Tuesday, May 7, 2013

......LHS News......
Originally sent May 6-7

In a letter to the editor, M. Sue (Gee) Whatley, '57, wrote a tribute to the Boston Marathon. Good comments and you can read - editorial page, Lawton Constitution, April 27.
Appreciate LaSandra (Ward), '57, giving me a heads-up that the author was a LHS classmate.

'59 classmate Jovita (Reinwand) Weeks is in process of moving to N. California - Napa area.  She was wondering if any other Wolverines in that area? If so, she hopes she can say 'hi'.

Midshipman 2nd Class Alan Thompson - OU Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps - is first person to receive
the Capt. Robert J. Kelsey Leadership Award in a ceremony on the OU campus. Thompson is a native of Katy, TX. The scholarship program was established by the Charles Kelsey family [Lawton] in honor of their son Capt. Robert 'Bob' Kelsey who passed in 1992 after a long battle with cancer.  Bobby Joe - as he was called - was LHS class 1963.


Class 1963 - 50th reunion coming up fast on May 17-18.  Contact Janet (Burt) Terry at (580) 529-3208 or email

Class 1954 and some of 1953 plus any others who have interest! August 2-3-4, 2013. Contact '54 grad Janette (Hanes) for details or info:

BUSY week-end in September....3 reunions set:

Class 1973 will have a reunion this September 20-21.  For details/questions contact Connie (Conway) Martinez (580) 574-6601; email:  OR Lou (Jones) Jackson

Class of 1968
will be having their 45th reunion that same week-end - September 20-21.   For info contact Eddie Hamra (580) 353-5800 or email .

And, class 1958 will also be having their 55th reunion same week-end - September 20-21. For information/details contact IvaLou Gilliam at: Loretta Hartline
at: ; (580) 357-3762. Or Kenneth Easton at:  < kennetheeaston@yahoo,com>; (580) 353-6252.
The Apache Casino Hotel (2315 East Gore) will be the hdqrts for the reunion and site of the Friday night event. Special rates are available but limited.  Contact one of the above for details.                  

Reunion info is posted on the WolverNet blog: <


More April Happy Birthdays to classmates:   Monta (Sanders) Burt...101 years old! And her best friend and same year classmate Juanita (Bowman) Perkins just turned 102.  Wow.  Really golden Wolverines!
Also, Emmet Meraz, Jr. 90 years young.


Doyce Grayson, '57, is better after hospital stay and treatment due to diabetes.  Hang in there Doyce.....reunions coming up!

Dee (Vanderpool) Glass, '52, continues treatment for cancer.

Herman Wainscott, '54, also fighting cancer.

Imogene Bridges broke a finger.  It hasn't been fun, but shes on road to mend!

Our prayers are with all who are taking treatment or resolving other health issues.


James Via, 81, of Lawton, passed on April 26.  James was LHS class 1951.  James is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ida (Conner); 3 daughters and their spouse;  a son; numerous grand and great grand children.
Services were April 30 in Lawton.
Extended obit and guest book at:  

Jim Botkin of Norman passed on April 22 after an extended illness.  Jim was LHS class 1964. He was preceded in death by his wife Marne (Harveland).  He is survived by 2 daughters and a son.
Extended obit can be read on the Norman Transcript obit page.

Paul Edwin Swanson, 79, of Weatherford, OK, passed April 29 at a Springfield, MO care center.  Paul was LHS class 1953. Paul is survived by his wife of 60 years Pat (Harned) and one granddaughter.  Services were held May 3.
Extended obit and guest book at:  

John Edward Lansden ll, 44, of McKinney,TX, passed on April 29.  John is the son of '59 classmate John Lansden Sr. and his wife Karen Ann (Blankenship).  He is survived by his parents; 3 sons;  an uncle Joe Lansden and wife Vonda (Pipes); an aunt Gwen Vandiver.   A memorial service was held May 4 in McKinney.
Extended obit:

Our sympathies and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones.

Possibly see some of you at one of the reunions.  Regards to all........Georgia

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