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Ken Shutt
2012-07-12 00:59:59
Hi Everyone,
I enjoyed seeing a lot of you at the tour this morning and hopefully more of the class of '69 tonight at Sue's. I want to thank the one's who planned our 40th reunion.
I have been retired now for a few years due to several health problems. In 1990 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (my mother and brother both passed away with this). The only problem that I had for awhile was high blood pressure. In 2006 I was admitted to the hospital twice within 2 months for severe constipation. On the 2nd visit they discovered that my colon was enlarged and wasn't functioning so they removed most of my colon and appendix (I guess they decided to give me a 2 for 1 deal) and now I have an Ileostomy. Then in 2007 I was being evaluated to see if I could be put on the kidney transplant list. On one of my test, my PSA came back slightly high and was told that I had stage 1 of Prostate Cancer. I feel VERY fortunate that they had discovered this early. I did 8 weeks of radiation therapy. After a year and a half I am cancer free. In November of this year if my PSA is still low, they can put me on the transplant list. I have been on dialysis 3 days a week since Feb. of 2008.
Thought that I would let you all know what has been going on.
Later, Ken Shutt

As of 7-16-10, I have finally been put on the kidney transplant list. YEA!!!!!!!   They said it would be a 1-2 year wait but that's ok.  At least I'm on the transplant list. I'll keep you all posted.
Later, Ken
P.S. I was thrilled to hear that they found Larry and he was alright. Prayers do help!!!
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Donna Schultz (Sloan)
2012-07-12 13:53:28
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Sharon Oldberg (Sloan)
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2012-08-06 14:40:44
What a great job all the organizers have done!  Bravo!  I love this web site.  I won't be able to attend so decided to write some information in hopes of reconnecting.  I met my true love, Gary Sloan, at a Black Oak Arkansas concert at Cowtown Ballroom; been married 36 years.  Two sons, both grown, on their own but neither married, yet.  One in Seattle, one in Seoul, Korea.  Moved back here 15 years ago & am currently teaching art at Prairie Elementary in the Village.  Hope to retire soon.  What a great fun time is planned; wish I could attend!
Sharon (Oldberg) Sloan
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Joseph Slyker
2012-08-06 14:30:41
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James Smith
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2018-10-13 14:40:44
I hope all of you are doing well.  If anyone wants to write, I would be glad to hear from you and I will respond.  It's good to see all the names again and those of you who have included current pictures.  I have a "crummy" selfie included in case any of you are curious about how I've changed.  Some years ago I ran into Susie Silks at the KU Med Center where I was working at the time.  Seeing that she has passed is sad and I'm glad I had the opportunity to talk to her again.  Take Care. Send James a MessageSend James a Message
Terry Smith
2012-08-06 14:45:20
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Karen Mayes (Sobanek)
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2012-08-06 14:29:32
I'm looking forward to the reunion.  This picture was taken while on vacation at the Grand Canyon - Breathtaking - the Grand Canyon not me.  Yeah yeah yeah, I know my hair is not red anymore - too much gray. Send Karen a MessageSend Karen a Message
Debi Brackett (Sokol)
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2012-08-06 12:40:18
How do we breakdown 40 years onto a few sentences?  I've been married for 37 years ,have 2 kids who are now 34 and 35,  and 5 grandkids who are the highlight of our life, so far! My husband, Ken, retired at age 54 to spend more time in overseas mission work. He now speaks all over the country about retirement and Social Security. I had the best job in the world (for me) as a hospice nurse and I miss it dearly. We have raised canaries for  10 years and presently have about 100 birds. We sell and show them. I am thankful for Jesus, Ken, our kids and grandkids. I'm really excited to see everyone, although I won't remember anyone's name!
 I hope this reunion will be different than the 10th in that as 50+ in years, we are more comfortable in our skins and selves. The 10th reunion felt about jobs and image. I look forward to old(er) and new friends. See you soon, Debi
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Terrie Jones (Stanker)
2012-08-06 14:29:32

Thanks to everyone for their hard work.
Looking forward to seeing old friends.

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David Stern
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2012-08-06 14:30:42

Four friends

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Charlotte Charlotte Stone (Stone)
2012-08-06 14:32:30

June 2009 will be a memorable event!  I am blessed with many great friendships through the years and yet, those from High School are the most dear.  Like many, I look forward to getting reacquainted with everyone!  See you soon.... 

The new Photo was taken @ the Gallery I work @ in Santa Fe. I am standing next to a bronze titled "Raven's Reflection".  I go by Raven now...a good story to share in June :)

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Jeff Stringfield
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2018-09-01 22:31:47
I enjoyed the 2009 reunion - 40th. We will come to the next reunion in Sept 2019. My lovely wife (Mayette) and I have been married 17 years and will be there. 

