Originally sent July 4
I apologize for typo in last news. I called Patsy, Nancy. It IS Patsy (Sherratt) Theobald. So sorry for the gaff as I knew better!!!!!
"Just to add a note to your Colorado fire coverage...an old broadcast pal of mine asked me to join him, his two Golden Retrievers and cat for a drive from Key West, Florida to the west coast of Washington state. Four thousand miles in four days....no kidding.
Both Bob and I worked in Denver for several years and were interested in the big Fort Collins fire. On June 11, we bypassed Denver and drove north to Wyoming. Our plan called for taking a shortcut in the Fort Collins area. No chance, the fire, visible from afar, changed our plan and the smoke was moving east & north in a big way. We were coughing all the way through Wyoming. The new fire, near Colorado Springs, may be worse than the Fort Collins blaze. Apart from the loss of human life, wildlife and homes the damage done to habitat and mountain terrain is heartbreaking. Fire season is getting off to a very rough start in the mountain west and I fear it will be a devastating summer."
Charles Darling - Charles was with ABC News many, many, years! Cat? 2 dogs? Mercy!
Saundra (Garrison) -Abadji, '61, moved back to Lawton in 2008 to care for her brother '59 classmate Keith Garrison who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Saundra has since retired from nursing at Memorial Hosp and if you want to know what she is doing, Saundra has a webpage on Facebook called Saundra's Corner. Hint: she lived in the middle east for several years!
Appreciate Nino Marinez, '55, for sending a picture of his brother Eddie Martinez, '64. Eddie is with Senator John McCain and Gov Mitt Romney in San Diego at the Veterans Museum for Memorial Weekend. The Vietnam Veterans of America host the annual observance as a tribute to Veterans. Eddie said excellent turnout of about 5000 patriotic folks.
Again, Herb Jacobs writes "Fargo Led LHS to Surprising State Hoops Title". July 1, Sunday Constitution, page 3-C. A look at a great season (1961-62) with LHS's super talent and ability. More names of classmates that you will remember. See pix.
Charles Ellenbrooks, '56, column 'Wichita Mountains Field Notes' is most interesting - Constitution, June 26, page 10-A. Charles and classmate Kenny Dorrell, '58, hiked to the old mining shaft in the Wichitas known as the Bonanza Mine. The Bonanza Mining Co was founded in 1903 with hopes of finding a rich vein of gold or silver. Started by a railroad depot agent from Indiahoma, other rail workers were recruited to help develop the mine. You'll enjoy the read. Picture shows Kenny and is looking west up Fawn Creek at the foot of the mine shaft.
Ronald C. 'Ronnie' Gaskins, 76, of Lawton passed on June 30. Ronnie was LHS class 1954. Ronnie was a Golden Glove boxer and won the State title in the feather weight division. He is survived by two daughters; a son; numerous grandchildren; a brother Donnie Gaskins and a sister Linda (Gaskins) Wilson. Services were July 3 in Lawton.
Extended obit and guest book at: www.beckerfuneral.com
Velma Lee (Hobbs) McCune, 83, of Lawton passed on June 30. Velma Lee was LHS class 1948. She is survived by her husband of 62 years James Patrick McCune; a son; 2 daughters; numerous grandchildren; a brother Ray Hobbs, '52; a sister Pat. Services were July 3 in Lawton.
Extended obit and guest book at: www.grayfuneral.com
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones.
Have a safe 4th! God Bless America! Georgia
Pix 1961-62 LHS team: Kneeling front left, Jim Fargo; right, Bill Thomas; Back row l-r: Wes Hamm; Robert Williamson; Scotty Long; Pete Dosser; coach Kenny Bridges. Note: sadly, Bill Thomas is deceased.