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Vicki Halligan Mcgahan
Posted on the 2021-05-13 at 17:00
70 years old!! How the heck did that happen?  I am so looking forward to celebrating this milestone with my classmates. Safe travels to the travelers and let's have fun celebrating each other. %uD83D%uDC4F%uD83D%uDC4F
Vicki I Halligan Mcgahan
Posted on the 2021-05-13 at 17:00
Ok I have no idea what that last line is of my note!!!
Gene Fowler
Posted on the 2020-09-08 at 17:00
Here's hoping all of our classmates are safe and healthy. Between Covid and forest fires and politics, we are all, most certainly, living in interesting times. If any of us are aware of anyone in our class, or their loved ones need help, please let us all know. 
vicki halligan mcgahan
Posted on the 2019-09-12 at 17:00
Greetings class of 1969.  Much thanks to the organizing committee of our 50 year class reunion!! Absolutely well done. All events were so well attended and very special in their own way. I found myself wanting to be a fly on the wall to watch and take in all the joy, conversations, and reconnecting that was going on.  The sense of community and connectedness in our class is unbeatable in my opinion.  It  was remarked over and over that growing up in Bend at the time we did is irreplacable and forever in our hearts.  Our reunion was so well attended that it was impossible to speak to everyone there!  Everyone, whether at the reunion or not, has made their mark in our class and coming to reunions is a great way to celebrate us! It is remarkable that we are 50 years out. Those who aren't with us physically are with us in spirit and remembered always. We have always been one for all and all for one.  Til next time. Vicki 
vicki halligan mcgahan
Posted on the 2014-07-29 at 17:00
I am so sad and sorry to be missimg our 45th(!!!!) high school reunion..  I want to say hi to all who are going and anyone who reads this.  I so enjoyed our 40th and have such fond memories of Bend and my classmates. With so much time passing we all have a lot in common and much to share with each other.  Please everyone enjoy and I will defininitely be at the 50th God willing!!
Greg Lonien
Posted on the 2014-07-23 at 17:00
Sorry to miss the reunion again. I live on the island of Guam and work for the National Weather Service. I will be visiting my mother in Bend in early November though. Me and my wife Nila have 2 sons and 3 grand children. I retired from the Air Force in 1991 as a weather forecaster. Hope to see you one of these days. Thanks for this wonderful website! Greg Lonien
Posted on the 2013-01-29 at 16:00
ih how are you
Coleena Singleton Miller
Posted on the 2011-07-14 at 17:00
Name: coleena miller
Comments: hello to all my lava bear friends in bend. this is coleena singleton miller in salem. so sorry i missed the big 40 th. the website is great hats off to all the bend people who work so hard.bye for now coleena
Colleen Hogan-Taylor
Posted on the 2011-01-16 at 16:00
From: Colleen Hogan-Taylor
Date: Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM
Subject: RE: Shel Perrigan Memorial Service

I\'m amazed that so many of my classmates have passed away.  I moved away from Bend shortly after high school and did not return to live, only for short visits to see my dad.  I\'m sorry to hear of another loss.  We\'re not that old of a group!!!
Christi Payne
Posted on the 2010-03-06 at 16:00
Reflections on reunion -- Now it\'s past, definitely a period of let-down, weariness, and vast images of old friends laughing, talking, hugging, dancing ...   But, it was a fine reunion. I counted over 100 names of classmates plus their spouses. All told about 150 attending? More, as there were drop-ins to the Friday night gathering.    I really want to thank the reunion committee\'s core group in Bend, a very small group of people who did a large amount of work, and seemingly effortlessly. Good job!   And then there\'s this website! Thanks to Dave Simpson with help from his wife, Jill (Pinckney) Simpson, this site is a keeper, and that is the plan. I believe he\'s at work to simplify it down the road for the long haul. It can serve as a place for us to communicate over the years in between reunions, and if we use it, it will serve us well.    So I propose that if you\'re reading these comments, you join in the fray, keep us posted of your life, and help all us getting-older fogeys stay up to date during the long spells between reunions. I propose that Dave come up with a plan and instruct us on the website as to where we can communicate best. 
Cathy Phelps
Posted on the 2009-08-05 at 17:00

I’ll be thinking about the reunion as I sit at home.  It would be nice to be there and say hello to friends.  My husband is out of town for ten days camping and four-wheeling with our oldest son, his wife and friends.  This was a trip that has been planned for a year.  Our youngest son just enlisted in the army and left for Fort Benning, Georgia last week.  I appreciate Bob and Pat Barnett’s offer to tag along with them but because of health issues with both my mother-in-law and father-in-law we just didn’t think it was good to be out of town with no other family members near by.

