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!"
 
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  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."
 
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  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.

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  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."
 
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  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."

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  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 years.
 
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  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.
 
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  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.
 
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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!"

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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.

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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."

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  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. "
 
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  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."
 
 

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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.

 

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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. 

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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.
 

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  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.
 
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  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.
 
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