Eastern slope mini-reunion

For those classmates living on the eastern side of Colorado there is a planned mini-reunion you might want to think about attending.
When:  July 31, 2021
Time:  11:00am – 6:00pm or until dark-thirty
Where:  Dwayne Webster Veterans Park, 401 W. 13th Street, Loveland, CO
  Location to be at the shelter next to the tennis courts, south side of Hwy 34 adjacent to Lake Loveland
Drinks and munchies will be available; however, no alcohol is allowed in the park.
RSVP to Linda Gooch at goochkitz@gmail.com

July 4, 2021


Iowa City. IA

Carolyn Ann Gross, 74, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, at home surrounded by her family.

Carolyn was born May 2, 1947, in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Daniel and Mary Jane Ross Woolley. She moved to Iowa City in 1967. On Aug. 23, 1969, Carolyn married John Gross. Carolyn proudly received her bachelor's degree in English literature in 1999 at the University of Iowa.

Carolyn and John owned and operated Technigraphics in downtown Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque for over 31 years, retiring in 2008. While in business, Carolyn served as a community leader with the Chamber of Commerce, ICAD, president of her regional professional association, as an officer and director of Shelter House, past president of the Downtown Rotary Club and a Scout leader. She was a founding member of Potluck Insurgency, believing in the importance of political activism.

She enjoyed travel, family dinners, refreshments with friends in her garden, reading, camping and sometimes canoeing with grandchildren. She was a fine partner and companion for 51 years and loved by everyone who knew her.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, John, and their children, Jason (Angela) Gross and Heather (Jeff) Hammer; two grandchildren, Caroline Hammer and Lucas Gross; her mother, Mary Ross; and her siblings, Michael Woolley and Jeannine Christner.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Richard.

Family services will be held. A Celebration of Carolyn's Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Shelter House Foundation, www.shelterhouseiowa.org/donate. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.

Alice Mae McKinnon Stack            November 19, 1946 – July 14, 2020
Alice Mae Stack, 74, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Vernon. She was born November 19, 1946 in Craig, Colorado, the daughter of Allan Donald McKinnon and Nora Lea House McKinnon. Alice grew up and went to school in Lower Big Gulch in Moffat County, then Moffat County High School and the BYU.
Alice worked at the hardware store in St. Johns for almost 20 years. She also was the librarian in Concho for a few years. She retired and spent her last days loving on her children and grandchildren.
Alice lived in Concho Valley for almost 40 years. She had so much compassion and love for everyone. She loved meeting new people and was a social butterfly. She always made everyone fell loved and welcomed.
Alice is survived by her sons, William Timothy Stack, Concho Valley; Theodore Richard Stack (Kristine), Concho Valley; daughter, Shaylene Mae (Ronnie) O’Connor, Tonasket, Washington; sisters, Donelda Rehfeld, LaVeta Martin, and 7 grandchildren, Nathan, Kristina, MyKaela, Erin, Gavin, Jordyn and Niko.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Timothy William Stack, brother, Allan “Butch” McKinnon, and sisters, Marilyn Kennedy and Alrena McKinnon.
A funeral service will be held Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. Johns Stake Center, with visitation one hour prior. Interment at Concho Catholic Cemetery in Concho, AZ July 24th, 2020.
For those who have special memories and would like to leave an online condolence for Alice’s family, visit www.burnhammortuary.com

Class Reunion canceled
After much thought, deliberation and good judgement, plans for a class reunion has been canceled.  The virus concerns and its impact upon all of us compels the priority for our safety.  Additionally, the response to our survey indicated a small interest for a reunion this time around.
The class of 1966 have discussed plans for their reunion next June during the Whittle Da Wood contest and classic car show weekend, which is Father’s Day.  They have invited us to attend so that’s something we might consider for maybe next summer.
Let us all keep each other in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.  Family and friends are comforting as well as your classmates.  Feel free to reach out via email or phone call to any classmate to just check in and say hi, I was thinking about you, how are you doing?

