Lawrenceburg HS Class of 1952

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on record as still living, 33 as Deceased or Lost - 08/28/2022

Gary Butler GARY BUTLER

But jest ' fore Christmas 
I'm as good as I kin he.

Basketball 1, 2; Football 1, 2, 3; Biology Club 1.- 2, 3, 4; Dramatics 1, 2; Hi Y 1, 2, 3, 4; Class Officer 2; Lettermen's Club 3; L Hi -,News

Per Gus Cook, Gary still lives in the Lawrenceburg area - March, 2015

Kay Claibourn

KAY CLAIBOURN (ERDMAN)
Maitland, Florida

I am the master of my fate:'
I am the captain of my soul.

GAA 1, 2, 3, 4; Latin Choir 2; Tri Hi Y 4; Annual Staff 3, 4; L Hi News 3, 4; Honor Group 1, 2, 3; Class Officer 2; Thespians 3, 4; Class Play 3.


I can't believe I'm one of only 20 classmates left!  Seems like eons ago we were all starting out on our journey to notoriety.  I'm still on the journey except I'm not as enthusiastic now.  So far Bill and I have escaped the COVID scourge.  Hope all is well with anyone that reads this far. - February, 2022.


My thanks to Gus Cook and his frequent updates.  It is nice to hear from our Classmates occasionally.  Bill and I are behaving ourselves as we hide from COVID-19 behind masks and vaccines.  We did spend the 4th in Michigan celebrating a granddaughter's wedding.  It was great getting away from home but could have done without the airline hassle.  Have noticed that we are slowing down a wee bit - I'm having a slight mobility problem but still manage to teach Sunday classes via Zoom every week.  You all stay healthy - July 2021.


I'm like the Energizer Bunny, still active and happy with life.  Husband, Bill, and I are still traveling the country side visiting kids and grandkids (CA, MI. NC. TX).  Latest trip was a camping (Tent), biking (Bicycle) driving (Hit 225,000 miles on our van) out West.  We are slower now but enjoying life more. - 2015


Kay Claibourn ErdmanGraduated from Franklin College, BS in Medical Technology, Magna Cum Laude  Senior Lab Technologist, Ely Lilly & Company, Indianapolis

Married Bill Erdman and moved to Jackson, Michigan.  Had 4 children in 5 years - Karen, twins Dave & Don & Tom.

Moved to Maitland, Florida.  Have 7 grandchildren spread all over the country - California, Michigan, North Carolina and Washington state.

Enjoy traveling anywhere, any time.  Love the Lord 
February 2005

2016 - doing well after a knee replacement.  Not bike riding as much but still very active and in good health.

AUGUSTUS COOK

AUGUSTUS COOK

Deep in the man sets fast his fate, 
To mould his fortunes, mean or great. 

Football 1; Honor Group 3; Class Play 3; Hi Y 3, 4; Latin Choir 1, 2; Track 3; Dramatics 1, 2


Iím good, walk most days and take care of my home.  Have two sons / families nearby, 7 great grandchildren here and 12 in Indiana, Lawrenceburg, Warsaw and Spencer Indiana areas.  Gus - February 2022


Gus lost his wonderful wife, Carole, this January, 2018.


Iíve had two wonderful wives, five sons ( one passed in 2013 ), nine grandchildren ( one boy) and so far 18 great grandchildren.  Have two sons and wives very near, with three grand daughters and husbands and six grandchildren also close.  I still get lonesome but have a crazy cat, big home on a beautiful 30 acre lake that the neighborhood shares, and adequate funds for an old tightwad.  Very fortunate to have good health, walk 2 miles on nearby streets about every day.  Enjoy my iPad and my yard.  Gus - July (2) 2021


Last month I was in Lawrenceburg and in talking to Bud Stryker found out that Wanita Meyer had passed a few years ago, he lives near her old home on Ludlow Hill.  I believe that Tom Walter and Eddie Dolan* are still alive, think both live in Ohio, separate towns but canít be certain. 

