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08/19/19 10:00 PM #8817    

 

Janet Browne (Rose)

Lana: I went to the 9th grade Snowflake with Mitch.  Seems like they moved away very soon after that.., maybe even Christmas break.  He had a younger sister but I don’t remember her name.  There is an obit from 2012 for a Mitch Whaley from Calloway, born in 1951, but I don’t know if it is our classmate.


08/25/19 07:53 PM #8818    

 

Gary Day

Thanks class of 1969 for the Certificate of Honor placed on me and the other veterans for our military service. I just received it in the mail today.

Two  things stands out most when I was in basic training. That is the bayonette and everything you had to respond to had to be shouted to the top of your lungs.. The drill seargents would ask us "what is the spirit of the bayonette!"? Our response was "To kill, drill seargent, TO KILL!!!

 It is very nice to get recognition after so many years. It was my honor to go to Germany and be a breakdown recovery specialist for a commercial transportation company. Thankfuly,  I never had to kill anyone.

Very best regards, 69'ers,

Gary Day 

 


08/26/19 01:10 PM #8819    

 

Barb Franz (Meyer)

Gary, so glad you received certificate. Than you for your service and welcome home.I always enjoy hearing a veteran's story. Thanks again, Barb F M

08/27/19 03:35 PM #8820    

 

Susan Reiber (Holt)

Sorry this is so late, but it does not take away from the gratitude I feel for all the Veterans who were honored at the reunion. I knew the names of some of you, but thanks to our classmates, who pulled this altogether, we could recognize all of you! I will never forget the lottery, sitting with my sweetheart, and hearing his number as the 7th one called. I will always be thankful and in awe of my friends that served!    Also, many thanks to those of you who once again gave us an unforgettable time!  I had so much fun, but I can't believe how many classmates I didnt get to spend time with! I'm looking forward to the 55th!  I dont know how much help can be done long distance, but count me in if you can find a job for me.  I will treasure each and every minute I got to spend with my awesome classmates! The class of 69 is like no other!

 

 


08/28/19 11:07 AM #8821    

 

Martha Rivero (Helton)

Well said Susie. Wally and I can’t wait for the next one. Barb Meyer is who Honored our veteran classmates. It was touching, wonderful and well deserved πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ We thank them ALL for their service. Also agree our only regret was not visiting with more...although catching up does take some time πŸ˜‚ ...After visiting my cousins in Omaha we got to see the devastation  from the floods on our farmersπŸ’” I was brought to tears and broken hearted.  We pray somehow, someway that Nebraska Stong mentality get them through..... SEE YOU ALL IN 5! Can’t waitβ€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

 

 

 

 

 


08/29/19 05:45 PM #8822    

 

Wayne Garrelts

Susie and Martha, thank you, joining the Navy was one of the best things I ever did, I was not a hero but was proud for serving my country. Never regretted it. And a huge thanks to Monte and Barb for all the hard work they did for the presentation. It was very moving for me and all the others would agree. Sorry I didn't get around to talking to you two more, plus some others. A great reunion.


08/29/19 09:14 PM #8823    

 

Nancy Rogers (Williams)

Thank you to all our classmates who served us and our country so bravely and patriotically.  I’m so happy Barb and Monte honored them.  We are grateful.


08/30/19 09:25 AM #8824    

 

Candi Imming

I think I have received all of the reunion pictures available for sharing.  I will add any recent pictures of you that you would like to share, in case you were at the reunion but had no picture,  or you were not at the reunion but would like to share “ I am still alive and kicking” image.  All would be appreciated and you have creative control.


08/31/19 08:01 AM #8825    

 

Gary Day

High school graduation. Time to choose a path. Everything was new out there and what had I learned to become self-sufficient. To me it was get out of town and the military presented an opportunity, All I had to do was two years time and  whatever they wanted me to do. Yes, I was prepared for Viet Nam. But! If that was what my country wanted and apparently needed I could pay the ultimate price and there would be no more time. That is going to happen anyway.