Hello classmates:
The time has snuck around again for a class reunion.  This year we celebrate 55 years since leaving MoCoHi. 
Discussion has started on when and how a reunion can be put together for this summer.  The weekend of July 31, August 1 and August 2 has been identified for a possible date.  This weekend was looked at because the Balloon Festival is going on which could provide extra activities for our classmates to enjoy.  Additional discussions have suggested we hold a combination reunion with years 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.  Years before or after may also be considered.  This might be one big reunion or we all might meet just one time to socialize and then each year could do their own thing for dinner, etc.  There could be various possibilities for doing a combined reunion, or not?  The point is, we need your thoughts so planning can start to formulate our reunion.
Linda (Gooch) Kitzhaber has volunteered to assemble your thoughts.  She will then collaborate with several other classmates who volunteered their help.  So, I ask that you take a minute and email your thoughts to Linda.  I have provided her email link below so all you have to do now is click on it and provide her your suggestions.  Please think about dates, activities, dinner suggestions and maybe even social gathering locations.  Your thoughts are needed now so planning can start.
Thank, Charlie


Here's a message from Linda Gooch asking our thoughts for a 55th reunion.  Please respond to her by clicking on the link following her post.


Ok, gang - Looking for feedback for our reunion next summer. Suggestions of when(June,July,Aug,Sept); Do Fri night, Sat night & Sun brunch or something else;  Place( the Luttrell Barn seems to be a nice, private place, would need to be catered meal) or other suggestions?  Activities happening in the area to participate in: depending on the month, there is the Whittle da Wood contest in June, I believe, the hot air balloon event in early August along with the county fair, etc.  Do we want to include other classes from around our year? Or all 1960's?   Check with other classmates you're in contact with and let me know what your thoughts are.  Looking forward to hearing back from y'all!




So sorry to report that Joyce Brown Henderson passed away from pancreatic cancer on Fri, June 8th, 2018. Her services will be Sat., June 16th, 2018 at the LDS Church, 2549 N. 32nd St., Mesa, AZ, 85213.

Joyce Eileen (Brown) Henderson, 70, of Mesa Arizona passed away peacefully on Friday, June 8, 2018, at home with her loving husband of 52 years by her side. Joyce was born on July 29, 1947, in Seaside, Oregon, to her parents, Leo and Frances (Witte) Brown. She moved to Craig, Colorado when she was 16 years old where she met and eventually married her high school sweetheart, Gerald Henderson, on July 31, 1966. They moved to Arizona shortly after where they have resided for the past 49 years. Joyce’s deepest desire in life was to be a mother to a large family. Her greatest joy was her family. She was a nurturing mother to 13 children and a beloved Grandma to 51 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  She loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and was a devoted disciple of the Savior. Joyce was a noble and gracious woman. She was loving, patient and a friend to all. She always did her best to see the good in everyone. Her loss is felt deeply and she will be tremendously missed by many. She is survived by her husband, Gerald, her children: David (Melanie), Tracy Pezzi-Lewis (Michael), Ken (Linda), Brad (Elizabeth), Tiffany Anderson (Carter), Sabrina Wall (Thomas), Jared (Dianna), Summer Gardner (Trevor), Mandy Lunt (Andrew), Tyler (Leandra), Bryce (Becca), and Ashley; her siblings: Leo Brown (Nancy), Denny Brown, Jan Gates, Doug Brown (Darlene), Jill Storey & Lindsay Brown. She is preceded in death by her beloved son, Matthew, her parents, and her siblings: Howard Brown and Julie White. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 10:00 AM with visitation from 9:00-9:45 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2549 N. 32nd Street, Mesa, AZ 85213.

Sorry to pass on some bad news.  Kelvin Stehle passed away in bed yesterday at home after being in the hospital for dizzy spells and a fall on Monday breaking a rib.  Apparently he was having low blood pressure issues since his heart surgery this winter.  His wife Marsha went to check on him early in the morning and he had passed in his sleep.  Service will be held Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00 AM at the Craig Christian Church.

Please go to the Memorial tab and read his obituary or leave your tribute to him.

