccer, I do follow her exploits, and to a lesser extent women’s soccer. But I do not know much about the sport beyond that. I do not follow the local Galaxy MLS team. Additionally, I have never even heard of futsal.
This article introduced me to Gyasi Zardes and the great work he is doing for Hawthorne and kids growing up there. Gyasi went to Leuzinger, staring in both soccer and football.
Reading this article brought back many fond memories of Hawthorne and the surrounding area. I was a coach at Memorial Park for the Hawthorne Parks and Recreation Department during college. I also grow up in Moneta Gardens – an unincorporated part of Hawthorne. Things were different then.
As it turns out, about a week ago I dropped by a life celebration for John Baker, the father of www.cougartown.com. This website is a must place to visit for anyone wanting to relive growing up in the South Bay.
The gathering was held at the Fosters Freeze (yes its still there) near 119th and Hawthorne Blvd. This was the local hangout for Hawthorne High students, where we from Leuzinger tended to gather at A&W – at least I did.
Almost right across Hawthorne is Chips restaurant – one of my favorite places to end a date. Much has changed along the boulevard since the 60s, but these two landmarks have endured.
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.
Gini went to Vegas to see Tina’s recent show she and her family put on. Here are her comments and a photo she emailed me.
The band was great. Tina. Phil. 2 daughters Who are soooooo Talented.
The 3rd Annual LHS Class of 1961-1964 Summer Reunion Party, hosted by Gini, is coming faster than you might think. It will be on Saturday, September 24th. Below (and attached) is the latest flyer produced by Ron Secory (62). It contains the information you need to reserve your spot.
Remember, as you send in your reservation to Gini, please email Ron, saying you have done so. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, please invite at least one additional friend to the reunion party by forwarding this email or the flyer.
If you are going to be in Vegas next week, you’ve got to take in this concert! Our Class of ’63 Sports Queen, Tina, her husband Phil Volk (Fang), members of their family and band will be performing live on April 16th.
I understand Gini is going to take in the show as well. My Vegas trip was too early by a couple of weeks.