Class of 1967
1967 Class notes
|Attending May Day?|
|Coletta Lora Wiebe of Henderson, Neb. writes, "My husband, Roger, and I are now retired from farming,
but still reside on the farm. We have three daughters, two of which live here in Nebraska,
and one in Maui. Most of our time is spent here at home where we are both involved
in our local church. Music has always been an important part of my life, so we can
enjoy it by participating in church and community choirs, smaller vocal ensembles,
and by being a choir director and pianist. Bluffton has given me a good music background
and foundation which I have been able to use throughout my life. The choraliers with
Christine Purves, the A Cappella Choir and European choir tour with Earl Lehman and
James W. Bixel, as head of the music department, all helped in developing my appreciation
for the arts and in being able to express them in various capacities. What a wonderful
four years in college with lasting friendships!"
|Thomas J. Reeser of Center Line, Mich., writes, "Carol and I have been married 48 years. Carol is retired
from a banking career. I am working for a plubing and hardware store. The company
is Warren Pipe & Supply of Fraser, Mich. We spend time with three children who are
married, five grandchildren, three step grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
We are active in the United Church of Christ in Clinton Twp, Mich., as choir members
and help in various committees of the church. Bluffton has promoted family values
and community affairs."
|Carolyn Luginbill McDaniel of Pandora, Ohio, married to Rod McDaniel have 2 daughters, Angela and Alison. They
and their husbands are all in the teaching field. Together, Carolyn and Rod have 7
grandchildren, the oldest of which is a freshmen at Bluffton University. Carolyn enjoys
volunteering at the Et Cetera Thrift Shop in Bluffton and the Bluffton Ten Thousand
Villages store. Carolyn also enjoys following her grand children's music and sporting
events along with walking and gardening.
|Sandra K. Christman of Chillicothe, Ohio, says retirement provides opportunities to do many activities.
"I swim at the YMCA, do needlework, read, travel and do volunteer activities with
SSUW, OU-C Giving Circle, Spanish conversation group. Retirement also gives one time
to spend with friends and family and help, if needed."
|Patricia Barnes Burkholder of Bryan, Ohio, spends time with friends, traveling, making trips to Akron and Dublin,
Ohio, to visit sons' families, substitute teaching, volunteering at church and local
hospital and line dancing. Husband, Roger Burkholder `65, died in 2006. She writes,
"One of our sons spent four years in Australia with a job assignment, but he now lives
in Dublin, Ohio, with his wife and two children. Our second son, a minister, lives
in Akron, Ohio, with his wife and three children. Many of my classmates influenced
my values by reinforcing the way I was raised. Due to the strong message of service
at Bluffton, I have always volunteered in my community and on numerous mission trips."
|Bruce Yoder of Wake Forest, N.C., and his wife, Earlina, enjoy visiting their two children, Kyle
and Kerri, and three grandchildren in California and Maryland. Bruce taught mathematics
for 46 years in Philadelphia and North Carolina. Earlina was also a teacher for 50
|Lynn H. Savage from Apache Junction, Ariz., spends time gardening and fishing in the summertime,
and pastoring at Weaver's Needle RV Resort in wintertime. His wife, Ruth, passed away
in October 2016 after 59 years of marriage. Their daughter, Yvonne, lives in Mesa,
Ariz.; son, Matt, lives in Staunton, Va.; son, Luke, lives in Eugene, Ore. A total
of seven grandchildren. Bluffton College gave me a wonderful career in teaching.
|Lee Augustine of Wawarsing, NY writes: After 43 carefree years of fun, I thought I had had enough.
My wife, Renee, and I got married in 1990. Four years later came diaper-changing and
cleaning up. Renee is the impetus behind all that we do and have accomplished. Our
son, Lucas, attended Bluffton and was active in the drama department. He is now the
JV girls' basketball coach at Cory-Rawson H.S. Our daughter, Rebecca, is a junior
at SUNY Potsdam and is studying creative writing. Rebecca does stand-up comedy. Our
daughter Emma is a junior studying physical education at Sage University in Albany,
NY and plays soccer as goal keeper. I work as a volunteer soccer/basketball/softball
coach at Ellenville H.S. I also garden, stack/burn firewood, write angry letters to
the paper and posts on Facebook, yell at the TV (much more than ever before), raise
chickens, attend concerts and attend the Sons of the Desert (a Laurel & Hardy club
Chapter). The girls and I went to Washington for the Women's March. Values: One of
the reasons I became a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war was because of
a talk Professor Lawrence Templeton gave in the dorm one evening. Two years after
graduating from Bluffton, I had a similar experience to attending Bluffton when I
attended the Woodstock Festival. How was it similar? Lots of like-minded people living
in close proximity, a very friendly, peace-oriented atmosphere, wanting to end the
war in Vietnam, and lots of good music. Brotherhood, peace, love and rock-n-roll.