Pictures of our old high school just before it was torn down has been added to the "Photos" section.  Click on the Photo tab and look for "Old MCHS Building"
Click on the 50th Reunion Tab to read all about what went on at the reunion.
Then click on the Photo Tab to view pictures from the reunion.
A new tab - "Memories" has been added to the website.  Check it out as you may recall the past.
Fred J. Hahn died on February 6, 2015 at his home. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Copied from the Daily Press online.
Received notice from James Green regarding John Shelly:  Writing for John H. Shelly. I received word at noon today that John had passed away. For those that knew John you knew that this is quite a shock to his children and friends. He was looking forward to returning to church and being out and about and just being with other people againt. He will be missed and just know that he left a legacy in a wonderful son and a beautiful daughter and 6 magnificent grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Funeral services are pending at Robertson's Funeral Home in Clarendon and we would love for you to sign the book. Know the he valued your friendship and his life was blessed because your were a part of it. Billie Molder
Mike Chivington died of cancer June 16, 2014 (Father’s Day).  Mike lived in Bremerton, WA
We received notice that our classmate Harley Henderson passed away on September 7, 2013. Please go to our "Memorial" tab to read Harley's obituary and leave a tribute to him.
Harley's Obituary:
Harley Howard Henderson February 13, 1947 – September 7, 2013 Harley Henderson passed away September 7, 2013, at his Parachute home with his loving family by his side, he was 66. Harley was born on February 13, 1947, to Howard and Agnes Henderson in Hayden, Colorado. He was a loving husband, father and friend who will be missed by all who loved him. Harley leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Nancy Henderson; a son, Harley Alan (Connie) Henderson; two daughters, Dawn Henderson (Billy Fitzsimmons), and Diann (Ted) March, and adopted daughter, Sarah (Geno) Clark; grandchildren, Harley Alan Jr., Dillon, Kathy Stallings and her fiancé, Brandon Berner, William Fitzsimmons, Breann Summer, and Regina Marie, and great-grandchildren, Haven Marie,and DeMarcus Bryan; a sister, Darlene Vieyra; a brother, Gary Henderson, and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Harley was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Moore, and a grandson, Bryan Stallings. Memorial services will be held 10:00 a.m., September 28, 2013, at Grace Bible Church, Battlement Mesa, CO and 11:00 a.m., October 5, 2013, at Loudy-Simpson Park, Craig, Colorado. Friends and family may leave their condolences at http://www.facebook.com/l/UAQFEOUzDAQHExudrbYwIPVFZG9f2w9p-3ojnhlMZ7y_lfA/www.martinmortuary.com.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on September 22, 2013
Linda Bilsing returned home yesterday to find her house intact, only problem she reported was three moths flying around inside to contend with.  Tina French is also home and reports fire is 45% contained today.  Larry Rutherford’s address is listed on the fire map as RED which indicates a total loss.  We cannot verify that and there is no way to get a hold of Larry to confirm.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.  If anyone has a cell phone number for Larry please call him and provide us with his situation.  
We received notice that our classmate William (Bill) Brewer passed away on February 20, 2013.  Please go to our "Memorial" tab to read Bill's obituary and leave a tribute to him.
