Class of 1967



1967 Class notes

   Attending May Day?
  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!"       Yes
  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.       No
  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."       Yes
  Barbara Gillian 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. "        No
  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 treasure for the state of Washington. She is an avid reader, enjoys hiking, travel and time with her family.        No