I saw the benefits a person like myself could advantage from being a proud American. First, was the privelage to serve and the rest would be a lifetime of great benefits. Our country takes care of it's veterans and that could be why we are so strong. 

Writing this, now, is making me well-up inside with  pride of country. It is like the pride we "class of '69 share, too.

As a group we played a particular part in the schemes of that time. Rowdy or not we were there to present ourselves to prepare for whatever was ahead of us.  What we all did afterwards as countrymen was go off and build a good life and live the dream. It was there for the taking.

Steave Eatherton once told me "life is good". So simple, but saying it and seeing his face as he said it I knew Steve was as self-actualized person I have ever known,  Mike Blocker got me recruited to cast a concrete memorial some of you may rememer in Steve's honor. It was perfect because I was one of Steve's many friends. In fact if Steve knew you...you were his friend,

Many of us has recognized that by knowing someone like Steve you could take on his persona in feeling good and being truly happy. That was Steve and maybe also why so many of us respect his memory. His spirit lives on.

We are in our golden years now.  I wish everybody out there in "class of '69 land and spirit " god bless.

PS: Wayne, You said something like 'military was the best thing you ever did'. I'll bet you would do it again, I know I would too. That kind of experience sticks with you, buddy! 

 


09/02/19 09:21 AM #8826    

 

Gary Day

I was new and headed back to my barracks from company supply. This is in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. This Lieutenant was about to pass me by and I was thinking I will get my ass chewed for not saluting him, but I had never saluted before. So, I just acted like I knew what I was doing and saluted him and smiled and said good morning, sir. He challenged me immediately and asked me if I was disrespecting him!  I said "oh my god... no . Then he left me alone going on his way. In general it was like that to start and got easier towards the end. Apparently to be a fighting man you need to be really mean. Like kill people mean.

This picture is on the rifle range with me and that 1st Lieutenant. He wanted his shot posing with me. I felt like he wanted to show me it was ok.

Does anybody agree I look like a killler, not. Those were the days January , February and March, 1970.

 


09/17/19 06:16 PM #8827    

 

Gary Day

I ramble on...do not know if I am boring...and do not care. This honor of having served stimulates my memory of what happened then. May I share?

Nope, aint notin makes me more prowder. To be a real American a serving my country, but, for Viet Nam. Least we forget what happened there I have to talk about the elephant in the room.

When I came home I was disrespected. My favorite reaction when I told a prospective employer, happily, " just got  out of the Army, sir". Their eyes always went to my shoes. The army taught me to keep them highly polished. 

You know, I'm sorry if I havent been the best person in our class and certainly not popular in the sense I hung out with the wild side. I get it.

Don't get me wrong, fellow classmates, memories have a way of being. You are really the only ones with whom I can truly identify those formative years in kearney High School CLASS OF 69!!! YEAH!

Best


09/17/19 07:12 PM #8828    

 

Gary Day

Anybody go to Woodstock?


09/18/19 12:25 PM #8829    

 

Martha Rivero (Helton)

 

Gary Day,

First thank you for your service...I’ve enjoyed reading your memories of those times and of  our class mates.  

I cannot begin to express my love for this country.  The list would be never ending, but at the top of the list would be our eternal thanks for providing me and my family a home when we had to flee ours. Followed next by the appreciation to those that fight every day for our freedoms... like you (our veterans).  When you lose your freedom like  my family did that appreciation and respect is something that will never be forgotten. The older I get the more precious my freedom becomes.

 So, thank you again to ALL those that have served...