          Life has been good and we keep busy.  Wayne and I have been married for 33 years.  Our oldest son, Ryan, turns 27 next month.  He started working for a heating and cooling business just before he graduated from high school.  He became an apprentice soon after graduation.  He is the service manager for a commercial heating and cooling company here in the Portland area.  He has been married three years, no children.  Sean is 22 and is trying for Special Forces in the army.

          Three years ago we moved into our “dream” home.  We had a log home built on almost 20 acres in rural Washington County.  The property was bought by Wayne’s family in the early 60’s.  We brought our kids here for day outings and even occasional weekend camping trips just like Wayne’s parents did with their children.  We have four alpacas that entertain us.  Wayne has given notice that he intends to retire effective February 1st, 2010.  He as worked at NW Natural Gas Company for just over 16 years.  I will probably teach another 4 years.  I love my job and still get excited for the start of the new school year. 

          Wayne and I are Camp Master volunteers at Camp Meriwether on the Oregon coast.  We spend 4 or 5 weekends during the school year helping out at the camp.  I also volunteer two evenings a month at the North Plains library.  During the summer I help out with the children’s story time on Wednesday mornings.

          I hope everyone has a wonderful time.  I will be talking to Pat next week and I look forward to hearing all about the weekend.

John Oberg
Posted on the 2009-08-04 at 17:00
Regrets.  Though this event would be a close second, there is no place that I would rather be than at home with Marcia, my bride of 19 yrs.  We have a 2 sons; Patrick now 36 years old and Vincent 35.  No grand kids yet, but my lecture is becoming more refined as time goes on.  We are hopeful.  4 dogs have been with the family along the way; Prospero, Farnsworth, Conner and the last one standing, Matilda.  Last weekend I told Doug Herland's story to a group of sales people as an example of dreaming big and overcoming obstacles.  Doug was supposed to attend my 40th birthday and was abruptly interrupted by a life event.  I come to Bend infrequently, but when I do I often walk a couple of cemeteries.  Yeah, OK, I'm a nut bar.  I visit family, friends and in a couple cases students.  At each stop I mutter that I haven't forgotten them.  Visiting this website over the last few weeks has been a treat.  I have not forgotten any of you either.  Best wishes for a memorable time together. God bless you all.
Randy Gravon
Posted on the 2009-08-03 at 17:00
I'm so sorry I wasn't aware of the reunion earlier,  I just received a call from Dennis Rice informing me of this weekend's activities.  Unfortunately I have conflicts that make attending difficult.  It has been at least 30 years since I have seen most of you; as we move into later stages of life, our personal histories take on a greater meaning. 

