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01/28/21 11:32 AM #179    

Mary Wilkerson (Boyter)

Appreciate all your work, agree with Linda, opt for #4.  Mary Wilkerson-Boyter



01/28/21 09:51 PM #180    

Kathleen Chandler (Parrish)

My choice is postpone for a year but there my be many more gone in a year so second choice is the pavillion at Ross Park.  Kathleen Parrish

01/29/21 09:06 AM #181    


Jack B. Williams

I don't know if this is the right venue to respond to the ongoing discussion on our next reunion, but here are my thoughts:  With our age and the increasing availablility of Covid 19 vaccines, we should hope for the best and certainly can expect a safer environment by this fall.  So I opt for a gathering at Ross Park.  I think that is option number 3.

Jack Williams (Las Vegas)

01/29/21 11:17 PM #182    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Tim Welch called me this afternoon and with his permission I'll share some of our conversation.


Tim said he won't be coming to our reunion but if he were he would choose number 3, having it at Ross Park.  Tim informed me that he has advanced cancer and is doing treatments.  He said he still drives and goes for a Sunday drive each week.  He has also had diabetes for years which has resulted in several parts of his body not working properly.  He said it is hard to think about dying, I agreed and added that none of us know when our number will be up or what we will go through at the end.  He wanted me to give his regards to all of our classmates, he said he wishes the best for each of you.  I wished him the same.


If you would like to contact Tim or drop him a card, here is his information


Tim Welch

1029 37th Avenue Southwest

Albany, OR 97321      541-619-9795


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We haven't had much feedback on the reunion choices.  You can respond here or via the numbers - emails listed  in yesterdays message.  Thanks to those who have responded, much appreciated.

As a reminder . . . . . . . if you know of any other classmates who are ill, or have new addresses please share so we can keep our mailing addresses up-to-date.  Thanks



01/30/21 08:34 PM #183    


Stanley Zweigart

If we still want to have our reunion the closure of the Clarion is not a problem, if the Fort Hall banquet rooms are available and they are serving food.

          I don’t believe you will get many from out of town of any distance to come for a one day picnic but it is still an option if most want to go that direction. It’s not much time to see one another if you come from a long distance.

          To delay one year may be better if the COVID pandemic is over or mostly over, but there is no guarantee that will be.  However it is also an option if most want to do that.

          It seems like our class mates are dropping from life like leaves from trees in October, so the more time that goes by the less will be there.  I guess I will go along with the majority so the majority will be pleased.

01/31/21 01:51 PM #184    


Gary Hoff

I agree with Stan 100%, Personally I would prefer a schedule similar to our past reunions so if that requires a delay or Fort Hall, so be it, depending on state of Covid.  Since I live in Blackfoot now, makes little difference to me and I'll go along with majority rule.

03/01/21 01:04 PM #185    


RaNae Green (Palmer)


Classmate Mike Stratton passed away, unexpectedly, on February 16, 2021 in Vancouver, WA from a pulmonary embolism.  Mike served in The Air Force, worked as a teacher and as a mail carrier  He is survived by his wife Christa, three sisters and several nieces and nephews.  


The full obituary can be viewed in The Idaho State Journal of February 28, 2021.  There will be a private family gathering in Idaho at a later date.  Should you wish to make a donation in Mike' memory, please pick a charity of your choice.  Please share a memory at


RIP Mike

03/01/21 01:36 PM #186    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

                                            HELP        HELP     HELP


When you get an extra minute, would each of you look at the page "Missing Classmates" on this site and let me know if you have addresses for anyone listed..  I had not looked at it in years and was informed by Janice Bird Bicker that her name was on there, when we have her Boise address.  I removed her name and also Carol Murray Peck as we have her California address.  


Two other names were removed as they are now on our "deceased" list:  Jana Lords Harris and Carol Hertel Camphouse. 

We need to update our mailing list for the upcoming reunion.  So, if you have information on any classmate listed as missing, or if your address has changed, please advise me.  Thanks for your help.  RaNae.

