A Baby Boomer's Scrapbook
The kids at Meridian High, S-Z
Ann Sampson :
James B. Sampson, 60, of
passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, at his home with his family and loved ones at
He was born on May 10, 1946, in
Gladwin, to Albert B. and Mary R. (Briggs) Sampson. Jim spent his childhood in
He was a lifetime member of the
National Rifle Association, a member of the North American Hunting club, the
Millbrook Coon Hunter's Association and the American Anglers Association. He was
an avid coon hunter, fisherman, woodsman and all around outdoorsman. He felt
closest to God when he was enjoying nature.
Jim is survived by the first love of
his life, his loving wife of 37 years, Judy of Barryton; his children, Karrilynn
(William) Sigourney of Weidman, Shellie (Chip) Halfmann of Gillette, Wyo. and
Jamie and her fiancé' Ray Schumacher of Barryton; four grandchildren that he
cherished, Jacob and Ashley Sigourney, Katya Halfmann and Myka Schumacher; his
mother, Mary Ruth Briggs-Sampson-Grinnell of Gladwin; his sisters, Lynn (Dave)
Charles "Butch" Sasse
Charles "Butch" Sasse, 62, of
Sanford, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at home surrounded by his
family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Butch was born March 22, 1946, in Midland, to the late Walter "Red" and Catherine "Kay" (Golden) Sasse in Midland. He married the only girl he ever loved, Audrey Richardson, on July 10, 1965. He resided his whole life in Sanford. Butch worked as a carpenter, learning from his dad and many uncles. He had recently shared a working relationship with his friend, Deanna Hurtig of Hurtig Design Build.
Butch enjoyed hunting and fishing, and all who knew him have heard his "stories". He and his son, brothers and nephews were a deer slaying bunch with the pictures and antlers to prove it.
Butch coached Little League for his brothers and his children for many years in Sanford. If you ever heard a voice bellow across the ball park it was him. As the years went on he loved to watch his grandkids play sports.
Butch's dad, Red, died in 1975 with three teenagers at home. Butch and Audrey stepped in and helped to raise them. And for this they will be forever grateful.
He will forever be remembered by his wife and best friend, Audrey; his children, Angie Beebe and her husband, Darrin, and their daughters, Rhead, Ryann and Brynn, and Chris Sasse and his wife Sherry, and their children, Nikki and Tom; his sister, Cathey Brugger and her husband, Paul; his brothers, Lawrence Sasse and Pat Sasse and his wife, Carin; his sister-in-law, Barb Sasse; and his brother-in-law, Jim Brink and his wife Joanie. Butch's family was everything to him and he also leaves behind special nieces and nephews, Katie, Mike, Brad, Tim, Devin, Kyle and Samantha; very special aunts, Selena Sasse and Faye Roebuck; special cousins, Ron Sasse, Charlotte Wazny and Carla Fitzgerald; and his lifelong friends, Jim and Cheryl Draves.
Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Red and Kay, and his brother, Mike.
We would like to thank Shannon, Amy and Marie at East Central Oncology, Dr. Kotecha and Patty at Mid Michigan Radiation Oncology and Marilyn at Heartland Hospice for their care and concern.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, from the Wilson MILLER Funeral Home with Mr. Jerry Beebe officiating. Interment will follow in Sanford Cemetery.
Memorials can be given in memory of Butch to the American Cancer Society and Heartland Hospice.
C. Schneider :
An edited email from Carl Seelhoff to
.... It seems that our experiences
over the last 35 years have paralleled somewhat. I went into the Navy in 1964
and found myself in Viet Nam off and on between 1966 and 1968 and eventually
finished my tour in Pocatello Idaho as an instructor at the nuclear reactor
training facility. Went to college at ISU and got my BA and a year of graduate
studies and went back into the USMC as an officer for a couple of years. We
bounced around the country for a while and I ended back in Pocatello as an
operations guy with a semi conductor fabrication facility for nearly 9 years. I
had an offer to be an operations manager with Hughes in Carlsbad so we uprooted
again. I left there in 1989. Josh was the only kid still at home and he went to
HS here in Bozeman. I started my own boat fabrication business (fiberglass
I find it interesting to here you are in a technical and engineering field and started that trip at school in Utah. I have friends in Kalispell and as a matter of fact the fellow that bought my business is a pilot and stores his plane at the facility you worked.
Montana is changing fast, especially
in Bozeman, Missoula, and Kalispell, due to growth and the influence of big
money. Too bad.
Well, keep in touch and if you're
looking for an operations manager keep me in mind.
Kay Sepos :
memory of Bob Sharick was when (at least I think it was Bob), on the way to
school one morning, he ran off the road or hit something, put his head in or
through the windshield of his '50 Chevy and did some serious injury to his ears.
It's probably the bandages I remember when he returned to school.