I've spent the past 33 years in public education, and have been Supetrintendent of Jackson County School District 6 in Central Point for five years. I'm married, have three daughters and seven grandchildren.  Life is busy.  I hope to have another opportunity to reconnect with the class of 1969.
Syd Parlour
Posted on the 2009-08-01 at 17:00
 Hi, this is my first contact with anyone from the Class of '69 for over 35 years. I kept in touch with Tom Currie for several years after I left for university but then lost track of him after I stayed on the East Coast. Then Christi called me last weekend - that was such a thrill to hear her voice! I have been in Canada for 34 years, am a dual citizen, and my career has been in the area of children's mental health, living and working in Northern Ontario near Lake Superior. I am writing this today from my Mom's home in Vermont, as I get down here once or twice a year to visit. Fortunately, you were able to track me down through her address.  I would love to hear from folks and will reply once I get back home in a couple of weeks. Hope everyone has a great time and lots of laughs at the reunion! Love to you all!
Dennis Koho
Posted on the 2009-07-28 at 17:00
the Yew Lane kids are having a brief
mini-reunion Friday afternoon before the downtown events.  Dave Burleigh organized it and our 1st and 2nd grade teacher, Evelyn Sather, will be there.  It should be interesting.  Please pass that along to anyone you may know who attended Yew Lane.
Bill Zogg
Posted on the 2009-07-26 at 17:00
Hi all...I don't know who remembered me, got my address and sent me the info on reunion (but a big thank you to  ). Always wanted to attend one but since I left in 67, didn't know if it was appropriate. Looking thru the classmates page and I recognize alot of names. But not to many faces. Someone must of rememberd me since I got the info. I don't know if I will make Friday (maybe) but will be there Saturday...I probably won't remember to many of you and you won't  remember me but sounds like fun.
Patsy Barnett (Wiley)
Posted on the 2009-07-26 at 17:00
Looking forward to seeing you all.  Hoping to spend some special time with those of you who were part of the Yew Lane Brat Pack. Dave Burleigh is having a get together at his place before the Friday evening event. Contact him or me for any questions or further information.  See you soon!
Jane Burkholder
Posted on the 2009-07-21 at 17:00
Here is a great quote from Carl Sagan:

Six times now I have looked death in the face. And six times Death has averted his gaze and let me pass.
Eventually, of course, Death will claim me—as he does each of us. It’s only a question of when. And how.
I’ve learned much from our confrontations—especially about the beauty and sweet poignancy of life, about the preciousness of friends and family, and about the transforming power of love. In fact, almost dying is such a positive, character-building experience that I’d recommend it to everybody—except, of course, for the irreducible and essential element of risk.
—Scientist and author Carl Sagan (1934–1996)
Terry Lukes
Posted on the 2009-07-21 at 17:00
Thank you Shel, 
Your eloquent words of wisdom posted in the “Guest Book” on Monday sent me roaring into my boss’s office to request additional leave and frantically surfing the net for an acceptable last minute airfare. You are right – life is short and we need to make the most of it. Thanks for the nudge! It will be great to see everyone.  Let’s all make some new memories!     
Shel Perrigan
Posted on the 2009-07-19 at 17:00
After reading entries to the guestbook the past month or so, I thought it was probably gutless on my part not to write one.


I've been helping in a minor way with the reunion and it has been a gift. I've talked with a good number of our classmates and hearing those voices again has been awesome. I can remember voices of 40 years ago but not where I left my reading glasses 40 minutes ago.

I'll save the stories of my life for when we get together. Bergseng has already heard a bunch of them and he wasn't impressed! HA! I'd sure like to hear your stories.

I'm very grateful for the wonderful years growing up with all of you in Bend. I haven't lived on that side of the mountain in 40 years but it still feels like home.

As many of you know, we lost my twin brother Steve almost two years ago. He taught me a great deal in his final days and helped me realize the importance of appreciating every moment.

For those of you who aren't sure you will attend the reunion, I encourage you to. You are important to me and to those who will be there. 40 years is short.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!
Dan Ellingson
Posted on the 2009-07-07 at 17:00

If someone traveling for the reunion can’t afford the Riverhouse, or would like a different setting, I will share the “cabin” I am renting at no cost: It’s 2 bedroom.

Here is a description:

It’s on Deschutes Market Road, 6 miles from the Riverhouse (but a lot faster than driving through town in the afternoon!)

