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Linda Elder (McVicker)
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Story City Iowa Physical Education teacher for 34 years Married 2 2012-07-09 20:37:52
Marital status: happily
Proud accomplishments:  Retired in 2005 from Ankeny High School!!!
From 5 to 58, I still enjoy school.  I sub at Roland-Story, Gilbert, and Ankeny.
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Beverly Henryson (Miller)
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Sioux Falls South Dakota Married 2 1 2012-07-09 20:38:33
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Dixie Kahler (Minear)
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Maxwell Iowa Married 2 2012-07-09 20:38:35
Allen Mitchell
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Alpharetta Georgia Married 2 2012-07-09 20:37:56
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Dan O'Donnell
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Loveland CO Retired www.geocities.com/djodokla@sbcglobal.net/DEFAULT.HTM Married 2 2017-04-30 14:51:23
As of January 28th we are the proud grandparents of Liam David O'Donnell. We'll be going to Chicago to visit the happy parents, Sean and Aly, as well as our daughter, Nora. We'll be taking my Mom along. This is her first great grand child and wild horses couldn't keep her away! Send Dan a MessageSend Dan a Message
David Osborn
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September 18, 1948 Boone IA Retired Married 2 6 2017-05-27 21:34:32

I am looking forward to visiting with all of you at the reunion—reminiscing old memories and creating new ones. After graduating from high school, I joined the Navy and sailed the seas on the U.S.S. Lexington. With a year and a half left in the Navy, I married my sweetheart LaDonna (who graduated from Ames High). We were blessed with a son and daughter (twins) just before leaving the service. Each of them have given us three grandchildren for a total of six—ranging in age from 13 to 23. After the Navy, we returned to Iowa and I started with the DOT. In 1977, I joined the Iowa National Guard—retiring in 2006 with a total of 35 years of military service. Later in 2010, I retired from the DOT with 38 years. As for retirement, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! In January 2013, LaDonna retired from ISU. We spent that winter and the next on South Padre Island TX. For the last three winters, we’ve been snowbirds on Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola FL and plan to return in 2018. While down south, we spend our time walking on the beach, bicycling, playing pickle ball, disc golf, kayaking in the bay, and playing cards.

 

Some items that keep me busy in Iowa are:

Serve as trustee at our church

Maintain our flower gardens, a small vegetable garden, and the lawn

Member of the American Legion

Member of the VFW of which I have held several offices

Member of the Boone Veterans Council (providing military rites at funerals, color guard for parades, and other events)

Member of the Cyclone Corvette Club

Teach disaster preparedness classes for the Red Cross in Boone County

Contact person for Iowa National Guard Emergency Situational Awareness in Boone County
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Gary Peterson
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Slater Iowa retired Married 2012-07-09 20:37:57
Greg Peterson
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Polk City Iowa Steamfitter- retired Married 2 2012-07-09 20:37:57
Julie Peterson
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Brattleboro Vermont Education Consultant Married 2 2012-07-09 23:15:34
I am very greatful to all the people who are organizing this event. Jack and I will be there and look forward to seeing everyone. Send Julie a MessageSend Julie a Message
Okke Postma
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January 14, 1949 Rushville NY Retired Pastor Married 3 2017-05-07 13:10:40
I will not attand the reunion gathering, but I surely have the best of memories of being a part of  Ballard for a year. as an exhange student from the Netherlands. The Severson family took me in for that year and gave me a wonderful experience, as did  Ballard--students and teachers. 
After a few years in college (science) in the netherlands I was drafted by the Dutch Army because in my science courses I had learned the Fortran computer language 
During this period I maried Kathty, who had been an exchage student in the Netherlands in the summer before i went to the USA.
When my military time of duty was up, I wanted to work with people and became serious about an education in theology. When  we visited the USA that summer to show our first born son to Kathie's  family in Rochester, NY, I visited a local seminary were the library of the Divinity School turned out to be of dutch decend and he somehow managed to arrange a scholarship for me. We moved in with Kathy's parents and I commuted daily to the seminary with my father in law.
I served two Duch Reformed churches in my carreer: seven years in NY state in a rural church (an hour from NY City), and a second church for 28 years in Hastings-on-Hudsoin, a village along the Hudson River.. Our three sons consider Hastings their home base, althoug only our jongest  son, Chris, lives there (collage librarian). The oldest son, Martin, is a freelance lighting desiner for plays and large events;he travels the world, but is based in NY City (has a golden award).  Son Peter lives in California (Los Angeles) and heads a business that specializes in digital colarisation of  movies (he has an Emmy!)..
Kathy and are both retired since 2015, and now make our home in the Finger Lakes in up-state NY.(Canandaigua Lake, near Rochester). We keep busyiwith gardening,  singing, (in church and in an exelent chorus), some traveling--recently to the Netherlands for family visit.
Best withes to all. !!!
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LaVern Pritchard
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Minneapolis Minnesota Lawyer www.lawmoose.com/ Married 2 2012-07-09 20:37:57
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Mary Chader (Reagh)
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Des Moines Iowa 2012-07-09 20:16:16
Ron Rench
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Princeton MO Married 2017-04-30 14:49:33
GRESHAM Roskamp
May 04, 1936 Dana Point CA Married 3 13 2017-05-22 21:38:49