And also, the food was not so good. Professors: I thought a great deal of several
Bluffton professors: Laura Weaver, John Unruh, Arden Slotter, Von Hardesty, Richard
Weaver, Elmer Neufeld and Henry Rempel come to mind. Classes: I especially liked essay
writing with Miss Weaver, Russian history, Physical Chemistry, Philosophy and Economics.
Friends: Too many to mention. I keep in touch with some through Christmas cards and
Facebook. I don't miss guys throwing soda cans at me in the dorm TV room during Giants-Browns
games. General: In the struggle to get the sport of soccer accepted as a varsity sport
at Bluffton, I learned a great deal that helped me in my coaching career and in life
in general. I learned that a two-goal lead is not good enough. I made good friends
with teammates from all over the world. I learned that Johnson Rakama was able to
score goals barefooted. I learned that you can sometimes eventually beat city hall.
Steve Basinger of Loch Lloyd, Missouri, started his career as a teacher and head football coach, then went with State Farm Insurance in 1977 and continues to be an agent in Kansas City, Missouri. "I have been married to my wife, Bonnie, for almost 47 years. We have two married daughters, Becky and Molly, and four grandsons. I look forward to seeing many classmates that I haven't seen in many years!"
Linda Hilty Ewing of Findlay, Ohio, has one daughter, one son in the military reserve who served in Afganistan, and one granddaughter in the Army reserve. I work part time for Home Health, volunteer at the local food pantry and serve on the Board of Trustees for Chopin Hall. Bluffton's institutional values were reinforcement of values as taught by my parents and family.
N. Leslie Rice of Quakertown, Pa., has been married to my wife, Linda, for 50 years. "We have three daughters, five grandsons and three granddaughters. I work part time at Camp Men-o-lan, volunteer at Code Blue Homeless Shelter in Quakertown, and enjoy reading, gardening, fishing and golf. My experience at Bluffton has been one of the greatest and best influences on my life. My love for music and the Mennonite Anabaptist faith was fostered at Bluffton and has added so much richness to my life. I was a biology major and developed a deep love for the natural world and the outdoors. I taught biology for 30 years and still love to camp, canoe, fish and bird-watch. I have such wonderful memories of my college friends, the Chordbusters and the A Capella Choir."
|Barbara Gilliom Lehman of Angola, Ind., has two daughters. "Our oldest, Suzy, is a 4th grade teacher in inner-city
Ft. Wayne. Sandy, our youngest, teaches elementary music in inner-city Muncie. Both
are married and each has one daughter. Bill and I are retired and living on Crooked
Lake by Angola, Ind. In the summer we are on the water a lot playing with our granddaughters.
During winter months we stay home, reading and doing small home improvements. I'm
an active Silver Sneaker at the YMCA and Bill tinkers a lot. I was "finding" myself
at Bluffton and the profs helped in my self-discovery. "
|Shmuel Wahli of New Haven, Ind., spends time with writings pertaining to insights from ancient
Hebrew Torah texts and assisting in the family's business: Aleph Bet Document Centre.
Shmuel is proud of his five smart, professional children and their children. "Dr.
Elmer Nuefeld was one of the best teacher's I had. I am thankful for the Bluffton
College opportunity as an unbiased institution of love."
Alice Anne Heffentrager Newton of Bakerton, W.Va., does contract work for the National Park Service, and enjoys travel, photography, and volunteering. She and her husband James, have a daughter, son-in-law and one granddaughter.
Steve Fretz of Fresno, Calif., retired after 13 years of service with Fresno County Children's Mental Health Outpatient Services, and enjoys volunteering, skiing, hiking and kayaking. He spends much of his free time kayaking the San Joaquin and Kings Rivers year round as well as hiking and skiing, both resort and back-country, in the Sierras. He volunteers as a river guide for a local non-profit group called River Tree Volunteers which takes groups from schools, churches and community organizations down the San Joaquin on environmental outings doing river clean-ups and educational awareness. Steve has two children, as well as six grandchildren and 3 step-grandsons.
Elaine Naas Emans of Olympia, Wash., relocated to Washington state in 1977. Elaine has two sons who
live nearby by, along with her 3 granddaughters. She is happily retired after careers
that include nine years of clinical research, 10 years in computer technology and
13 years as a deputy treasurer for the state of Washington. She is an avid reader,
enjoys hiking, travel and time with her family.
|Cheryl Johnson Slotter of Bluffton, Ohio, has retired after spending employment time with Ohio public schools,
community relations for a retirement community, Bluffton News and Citizens National
Bank. Cheryl spends time working seasonally at Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Company,
biking, western square dancing, line dancing, volunteering and playing with a mountain
dulcimer group. Cheryl has two children, a son and a daughter with a combined 4 grandchildren.
|Edwin Epp of Winnipeg, Manitoba married Ruth Neufeld in July 1967. Since then the couple has
made a family of four children living around the country with 6 grandchildren. Edwin
became a pastor in a small congregation in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, then Ontario,
and most recently Manitoba. During the winter months Edwin enjoys bowling and curling.
Since retirement in 2010 he enjoys traveling to visit his children with his wife,
bird watching, camping and remaining involved in the life of the church.