03/02/21 10:44 AM #187    


Jack B. Williams

Hi everyone,

More thoughts on our reunion.  By this summer almost all of us should have been vaccinated, so we defintely should go ahead with plans to see each other.  I will reiterate: Ross Park remains the best option.  It's outdoors and will bring back so many memories of our childhood days there.  I disagree with Stan, many of us who live out-of-town wouldn't mind that proposed location.  However, I can't think of a good reason why I would come all that way and go to a casino in Fort Hall.

Best wishes to all....Jack Williams

03/02/21 12:46 PM #188    


Craig Callaway

Hi --

Regarding the Missing Classmates list ...

Howard Nichols is alive and has a Facebook account:

Craig C.


Hi Craig, I sent a friend request to Howard and haven't heard from him.  As you are already friends, would you get his address and advise me so I can update our mailing list.  Thanks, RaNae

03/02/21 05:09 PM #189    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Thanks Craig Calloway for the information.


03/06/21 02:10 PM #190    


Mary Nelle Holman (Gertsch)

I’m getting onto the Jack Williams’ team for a Class of ’61s 60th Anniversary Picnic to actually be in the 60th year. Duh! For all you lurkers out there…you know who you are…who have not yet commented, I’m supporting Jack B. Williams and meeting at the incomparable Ross Park, this year (I’m putting this out there at the beginning, because most of you won’t read past the first 20 words in any post). At the rate our classmates are dropping like flies, there may not be a next year, even if you were(n’t) so inclined to attend. Having lost two of my favorite classmates just this past year, my darling, beautiful, talented twin sister (Michelle Holman Woodland) and her equally talented boyfriend Melburn Stocks, I am fully cognizant of time passing me/us by. And am still fully bummed about losing my very most favorite classmate, the darling, most handsome, most athletically gifted classmate of us all: GUY GERTSCH (dang it, I miss that boy!!). Forget that you’re old/fat/wrinkly/arthritic/ugly(er)/broke(er) and give into the glory that was once Poly High, proud class of ’61. YAY for us! We survived the year of Covid19! Let’s celebrate! Get your dang shot. I have been an avowed antivaxxer, but for the comfort of my kids/g-kids, I caved, and lived through it. If the conspiricists are out to get us, we will all die together, if not dead yet, let’s do this, Team. Go Indians (can we even say that anymore? oops)…sincerely, mostly…Mary Nelle Holman Gertsch

03/07/21 12:32 PM #191    


Glenn McMinn

Well said Mary Nelle,

I am not one that has been drawn to the reunions in the past, but they are needed.  I agree with you and Jack--others have also voiced on this thread.  Karen and I both have now received both Moderna vaccinations.  I encourage alll to get it.  We have seen Polio almost totally disappear in our lifetime because of vaccines.  Small Pox was nearly genicidal to nations of native peoples. Now it is nearly eradicated!   Ross Park sounds good--and do it SOON.  Two of my idols are now deceased--Gus Gertsch and Mike Stratton.  Hope to see you all class of 61 (and some other classes too) soon.  



03/07/21 02:20 PM #192    

Carolyn Davis (Cox)

I have a Zoom account.  Anyone intereted in connecting via Zoom just email me, and I will set up a session sometime next month.  We have been doing Zoom meetings with various groups, and it has been very interesting and a great way to connect.

Carolyn Davis Cox

03/08/21 01:28 PM #193    


Dennis Neifert

Class of 61 reunion at Ross Park!  This year. Get vaccinated and stay safe. Second choise, Don's Artic Circle

Denny Neifert

03/10/21 12:53 PM #194    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Classmate Melburn Wright Stock passed away quietly in his sleep at home on Saturday March 28, 2020 following a brief illness.  His memorial service will be at a later date.  Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in 

A celebration of Life Memorial service will be scheduled in the future, following the conclusion of the Covid-19 quarantines.

Mel was born on August 6, 1943 in Logan, Utah the son of Paul and Melba Stocks.  He grew up in Pocatello, Idaho.  He attended Idaho Stsate University on an FMC Scholarship graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.  He was awardeed a teaching assistantship in biology while completing his Masters degree in Physiology at ISU.  He went on to do post graduate work at Loyola Medical School in Chicago, Illinois on a National Science Foundation Grant.  

