Originally sent June 29
Sorry to report the passing of Helen (Bunch) Crow, 70, of Walters. Helen passed on June 23 and services were June 26. Helen is class 1957. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Billy John Crow; four sons; a sister, Jeanne Jarvis; numerous grandchildren.
Extended obit and gust book at: www.hart-wyattfuneralhome.com
A note from Robert L. Shotts, '54 via Ed Harp, '54, to let all know that Truman O. Pettijohn, 76, passed on June 26. He had been fighting issues related to diabetes for some time. Robert related that he & Truman go all the way back to first grade at Woodrow Wilson and that he was in Oklahoma City about a month ago to visit with Truman who was class 1953. He is survived by wife Carolyn. There will be a Memorial service at 10:00am on Friday July 2, church of the Savior in OkCity (5600 NW 63rd).
Burial will be in Sunset Gardens in Lawton at approx 1:30pm. He is currently at Smith Funeral Home in Anadarko. No obit posted as of this writing: http://www.smithfuneralservices.com/
Also passing, George Miller, 82, of Lawton. George passed June 23 and a memorial service was held June 28. He attended Lawton schools but left just 6 months before graduation to join the Navy. He married Pat (Witzel) in 1953. Extended obit and guest book at: www.beckerfuneral.com
And, Vernon I. Greer, 90, Lawton, passed on June 25 after complications from a stroke in mid-May. A Memorial service was held June 28. Vernon did not attend LHS but I know a lot of classmates remember V.I. as he owned & operated Greer's Flowers from 1946 until his retirement in 1984. He made a lot of prom corsages and home-coming pom-pom chrysanthemums in 'our' day! He is survived by his wife Marian 'Tiny' (Johnson); a daughter Dixie (Greer) Walker; a son Steve, both LHS grads.
Extended obit and guest book at: www.beckerfuneral.com
Our sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones.
Classmates in the news......Preston Holsinger, '60, who is retired and living back in Lawton, is getting involved in his community! He was recently installed as President of the Lawton AMBUCS. No doubt he will do a good job and be very busy!!!!!
Pete Costilow, '63, was featured in a story in the Oklahoman this past Sunday. Pete and two other Oklahomans who served in Vietnam were interviewed regarding their service in the war and the upcoming opening in Norman of the Dignity Memorial Wall. The three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial [in Washington, DC] will be unveiled at Reeves Park Wednesday and be open to the public through July. Pete was a Chinook pilot, flying support missions. Pete said it was decades before he could talk about his experiences and he knows other vets have the same situation. He stated...."I just hope that any Vietnam veteran will try to come..." [to visit Dignity Wall]!
My bro George, '63, is BIG into Western memorabilia these days. He has just returned from Denver where he attended a Western collectibles show AND an auction of Roy Rogers/Dale Evans artifacts from the museum that Roy started years ago. The museum was eventually moved from CA to Branson, MO. Recently the family [five children of Roy and Dale] made the decision to sell off all the collectibles. This past week-end in Denver was 1/3 of the collection, another auction was held several weeks ago, and the third and final sale of items will be held at Christies in NYC July 14.
Trigger [the original] is also going to be sold or may have been? The first Trigger, one of several horses named Trigger, was taxidermied when he died.George said some really 'nice' stuff and most went way over pre-sale estimates.
No, George didn't buy anything at the auction. The show....well, another matter!
Do you realize that after 'our' 1940's, '50's, early '60's generation(s) passes.....even now.....kids don't know who Roy Rogers is....! Sigh!
Well, to those who do remember...........Happy Trails to you........and a safe and festive 4th. We hope to be watching fireworks in Boston Harbor this week-end! And, if you don't have your fireworks yet, may not be too late, great product/great buys at: http://www.bigshotfireworks.com/..........
Fireworks ~ an American Tradition!
Happy Birthday America!