To Ballard class of 67.  Compliments for a great website design.

 I came to Ballard in 1960 as biology teacher and football and track coach.  You were fortunate that biology was a 10th grade subject so none of you had to suffer through my lectures or dissection of frogs.  Some of you participated in the sports I coached which connected me with many in your class.  My four years at Ballard provided many good memories both in the classroom and on the athletic fields.  I am reminded by Terry Larson that Ballard has not had a football team go undefeated or ranked #1 by Des Moines Register since the class of 1964.      

Following that year Ruth and I and our three kids (age 5, 3, 1) set out for California in a school bus.  I spent two more years teaching biology before joining IBM for three years selling computers to schools in Los Angeles.  We moved to Deerfield, Illinois where a brother and I built and operated residential housing for patients being discharged from mental hospitals.  Years later we moved back to California and have ventured into pizza parlors, radio stations, nursing homes, and retirement communities.  It has been a challenging and interesting ride.  My wife and I celebrated our 60th anniversary last year.  Our three children and their families live in Massachusetts and California.  We have 13 fantastic grandchildren living in a variety of states.  Business ventures present daily opportunities so retirement is not even considered. 

From our home in Dana Point, CA., Ruth joins is wishing all of you the best of health, friends you trust, optimistic attitudes, computers without viruses, good wine, being loved, and respect for everything good.  ‘Coach’ Gresham Roskamp             

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Jane Larson (Ross)
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June 11, 1949 Louisville KY Retired Married 3 5 2017-05-09 00:08:34
I am so glad we will have a chance to get together next summer. I enjoy having an empty nest- all three of my children have finished college and two of them are married. This year I became the proud grandmother of Amy Jane Fischer! I work as a consultant for a company that manufactures educational equipment and do extensive traveling for the job.

Update: How things have changed in 10 years! Ralph Ross and I were married 5 years ago and now live in Louisville, Kentucky. I retired when we moved to Louisville, in part because we now have 5 delightful grandchildren who demand my attention. 
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Ralph Ross
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Louisville KY Bureaucrat www.sba.gov/fl/north/JK_STAFF_HTML.html Committed Relationship 2 2017-05-09 00:07:30
I was in St. Paul for 28 years and then, three years ago this January, my employer made me move to North Florida. I wasn't sure I wanted a whole new life at that age but it has been a lot of fun and I have learned yet again that change can be a fine thing. Send Ralph a MessageSend Ralph a Message
Joe Rumbaugh
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Ankeny IA 2 4 2017-04-30 14:34:23
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George Sandquist
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Huxley Married 2017-06-09 18:14:30
Donna Drake (Schafroth)
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Sandusky Ohio Married 2 2012-07-09 20:37:52
Barb Lyon (Schendel)
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Ames IA Professional Secretary Married 2 3, ages 18, 15. and 13 2017-05-08 23:06:06
Married 48+ years
Husband: Phil
Two  Children:  Cheri & Sarah
Three Grandchildren, ages 18, 15, & 13
Employed: City of Ames for 44 years (retired 2013)
Affiliations:
    International Association Administrative Professionals
    Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Ames
    Ames Chamber Artists
    Cyclone Corvettes Inc.
Other:
    Love to travel & attend grandkid activities
Favorite Place(s):
    Home
    Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM
  


 
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