Hallmarks of Mel's lengthy career in agribusiness included being the CEO/owner of Marathon Harvestore Dealership, the Feed Division for United Suppliers Inc. and most recently from 1996 to 2014 President of Minaqua Fisheries.  He retired in 2014.  He resided in Willmar, MN for the past 24 years.

Mel served on the National Board of Directors for the National Feed and Grain Association.  He also served on the Board of Directors for the National Aquaculture Assoc.  Locally, he served on the Board of Directors for Maracom Corporation.

Mel loved music and performed as lead singer of the semi-professional ARCS quartet throughout his college years.  He played lead roles in several musical productions in high school, college and beyond.  He was also an accomplished trumpet musician.

He attended Living Hope Church in Willmar, where he was active in the choir.  Mel and his wife Linda had an interdenominational speaking ministry for many years.

He loved golf and enjoyed playing on the Valley Golf League during his retirement.  During his adult years he enjoyed competing in several corporate golf tournaments.  His most cherished golf memory was playing on the winning team in a Corporate Ryder Cup at St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

Mel spoke fluent Finish having lived in Finland for almost three years, and enjoyed traveling throughout western Europe.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Melba Stocks.  Family survivors include his wife, Linda Stocks of Willmar, his son Dr. Justin Stocks (Scheri) of Fleming Island, FL, his daughter Nicole Stocks Nickens of Boone, IA, grandchildren Connor, Will and Samantha Stocks and Tyler Nickens, his sister Paula Stocks, of Pocaatello, Idaho and several nieces and nephews.



03/15/21 10:14 PM #195    


Craig Callaway

If anyone wants to contact classmate Howard Nichols, here's his email address:

03/20/21 02:13 PM #196    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

I'm sad to announce the loss of two more classmates:    Noble Lindley and Mike Triplett.   I will post complete obituaries when they become available.


Noble Marlin Lindley, age 77, passed away at St. Luke's Medical Center in Meridian, Idaho on Sunday, March 14, 2021.  Services are pending at this time and will be announced in the days ahead.  Wilks Colonial Chapel is taking care of Noble's family.

03/22/21 08:20 PM #197    


Kerry R. Johnson



Happy Biryhday Jerry Lowe a little early but missed last year.  Hit them straight and long, have a nice day.

Kerry Johnson

03/24/21 02:21 PM #198    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Noble Marlin Lindley, 77, passed away March 14, 2021 in Meridian, Idaho of congestive heart failure.  He was born May 29, 1943 to Noble and Evelyn (Fisher) Lindley in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1962.

Noble was employed as a control room operating engineer at J.R. Simplot until 2002.  He spent many years coaching his sons in Little League baseball and football taking them to the All-Stars tournaments.  During retirement he golfed, traveled, and looked forward to family visits and events especially enjoying time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Noble was preceded in death by his first wife, Sondra Smith Lindley; brother, Thomas Kellow; father, Noble Marion Lindley, grandson, Michael Jacob "Jake" Neff; nephew, Brandon Ori; and sister Tina Chiaretta.

Noble is survived by his mother Evelyn (Fisher) Adams; former wife, Sue (Churchill) Lindley; daughter, Dove (Don) Fowler, sons, Noble "Mike" Lindley; Scott (Amy) Lindley and David (Candy) Lindley; ten grandchildren: Ryan (Angelica), Sara (Chris), Joshua (Ashley), Jordan (Aayla), Tayler, Natalie (Roberto), Jacqueline (Tucker), Jarett, Matthew and Brady; 5 great-grandchildren: Ayla, Parker, Marley, Ozzie and Indigo; brother, Terry Lindley; sister Trudi (Allen) Wiklund; and lifelong friend Robert Stites.