Bill's Obituary:
William H. (Bill) Brewer was born April 28, 1947, in Vancouver, Wash., to William G. and Dorothy Padgett Brewer. Bill passed away Feb. 20, 2013, in Layton, Utah. Services were held Feb. 23, 2013.
Bill’s younger years were spent in Vancouver, Wash., and Canon Beach and Seaside, Ore. He loved the coast.
Bill moved to Craig in 1964 and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1965. He returned to Washington and married Beverly Thomas in June 1967. To this union, son William Todd Brewer was born.
After his marriage to Beverly, Bill married Ellen Vanderveen. The couple had two children, William Chad and Kelsey Dawn.
For the past 17 years Bill has shared his life with Margaret Arnold in Layton, Utah. Margie was the love of his life and encouraged him through failing health and the loss of his leg from diabetes in 2009.
Bill was ambitious and able to accomplish anything he set his mind to. He was an excellent welder and enjoyed creating ornamental iron railings and trailers. For a time, he owned Iron Decor in Craig.
Bill spent several years working alongside his dad, logging in the mountains of Colorado. He worked as an over-the-road truck driver and was part owner in Brewer & Sons Trucking, hauling oil out of Nevada and Utah with his dad and his brother, Greg.
Bill also worked as a mechanic, tree trimmer and carpenter. He helped build a cabin at Wilderness Ranch and a home in Vancouver. One of his greatest accomplishments was helping to design and having the exclusive manufacturing rights for the Woodland Stove. He spent many years in this endeavor. He built a beautiful stone fireplace at Cedar Golf Course, also in Vancouver.
Bill loved fast cars, boats, sandrails and motorcycles. He owned many cars, including classics. A black ’67 Corvette was among his favorites. He also had a collection of hundreds of Hot Wheels toy cars. He enjoyed camping, boating, skiing, sandrailing, watching NASCAR and Indy 500 races, which he had attended in person. He liked Western movies, car shows, barbecuing, hunting and spending time outdoors.
Bill looked forward to spending time with family, friends, and especially his grandchildren. He realized his dream to attend the Sturgis motorcycle rally in 2011 with his brother, Greg. He made sure to get a hat to prove it. It would be the last such trip he was able to take, and he treasured the memories.
Family describes Bill as ambitious, creative, passionate, meticulous, stubborn, handsome, loving, funny, caring, tenderhearted and, again, stubborn — a Brewer trait!
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Bill; his mother, Dorothy; and his grandbaby, Shelby Fritz.
He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his sweetheart, Margaret; sons Todd (Cherl) and Chad (Melissa), and daughter Kelsey Brewer-Rick, all of Vancouver, Wash.; stepmother Jerry Brewer, of Craig; sisters Vickie (E.J.) McCarry, of Vancouver, Wash., Marilyn Hatzke, of Spokane, Wash., Cheryle (Leonard) Browning, Pat Doeden and Sherry (James) Marren, all of Craig, and Dana (Dale) Archuleta, of Sheridan, Wyo.; brothers Greg Brewer, of Craig, Jay Vallingham, Brian Vallingham and Mark Ryan, of Washington; and Margaret’s children Shawna (Chris) Fritz and Tammy (John) Smithfield, of Utah. Between Bill and Margaret, they adored 12 grandchildren, one great-grandson and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. The family loves Bill and he will be sadly missed by all.
Published in Craig Daily Press on April 26, 2013
Notice was received that classmate Dugan Douglas passed away on October 23, 2012.  Please go to our "Memorial" tab to leave a tribute to him.