I am well, try to walk 2 miles every day to keep going, weigh about 155, lot lighter than use to.  Now have 18 great grandchildren, 6 girls, 12 boys.  Three are Cooks, two of these adopted, girl and boy, the last little girl is the youngest is my grandsonís and his lovely wife, she is named after my first wife, Natalie.  Thatís all.  Gus - July (1) 2021

Gus, I'm not sure about "Tom" as I remember him as "Albert."


"Gus" is still alive and kicking as he sends me obituaries every so often however he never sends updates on his life.


Carol and I are retired, living in Georgia on a 30 acre lake north of Marrietta.   If you drive up I-75 north of Atlanta, we are only a short distance off the highway.  I retired in 1992.   Kay, March 2015


Gus CookLife has been pretty tough the past two plus years - my wife passed on in November after being very seriously ill for two years.

I graduated from Purdue in Engineering in 1956.  I worked in the atomic energy field early, then with Schenley distillers for a few years.  I worked for Chevron Corp for almost 25 years before retiring in 1992.

We have 5 sons and 9 grandchildren.  Last month I purchased a small house on  Probasco St. in Greendale and plan on spending time there, closer to my Indiana grandchildren.  

I have "doctored" up a picture taken about 2 plus years ago.
April 2002

Click here for the rest of the story: CAROLE METZ

CECILIA DENNIS

CECILIA DENNIS

Hail to thee, blithe spirit. 

Band 1, 2, 3, 4; Latin Choir 1, 2; Majorette 1, 2, 3, 4; GAA 1, 2, 3, 4; L Hi News 3, 4; Annual Staff 3, 4; Thespians 3, 4; Tri Hi Y 1, 2; Dramatics 1, 2.

Per Gus Cook, Cecilia was at the 50th reunion and he believe she is still with us - March 2015

GENE GOMPF

GENE GOMPF

Of all the good gifts the Lord lets fall, 
Is not silence the best of
all? 

FFA 3, 4; Annual Staff 3; L Hi News 1.


Per Judith Hisgen, Gene is still lining in Fort Wayne, IN - June 2018.


I was married to Carolyn Schimdt (from hated Aurora) in 1955.  We have two daughters, four grandchildren and one great grand son.

I retired from American Electric Power (I&M) in 1996.  I keep busy by volunteering at several local organizations including Big Brothers / Big Sisters.  I also enjoy oil painting and keeping fit regularly at the YWCA.

As far as I know now we would be coming to the reunion, although there may be a schedule conflict.  Our grandson will be graduating from boot camp sometime in August at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and we would want to go to that. - June 2002

RUTH HAASE

RUTH HAASE (BROWN)

Beauty I is I its own excuse for being.

Band 1, 2, 3, 4; Class Play 3; Tri Hi Y 1, 2, 3, 4; Thespians 3, 4; L Hi News 3, 4; Class Officer 1; Orchestra 1, 2, 4; Honor Group 1, 2, 3; Latin Choir 1, 2.

Ruth responded but doesn't plan to come to the reunion. - 2002  

JUDITH HISGEN

JUDITH HISGEN (MacDOUGALL)

To hear her sing, to hear her sing 
Is to hear the birds of spring.

Annual Staff 3, 4; L Hi News 3, 4; Thespians 3, 4; Cheerleader 2, 3, 4; Class Play 3.

From Cincinnati, Judith writes:  I forgot where I left off with my last news from 2002.  My husband, George, died in 2013.  I have been living alone with my significant other, Bella.  She is a Maltese (about 20 pounds).  She is quirky, but I love her.  She keeps me company.

I stopped working when I was 70 years old.  I had numerous jobs as an RN.  Too numerous to count.  Since retirement, I moved from Cincinnati to Florida and back to Cincinnati.  Florida had too many snakes and bugs for my taste.  I, presently, live in a typical ranch in the Eastgate area of Clermont County.  The yard work is too much for me, so I am planning to move to a condo.  I am not yet ready for an extended care facility.  I live approximately 15 minutes from my daughter, my son, my 3 children, my 5 grandchildren, and my 8 great-grandchildren.

I have spoken with Margie (Schmidt) Smith.  Her sister married Gene Gompf.  They live in Ft. Wayne, IN.

Guess that's enough for now. - June 2018


I graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1955.   I was married to Val Jacobs for 16 years.  We had 3 kids, Todd, Valerie, and Tiffany.  Unfortunately, Tiffany died in 1985. 

