Thursday, December 31, 2009
Originally sent Dec. 28
Mary Sue Silk will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 3. If you would like to send her a greeting, her mailing address is: 7201 SW 11th Street, Lawton, OK 73505. I am sure she would be delighted!
Sorry to report the passing of L.S. "Skip" Grundman, 72, of Lawton. Skip passed on Dec. 22. He was born in NY and grew up in New Jersey before moving to Lawton in 1949 and graduated LHS, class '55.He is survived by former wife, Patricia; four children - Mark, Kelly, Dawn, Tracy.Services will be at 2:00pm, Tuesday Dec. 29, Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel. Extended obit and guest book at <www.grayfuneral.com>
Well, I spoke tooooooo soon about snow and bad weather.....someplace else! Christmas Eve we had one of the worst 'blizzards' I can remember in Lawton, America! The wind was horrible, it blew, howled, 40-60mph for hours! A 'white out'.... at sea level yet! It was something and dumped 6-8-10 inches of snow in our area in a fairly short period of time! More in OKC and Wichita Falls was hit hard also. Roads closed, power off, businesses closed! Man! What a storm. Started about midnight Wednesday night.....blew through by about 4:30 Thursday afternoon and Santa loaded up for his deliveries! Numerous couldn't get home for Christmas and that made it tough for some. Christmas Day brought sunshine and shovels out of the garage and things slowly melting and back to 'normal'.Bracing for more snow on Tuesday!
I had several write to let me know that Jean (Shanklin) Orr is class of '62. I'm sorry I do not have an update on her. Will try to find out how she is doing.
My sister-in-law, Lugene (Williams) Mushrush, remains in ICU in Houston Methodist, but is better. Some have emailed on how to contact her and the easiest....she now has her 'computer' - IPOD thing, and if you would like to email her -
. Lugene is class '54.
'Boucher Was Dominating Hurler at LHS'....so reads the headline. This Sundays weekly column by Constitution sports writer Herb Jacob - Where Are They Now?' - is all about '59 classmate Jerry Boucher and the Wolverines rise to become the dominant baseball team in Oklahoma. Other names mentioned: '59-ers David Hillis, Oscar Pickering, Charles Brooks, Billy Dayton; plus, Bob Howard, Jimmy Bohl, Gale McCray, Hartwell Menefee, Johnny Parrish, and Dennis Blanton. Also, coach Bob 'Peewee' Williams. Great read about great times, page 3-C, Sunday Constitution, Dec. 27.
From the eMail bag - Great Christmas story:
"I wanted to tell you about my Dad, Art Farrington. He has been a Shrine Santa for over 30 years and is planning on retiring at the ripe old age of 90. He and another Shriner friend started the unit to raise money for the crippled children and burn units supported by the Shriners. They have raised over $100,000! I'm so proud of him. One day I asked him why he wasn't Santa when I was a child. He said, "I was, I just didn't have the suit for another 50 years!". Ouch!! KSWO will be doing a piece on him Christmas Eve. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas -- I will be with Santa!"
Linda Farrington, class '66
(a great Santa he is....(pix above)
All the news for now.......Georgia