Contact info:

Dan Ellingson

Cameron Healy
Posted on the 2009-06-27 at 17:00
Sorry to miss this gathering of special friends. I am committed to an event on the same weekend that I must attend. All the best to all and have a great time. Cam Healy
Patty Sells (Hatch)
Posted on the 2009-06-13 at 17:00
Great page.  Surely Tom, Susie or Mark could dig up an old Saint Francis School Photo.  We sat in those uniforms during 7th and 8th grade just counting down the days when we could join you at Cascade Junior High.
Greg Kanne
Posted on the 2009-06-12 at 17:00
I'm really looking forward to this reunion.  Most of you will not remember me as I was very shy and I finished my senior year in Salem.  After these many years I finally managed to get back to Central Oregon.  I am looking forward to seeing all of your.
Dennis Rice
Posted on the 2009-06-06 at 17:00
Dave... riley told me you are the one who set up this web site... it is amazing!!! being NOT an IT guy thanks for all you are doing ... looking forward to seeing you again. i live in denver with my wife sheila 29 years and two daughters mackenzie who just graduated from cu boulder 1 month ago and kelsey who is getting married on july 18th... hope all is well with you and again looking forward to seeing you warm regards dennis
Dan Bekins
Posted on the 2009-06-06 at 17:00
I checked out the website.  What a blast!  Kudos to all of those involved.
The Allen School photos were amazing.

I am just getting ready to head to Illinois to my wife's family reunion.  I
would like to do the Bend class of '69 reunion but it would be a last minute
affair.  I hate to say it, but I do not know if I'll make it.

Good thoughts, good words, good deeds,

Daniel Bekins
Executive Services Agency
P.O. Box 5159
Peoria, AZ 85385
Patricia H. (Richards) Hayes
Posted on the 2009-05-31 at 17:00
Hi you guys! 
I hear that I am missing in action.  It is no wonder - trust me! My family and I have hopped all over the place, and had a wonderful interesting life while we were at it.  So I am sure that you have lost me several times over.  When my boys were young we didn't take vacations - we moved and explored new areas.
Between Alaska where I spent all my summers through high school; A foray or two into Washington state, California, & Texas; then back to Alaska where I married and one son was born; then Oregon again for a few years where my second son was born. . . well, you get the picture!
My work history was just as widely varied - and fun!  Owned restaurants/motel/and apartments, a hunting lodge in Alaska (24Hr restaurant/lounge/hotel/gas station/& wrecker service); worked in the high tech industry as document control & executive secretary; a term in the Alaska State Legislature for the Senator from our district (Palmer/Wasilla); even ran a sucessful political campaign or two; and started a record keeping business for owner/operators in the transportation industry.
Nine years ago moved to Montana.  I bought a house and started a clothing & furniture consignment store called "The Irish Rose" on the south end of Flathead Lake in Polson.  In addition I operate a non-profit for women in business to help them with advertising and networking.  We currently have about 40 businesses that list in "The Ladies of the Lake . . .and Byways" business brochure & web page.  My sister and I do all of the graphics/printing/& design work.  Keeps us plugged into the community & gives us a reason to get out and enjoy this beautiful area where we live.
My boys are 37 and 35 years of age, and my youngest son has two children.  My grandaughters are 14 and 12 this year.  Both are coming from Oregon to work in the shop this summer.  All in all I am as busy as I want to be, with lots of fun thrown in for good measure.
I spent many years as a single parent, so I decided early on that if life wasn't fun - change it!!!  Seems to have worked so far.  And I am still charging ahead!
Wishing you all the very best!  Would love to come for the reunion, but not sure at this point whether I will be able to attend or not.  So, send me all the info and I will respond as soon as I can.  Lord willing I will be there.  Thanks so much for all your hard work!!
Patricia H. (Richards) Hayes
Vicki Halligan McGahan
Posted on the 2009-05-31 at 17:00
Hello to everyone, I absolutely cannot wait.  40 years, yikes!!  Where has the age of aquarius gone?  Please tell me I will not be the only one with diminished memory ( I'll bring my year book)  See you soon.
Terri Jensen
Posted on the 2009-04-23 at 17:00
Hi everyone.  Am looking forward to this event.  I still live in Bend so it is good to go.  Would love to hear anyone .  It might be hard to remember me.  I was very shy.  I have managed to overcome some of that and get confortable with myself.  It is great.  See ya there.
ledford, monty
Posted on the 2009-04-18 at 17:00
i would love to attend and am planning on doing so; the only monkey wrench that might get thrown into the works is that my oldest son may be getting married in August, and we do not  yet know the date--neither does he or she--he has to pop the question soon, and thinks the answer will be yes, but we can't count our chickens.