Services will be held at Wilks Colonial Chapel (formerly Colonial Funeral Home), 2005 S 4th Ave. Pocatello, ID, on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11am with a viewing for one hour prior.  Burial dedication will be later that day at Wilford Cemetary in St. Anthony, Idaho.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association and/or the American Diabetes Association.  

RIP Noble


03/24/21 04:59 PM #199    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

Some days it's

          "The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune"


Other days it's

          "Golden Years .... My /Ass !"



I hope you are each having a fiddle kind of day.



03/30/21 01:07 PM #200    

Gary Glenisky Class Of 62

“I’m asking you to just hold on a little while longer, to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love will still be there when this pandemic ends.”

   Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

03/31/21 02:54 PM #201    


Glenn McMinn

Gary, you are right on.  We have seen Polio virtually disappear in our life time.  Measles causing blindness, deafness or death is nearly gone.  I get a flu vacination early every year and don't get the flu.  We now live on an average 35+ years longer than those in the 1800's because of science.  

I just can't understand those who won't get vaccinated.  I can't see it as a "rights" issue or a political issue.  It is just common sense and it protects others beside yourself.  I urge all to make a common sense decision to get vaccinated.  If you feel like waving a banner or shouting, do it some other way.  

Enough said.

04/08/21 03:30 AM #202    


Sherron Grumbein (Mahaffey)

Hi Everyone,  I finally got around to looking at the forum.  It breaks my heart to see how many of our classmates have passed.  I am really pleased to find out about the planned 60th reunion.  I think that Ross Park would be the best venue.  We certainly enjoyed the last one we attended at the pavillion.  In the meantime take good care of you so you survive.  My fondest wishes to you all.  Sherron Grumbein Mahaffey.

04/13/21 01:45 AM #203    


RaNae Green (Palmer)

SAVE THE DATE                          Saturday, September 11, 2021

Thanks to all those who responded here, by phone or by email concerning a 60th Class Reunion.

At our class luncheon last month I asked for volunteers to help so one or two people weren't doing all the work to put on a class reunion.  Being the great people that our classmates are, they volunteered and we are planning a catered picnic at Ross Park Pavilion on Saturday, September 11, 2021.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy!  (the benches can get pretty hard after awhile)

The reunion committees are:

 1.   STAN ZWEIGART   Reserve park and get the city liquor permit.  Ice water will be furnished, you are welcome to bring whatever else you would like to drink.  (Stan has done his job, the park is reserved and the date set)

 2.  JACKIE TAYLOR VOYLES  She will greet people and check them off the paid list.  She will also bring a portable table to sit at.

 3.  RITA DEMOPOULOS HAGGARDT,   She will purchase some stick on name tags, a few sharpies and furnish a table to sit at and have arriving classmates fill out a name tag.

 4.  CHERI HONAS, Cheri is in charge of getting bids and ordering the food from The Sand Trap.  When the price has been set I will issue a bulletin.

5.  RANAE GREEN PALMER, I will type up and send out a bulletin with further details and a form to return along with your check to cover lunch.  If you have moved in the last five years, please send me your new address.

 6.  LYNDA KNUDSON WOODWORTH, Lynda is our reunion treasurer, she will collect and deposit the checks then furnish Jackie with a list of attendees.

 7.  KERRY JOHNSON,  Kerry will round up a couple of large coolers and purchase the cases of water and ice.

 8.  ROMA JENKS HURLEY, Roma volunteered to get tablecloths and decorate the area.  You could help Roma by bringing any pictures or memorabilia you might have from high school.  

 9.  KAREN TWITCHELL HALFORD, Karen is the General Chairman.  She does a great job of reserving spots and putting out emails for our monthly luncheons, so for this job maybe make a few calls to double check that each person has done their job.

(Volunteers remember to save your receipts to get reimbursed from Lynda)

The pavilion is just north of the swimming pool and has water, electricity, and nearby restrooms.  If anyone has a sound system and some 'golden oldies' you would be welcome to bring them for some background music.  Or, with all the talent in this class maybe someone would like to entertain us??  

Watch for the bulletin and hope to see most of you in September.

REMEMBER, we are the survivors, let's celebrate this milestone. 

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