L. Sharich :
staying late at school for some reason, I ended up hitchhiking home on the night
of the Junior/Senior Prom and was picked up by Tom and Bill Shauger. They were
driving around looking for something to do and rather than go home, I decided to
ride along with them for a while. After searching for some excitement for a few
hours and finding none, we drove back to Meridian to see what would happen if we
tried to crash the prom.
was near the end of the prom when we got there and even though we were not
dressed up or ac
finally had no choice but to leave so I started off hiking home again. I felt
lucky when a couple in an old Plymouth sedan stopped to pick me up not too far
down the road from the school. I slid into the passenger seat next to the girl
and within seconds of closing the door, began to feel very un
Allen Smith :
else said Johnny Cash but I thought that Morgan Smith  was an Elvis Presley
look-alike before Elvis was a star (or maybe Elvis was a Morgan Smith look-alike
and didn't know it).
D. Thomas :
L. Throop :
K. Watts :
A. Wilson :
don't remember much about Lynn Valentine  except the name and the face. I
have a picture of him at the 35th class reunion that I got from Gail Getgood.
Van Wormer :
was with Walter Van Wormer  in Boy Scouts but, other than his picture in the
yearbook, I have no memory of him in high school.
impression of Dawn Varner is that she was very pretty and she knew it. It was
probably just a poor perception on my part but I always thought of her as a
little "stuck up".
think I met Mary Varner when she was still in Junior High. We had a couple of
dates and went steady for a little while until I started to get some harassment
from a few of my friends for "robbing the cradle". I still liked her a lot and don't know
what excuse I used to break up but I know I hurt her feelings. I wasn't to learn
until later how really bad it sometimes felt when someone didn't want to be with
admit it, I was a chewing gum addict. Not as bad as smoking perhaps but when
you've got a habit you'll feed it whenever, wherever and however you can. I had
it bad and could smell a pack of Doublemint in a pocket or purse as soon as
someone walked into a room with it. I was probably a merciless chewing gum
borrower and Pat Varner didn't have a chance because she was trapped in that
class with me and there was nothing she could do to keep me from begging and
pleading for her last stick. Doublemint, Spearmint or Juicyfruit, I didn't care.
I would chew anything. Even as a last resort... Dentine.
Pat was so often a target of my relentless desire to 'double my pleasure' I
wasn't totally without feelings for her. There were many times I offered to pay
her back but, for some reason, she was reluctant to take it back after I'd
chewed it for awhile. I even offered to wash it off first but she chose to
suffer in silence until I handed her my yearbook and she wrote:
I think I will get you a whole
great big box of gum for
graduation. How would you
like that? Then you could
chew and chew and chew.
Good luck and don't miss us
too much next year.
way I remember Cheryl Walter is as one of Connie Williams' best friends. It
seems like they were almost always together in school.
Walter was tall and pretty and I think that she and Prudy Howard were together a
lot as friends.
K. Watts :
only remember Marilyn Wetherall as Leslie's sister.
Mae Yates :
remember Joe Zilincek mostly from gym class I guess, because he always seemed
bouncy and hyper. I thought it odd
that he had a habit of walking sort of on the balls of his feet as if he had
eggs under his heels. I don't know why I remember that.
was really cute but I don't remember talking to her much at school. One summer
night Francis Grove I asked her to dance a slow dance and got a big surprise.
Not too long after we started dancing tried to hold her a little closer and, to
my surprise and delight, she sort of melted into me. We were so close that I
could even feel her heart pounding a little and was impressed with myself for
having such an impression on her. Of course, it could have been my ego and it
was just my own heart pounding but, at this point in my life, I'd rather think
I was riding home with someone else so I couldn't take advantage of the
situation at the time so, being the opportunist that I was, I asked to take her
to the movies on a following night and she said OK.
the drive in, although being the stereotypical male and only thinking of one
thing, I managed to control myself until the middle of the movie when I
nonchalantly turned to face her and gave her a big juicy kiss. Obviously not
nearly as impressed with my kiss as with our previous heart pounding, heavy
breathing slow dance, she got stiff as a board and I might as well have been
kissing the back of the car seat.
was a pretty awkward situation and I had no idea what to do or say. I don't
remember what she said about my kiss but after that she slid over to her side of
the car and we watched the rest of the movie pretty much in silence. When I
dropped her off, she thanked me for the movie and I got a polite goodbye. I
don't remember if I saw her again after that.
about the guys that I knew in high school was easy but when I tried to write
about the girls, I kept running into the same obstacle over and over again.
Connie Williams. After Connie, most of what I did or didn't do with this girl or
that girl seemed to be affected by my feelings for her.
wasn't the first girl I dated at Meridian but she was the first girl in my life
who, whenever I saw or thought about her, took my breath away, made my heart
race, made my palms sweat and made me lose my appetite and all of those other
wonderful and terrible things that happen to you when you are "in
love". For that and other
reasons, I've moved Connie to the last part of my story about the kids I know.
School Life: The Kids at Meridian High, A-F (Music may play, have volume control ready... ;-)
School Life: The Kids at Meridian High, G-L (Music may play, have volume control ready... ;-)
School Life: The Kids at Meridian High, M-R (Music may play, have volume control ready... ;-)