Forever thankful and never forgotten,

Martha Rivero Helton β€οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’™


09/18/19 06:58 PM #8830    

Douglas Milo Thunberg

All KHS 69 Rowdies, Many thanks for the T-Shirt. I recognized most of the classmate names. I'm elevated to be affiliated with such tight knit classmates after 50 years. John 15: 1,10 , Eph 2: 8,9 , Mat 5: 14-16 , James 1: 2-4 Love One Another, Douglas "Mighty Milo" Thunberg

 

 


10/02/19 06:27 AM #8831    

 

Gary Day

Martha,

Thank you for your kind words. I do remember hearing something about your experience coming to Kearney from Cuba, was it? That would be nice to hear a little more about. Fleeing a dictatorship had to be a desparate situation, but, living free is really what it is all about.

My stories bring more of the events I experienced while being there, in particular military lifestyle. As I arrived in Manheim Germany and was assigned to my company there in the city I took up with a bunch of new friends and went to see the movie M.A.S.H.  How appropriate was that!  Satire like that and Catch 22 are my alltime favorites.

Anyway, you are right. It is every military veteran as well as those serving today that makes us feel safe. Glad you and your family made it out.

Gary


10/06/19 02:39 PM #8832    

 

Gary Day

By the way, Mike Blocher. Sorry I mispelled your name. earlier. If there are three steadies in this gluing together thing we have it is from you, Gary Paine and Brownie. Thanks for what you all do. Girls, you know who your are, thanks also.


11/22/19 10:09 AM #8833    

 

Bob Elliott

Prayers for the Foote Family.  Cindy has been hospitlized in Lincoln due to a serious blood clot situation.  There is more information on the 1970 website (you can login with KHS1969).  It appears that her treatments have been successful and she may go home as early as Saturday.  Fingers crossed.


11/23/19 01:17 PM #8834    

 

Terry Christlieb

Sorry to hear of that, but glad that the doctors were able to treat her successfully.  Praying for Jerry, Cindy and the family.


11/24/19 04:57 PM #8835    

Jerry Foote

 

 

 

Thanks for the kind thoughts and prayers. Cindy is home and doing well, it was scary for a few days, but 3procedures later the clot was nullified. Still has several small clots in her longs but the Dr. Thinks the blood thinners will treat them effectively. We need to take it slow and monitor her closely. Thank God we made to Lincoln when we did, the outcome could have been tragically different....JF

 

 

 


11/24/19 04:58 PM #8836    

Jerry Foote

 

 

 

Thanks for the kind thoughts and prayers. Cindy is home and doing well, it was scary for a few days, but 3procedures later the clot was nullified. Still has several small clots in her longs but the Dr. Thinks the blood thinners will treat them effectively. We need to take it slow and monitor her closely. Thank God we made to Lincoln when we did, the outcome could have been tragically different....JF

 

 

 


11/24/19 04:58 PM #8837    

Jerry Foote

 

 

 

Thanks for the kind thoughts and prayers. Cindy is home and doing well, it was scary for a few days, but 3procedures later the clot was nullified. Still has several small clots in her longs but the Dr. Thinks the blood thinners will treat them effectively. We need to take it slow and monitor her closely. Thank God we made to Lincoln when we did, the outcome could have been tragically different....JF

 

 

 


11/25/19 08:09 AM #8838    

 

Janet Browne (Rose)

Thanks for letting us know she is recovering from that scare.  A blessing in this Thanksgiving season.  


11/25/19 09:07 AM #8839    

 

Barb Franz (Meyer)

So fortunate you got Cindy help. Larry's brother had knee surgery September. When finally went ER rushed to Lincoln where 12 clots in lung. Dr told him may live or die. Like Cindy, got them reduced. I was on blood thinners post surgery, hated them,but after that situation I made sure I took all on time. This has got to be so scary for your family, glad Cindy is doing better. Medicine has made great progress in stroke prevention, so happy she will be ok.

11/25/19 09:17 AM #8840    

 

Mary McKinney (Kommers)

Totally agree with Janet...Cindy's improvement provides great reasons for an extra wonderful Thanksgiving...give her our best!


11/26/19 02:06 PM #8841    

 

Martha Rivero (Helton)

What wonderful news that Cindy is home. Such a blessing...


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