Saturday, July 31, 2010

......LHS News......
Originally sent July 29

Update: Funeral services for Loyal Farmer, 75, of Lawton, will be this Saturday July 31, 11:00am, First Baptist church. Burial service will be private at Highland Cemetery. Loyal passed on July 25 after complications of rheumatoid arthritis and heart failure. Loyal is husband of Chlorica (Stephens) Warkentin Farmer, LHS class '57.
Extended obit and guest book at

Also passing, Maj. (rtrd) Paul W. 'Sam' Bass, 83, of Plano, TX. Sam passed on July 27. He was husband of LHS '57 grad Carolyn Kay Hennessee who passed in 2005. Sam is survived by his daughter Melissa; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.Funeral service will be at 1:30pm in Lawton, Friday July 30, Becker Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton.
Extended obit and guest book at:

I know thoughts and prayers are with these families during these difficult times.

Another LHS classmate makes the Oklahoman newspaper. This past Sunday, '54 classmate John McKee was pictured as he was host of a 'Sooner Barbeque' in Santa Fe, NM on the 4th of July. John hosted the University of Oklahoma Club of Santa Fe which is made up of people from Oklahoma who have vacation homes in Santa Fe or who were visiting from Oklahoma over the 4th. Other LHS grad and Lawtonians enjoying the BBQ, Jack and Judy (Warkentin) Bryan, '63. John who also has a home in OKCity is pictured (on left) with Howard K. Berry. Pix above.

Guys, I'm losin it! And unfortunately, not talking about weight! I thought it was my friend John Smith, '60, who had sent the Roy Rogers info that had the picture of Roys customized Pontiac...but alas, not John. So...I am sorry I got that wrong and now not sure who sent it, so please let me know! Much thanks.

From the eMail bag:
'59 classmate Lynn R. McClenny sent a great site with a tribute to the cowboys we've been talking about. Some may have seen it but bears repeating. Be sure to keep watching after Statler Bros finish...didn't know there were SO many cowboys! Remember some of them. No wonder Miss Kitty Wells wanted to 'Be a Cowboys Sweetheart'. Later, Leann Rimes did too! Check it out:

And, have you seen the new postage stamps featuring 'Cowboys of the Silver Screen'? The 20 page sheet of 44 cent stamps alternates Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, William S. Hart, and Tom Mix. The back of the stamp gives birth and death dates and a thumbnail bio. Nostalgic and colorful!

Several have asked why in discussion of the theaters in Lawton, no mention of the Vaska? I do remember going to the Vaska, BIG cushy seats, and they had 'stage shows' of some kind, between movies, turn house lights up & play BINGO or draw and gave away grocerys and other prizes? I was young (grade school) but do remember as my Mom went.

My brother Tim Gill (LHS) sent details about [his]class 1970 reunion: The LHS and Eisenhower class(es) of 1970 will hold a joint 40th reunion on Friday/Saturday September 10-11.
Friday night will feature a 'pre-party' get-together at Mike's Sports Grill in Lawton, 7:00pm - ??
Saturday night will be at the McCasland Ballroom at Cameron University. Beginning at 7:00pm, will feature live band, hors d'oeuvre, ca$h bar. Fun, food, friends! $30.00 per person, RSVP no later than August 21.
Dress: dressy casual or casual.
LHS grads RSVP to: Debbie (Brewczynski) Thompson, 6106 Williams, Lawton, OK 73505, phone: (580)678-4875;
doubt many will read this news, but, EHS grads to: Vikki (Melton) Poolaw, 6125 SW Park, Lawton, OK 73505. Or EHS can call Ann (Holland) Werner at: (580) 678-5274. These classmates are also on Facebook and

Once again, several newcomers to the news. Previously sent news and photos archived at:
All I know right now..........Georgia

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