Vicki Lynn Thornton (Douglas)

July 8, 1947 - October 7, 2012

WOODBURN - Vicki Thornton, age 65, was called home to be with her Lord & Savior on October 7, 2012. She was born in Hayden, Colorado to Dick and Betty Douglas. She married the love of her life Stephen Thornton on August 26, 2006 in Turner, OR. They settled in Keizer, OR until July of 2012 when they moved to Woodburn, OR.

She was a hair designer/teacher and salon owner off and on for 40 years. She also had a Real Estate license in Colorado. She loved to travel. She went to the Bahamas', Hawaii, England, Ireland, France and anywhere else her ambitions led her. She really enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and quilting. She led a full and happy life with God in her heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Survivors include her husband, Stephen Thornton, her daughter Michaelle Marshall, son-in-law, Tim Marshall and her grandchildren Stephanie, Jazmin, Bradly, Joshua and his wife, Ila, and Breanna; a sister Connie Carberry and two brothers, Dugan and Ronald Douglas.

Her life celebration service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 27 at Church on the Hill with reception to follow in the fellowship hall. 2707 Maranatha Ct. SE, Turner, OR. 97392. 503-378-0463.

Published in StatesmanJournal on October 14, 2012
Donna Jean Davis, (wife of our band director Vern C. Davis)  passed away from pancreatic cancer in the Horizon’s Health Care Center on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the age of 78.
Donna was born in Durango, Colorado on June 10, 1934 to Farrell and Fern (McGuigan) Lee. She grew up in the Durango and Ignacio area during the Great Depression, then moved to Roswell, New Mexico where her father worked as an airplane mechanic during World War II. After the war, the family moved to Grand Junction where Donna graduated from Central High School in 1952. Following graduation, Donna attended Intermountain Bible College and Western State College.
During high school she began dating Vern C. Davis. They were married in Clifton, Colorado on June 19, 1955.
Between 1955 and 2012, Donna, and their growing family, lived in Grand Junction, New York City, Walsh, Colorado, and Craig, Colorado. After Vern retired they moved to Hotchkiss in 1991.
In the 1950’s, Donna worked as a secretary for the Atomic Energy Commission in Grand Junction. After taking some time off to raise her children, she accepted a job as a paraprofessional for the Moffat County School District until her youngest child was born. When he began attending school, Donna was hired as the secretary for the First Christian Church in Craig, a job she held until the move to Hotchkiss.
In 1971, Donna received the “Mother of the Year” award from the Craig Daily Press. Not only was Donna a super mom to five kids, she was also a great cook, wonderful painter, excellent sewer, marvelous scrap booker and an incomparable wife.
Outside the home, Donna was a member of the First Christian Church Choir, Mites Society and the Great Divide Community Club in Craig. After moving to Hotchkiss, she became a member of the Rogers Mesa Modern Woman’s Club, the Hotchkiss Music and Art Club, the Valley Symphony Chorus and the North Fork Community Chorus.
Donna is survived by her husband, Vern of Hotchkiss; daughters: Liane (Rich Kling) Davis-Kling of Craig and Gayle (Chuck) Powell of Denver; sons: Tad (Cindy) Davis of Peyton, Colorado; Blaine Davis of Centennial and Errol (Amanda) Davis currently living in Seattle, Washington; brother, Kenneth (Frankie) Lee of Grand Junction; sister-in-law, Charlene Gray of Chandler, Arizona and grandchildren: Christopher Kling; Charles and Taylor Powell; Brent, Shaylan, Khylee and Skylar Davis and Chandler Davis.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Mountain View Bible Church in Lazear, Colorado.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
Notice was received that classmate Donna Woodard (Gilroy) passed away on November 10, 2011.  Please go to our "Memorial" tab to leave a tribute to her.

Pictures of old buildings around Craig have been added to our "Photo" section.  Click on the "Photo" tab and click on "Buildings Around Town".  The photo album is located at bottom of albums.

Seems that Deems Utzinger and Larry Fuss met a couple of weeks ago and here is a picture of the two!  They look good for a couple of old farts. . . .

Obituary for our teacher and coach: 

Douglas Deyo

Doug Deyo was born April 26, 1936, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Lenore (Urie) and Martin Deyo. He died Friday, May 20, 2011, in Craig.
Doug moved to Craig in 1942. He graduated from Moffat County High School in 1959, then attended Colorado A&M, which later became Colorado State University. He graduated in 1959.
Doug started teaching at Moffat County in the fall 1959 and retired in 1990.
He taught elementary school, middle school and high school, and the last five years he was athletic director at Moffat County High School.
He also coached football, wrestling and baseball at the high school, and football at the junior high.
Doug officiated high school and college football. He was chosen to work four Colorado high school football championships and two all-state games.
He also officiated wrestling and worked many state tournaments, and was the floor director for the state wrestling tournament for several years.
Doug was one of the most respected men in officiating in the state.
Doug married Patricia Ann Parks in Steamboat Springs on Dec. 26, 1957, and to this union two children were born, Michael and Steven.
After Doug’s retirement, he and Pat moved to Lakeside, Calif., where they bought their dream home on Lake Jennings and lived there until his passing.
Doug was an avid golfer and a huge fan of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents and oldest son, Mike.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Pat; son Steve (Mary Lynn); and grandchildren Jason Phillips, Lyndsay Deyo and Kellan Deyo. He is also survived by nephews Lance Cooney, Andy Meach, Chris Cummings and Fred Cummings, and nieces Angie (Greg) Dawson, Kathy Cummings and Karen Lipscomb.

Posted in the Craig Daily Press  5/30/2011

Received word today that our classmate Lynn Barber passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Please go to our "Memorial" tab to read his obituary and leave a tribute to him. 

Linda (Gooch) Kitzhaber has found our Class Prophecy.  They have been included under the "Class and Year Facts" tab. 

Anyone attending our 45th reunion and took pictures please submit them so we may post on the site. Thanks

Well here is something no other class will have!   Thanks to Glen McPherson, our graduation commencement speech is attached under the "Class & Year Facts" tab. The speech was given by Edwin C. Johnson on May 25, 1965 and according to Glen was provided to each of us with our diploma.   Mr. Johnson was a County Commissioner; State Reprehensive, State Senator and Governor of Colorado until his retirement in 1955. 

Yesterday Carl Rohnke had surgery in Steamboat Springs. While undergoing surgery he had a heart attack and they were not able to revive him. We all remember seeing him at the reunion and how happy he was in retirement. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and family. Carl, we will miss you. .
Please visit our "Memorial" tab for additional information.