I live in the Dallas area (Flower Mound). I graduated from Kansas State in mechanical engineering (73) and got my MBA at Arizona State University (98).

I worked for many engineering firms while in KC and enjoyed performing in theatre in KC while advancing in years. I now work for an energy business. 
 
The posted pictures and life stories of everyone are great and I love this website. Cheers.
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Cheri Brooks (Stubblefield)
2012-08-06 12:41:02
Great job on the web site!  I'm sure the reunion events will be equally cool.  Looking forward to seeing everyone and hearing your stories.  We'll all have much to share, what with 40 years of experience to draw from.  And btw, the photos already posted are a real treat, so I'll post mine soon.  Thanks for making all of this happen! Send Cheri a MessageSend Cheri a Message
Sally Mann (Sughroue)
2012-07-11 23:17:18

This site is just way too much fun!!  I'll be checking in frequently to see who's back in touch.  Not sure if I'll make the reunion or not so all information here  will be savored like fine wine - :)!  

Nancy Wagner, I know you're out there somewhere!! 

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Susan Beard (Summerlin)
2012-08-06 12:38:08
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Mark Swanstrom
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2012-07-12 13:06:19

I enjoyed the 60th BD celebration in Mission. I wished a few more classmates could have joined in, but it was a fun group anyway. 
I am keeping busy in gov't R&D in Wash DC until I retire from 2nd career in next couple years. I can then see my 5 granchildren on a more regular basis. Here is a 2003 picture with my wife when I retired from Marines. I was skinny back then!     

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Margaret Briguglio (Swetnam)
2012-08-06 14:40:43
I'm married to Mike Swetnam, SMN66, and we live in Tucson, Arizona where I teach fitness classes.  Am looking forward to becoming reacquainted with some of you, and meeting everyone else! Send Margaret a MessageSend Margaret a Message
Deb Hydeman (Swirczynski)
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Roger Tarbutton
2012-08-06 14:36:04
I also have fond memories from SMN and hope to attend some of the festivities.  After some twists and turns in the road of life and almost as an afterthought I attended law school and have been employed in the profession for 30 yrs., the last 20 at the county counselors office in Olathe where I work with several county departments.  Along the way I married an SMS graduate (Ruth) and have a daughter (Sharon) who is graduating from KU in May.  Hope to retire in a couple of years and begin a new career, perhaps in a more right brain pursuit.  Will post a now photo when I find one that does me justice! Send Roger a MessageSend Roger a Message
RICK TATE
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2012-08-06 14:40:44

This photo was taken last December at the Mayor's Christmas tree lighting at Crown Center. It includes my wife of 39 years, Debbie, a SMW69 graduate, and my three grandchildren, Noah 9, Emma, 5 and Payten 19 months

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Joyce Shepherd (Templeton)
2012-08-06 14:21:27
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Julia Terry
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2012-07-12 00:58:15
So sorry to have missed the reunion, but am enjoying the photo's placed here.  Additionally sad to read the Remembrances group, so many gone.

Have gone back and read all the postings, and lo and behold, two of us (Skip Carleton and I) have ended up in Northern California doing the same thing for a living, Professional Land Surveyor's (PLS after our name).  It has been great to read where everybody is and what they have done and are doing now.  Sherry Hilleary respomnded to an email from me saying there is hope to get a 60th birthday get together going.  I hope to make that one.
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Larry Thomas
2012-08-06 14:42:37
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gary na (thompson)
2012-08-06 14:40:43

high school wasnt my best years.  but life is to good to not enjoy.  im divorced. no kids of my own just a couple i look out for.i got into hvac. now im a mechanical contractor.  gee high school was a long time ago.

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Rick Tramposh
2012-08-06 14:34:07
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Debi Morris (Turnbull)
2012-08-06 14:29:33
We can't all be honing in on 60???!!!!  Can't wait to visit with everyone again.  This web site is outstanding and I've been able to connect to many of my old friends.  See you in June...."Still crazy after all these years" Send Debi a MessageSend Debi a Message
Steve Twibell
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2012-08-06 14:30:41
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Donna Chrisman (Umbenhower)
2012-08-06 12:40:24
Hey, this sounds like a lot of fun, even if we DO have to admit that we'll be 60.  I guess there's no denying it (since by son turns 40 this week).

Happy Birthday everyone!!!  I'll be there.
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Theresa Miller (Vanover)
2012-08-06 14:34:07
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Pam McMullen (Veit)
2012-08-06 12:36:55
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