I married my second husband, George MacDougall 21 years ago.  He is retired from national sales for the paper industry.  He knows no such thing as being a beer drinking TV hound.  He is always busy. 

I graduated from Thomas More College in 1981.  I am still working (about half time) as a medical case manager for Worker's Comp cases in KY.  I am not a very good sitter, so working suits my life style.  My 2 children and 5 grandchildren live about 15 minutes from me, so I see them often. 

Have lots of reliving at the reunion.  I will probably be able to attend the school tour. - August 2002

SHIRLEY KINZER

SHIRLEY KINZER (KARG)

I have the knowledge to be true; 
My faith could obstacles remove.

GAA 3, 4; Biology Club 1; L Hi News 4; Annual Staff 4; Class Play Usher 3; Honor Group 1, 2, 3; FBLA 3.

Per Gus Cook, Shirley still lives in the Lawrenceburg area - March, 2015

WANITA MEYER

WANITA MEYER (GRESHAM)

I will not have a single person 
Slighted or left away.

Latin Choir 1, 2; Class Play Prompter 3; Honor Group 1; Class Officer 1, 3, 4; Cheerleader 2, 3, 4.

Per Gus Cook, Wanita was at the 50th reunion and he believe she is still with us - March 2015

JANE MILLER

JANE MILLER (SCHORR)

If I can stop one heart from breaking 
I shall not have lived in vain. 

Tri Hi Y 2, 3, 4; Band 1, 2, 3, 4; Orchestra 1, 2; Honor Group 1, 2, 3; Class Play 3; Thespians 3, 4; GAA 1; Latin Choir 1, 2; L Hi News 4.

Jane Miller Schorr Remembers

I met Jim Orientation Week my freshman year at Purdue. He was there early with roommate, Jack Runyan, for basketball practice.  Jim had his Dadís car there for the week.  Jim said to Jack, "Isnít that girl from Lawrenceburg?"  They stopped and offered us a ride to our dorm and that was the beginning of what is now fifty years together.

We have four children.  Our only daughter, Jenny, is married and has a daughter.  They live in Ft Lauderdale.  Our oldest son, Dan, is married and has three daughters.  They live in Atlanta.  Our son, Andrew, is a bachelor and lives in Chicago.  Our youngest son, Tom, is married and has our only grandson.  They live in Charlotte, NC.

All of the adults in the family have gone to Purdue except son-in-law Brad who went to Indiana.

We have moved many times in our married life, starting in Bloomington, Indiana, for graduate business school for Jim; beautiful Anniston, Alabama, for ROTC Army duty; in and out of Midland, MI for Dow Chemical; to the Netherlands and Miami, Fl.  Our last move was in 1981 when we went to Barr, IL, where we now live May to November and the rest of the year in Naples, FL.

My hobbies are flower gardening, orchid growing and travel.

Special thanks to those who organized the reunion.  It was great to see all of you again after all these years. - Circa 2002

DOUGLAS NEHLS

DOUGLAS NEHLS

I would be friend to all, the foe, the friendless.

Biology Club 1; Basketball 1, 2; Hi Y 2, 3, 4; Latin Choir 1, 2.

Per Gus Cook, Doug was heard from sometime in the past 10 years - March, 2015

MARY OELKER

MARY OELKER (JARVIS)

Her heart knows not of sorrow
Nor the vaguest faint of sin.

FBLA 3; Class Play Crew 3.

Per Gus Cook, Mary still lives in the Lawrenceburg area - March, 2015

DONALD RHODES

DONALD RHODES

He is a most rare scholar. 

Biology Club 1, 2; FBLA 3.

After graduation I worked for the Lawrenceburg Press until Mar 1953 when George Weamire and I joined the Air Force.  After four years I returned to Lawrenceburg expecting to spend the rest of my life there but was unable to find a job so in Sept 1957, I reenlisted and spent the next 22 years in the AF. 

Didn't want to endure any more winters so I retired to Mesa Arizona in Sept 1979 and have been here ever since.  Married Ethel Marie Mendell from Aurora in Dec 1957, we had 3 boys and are still together.  Have visited 13 foreign countries and 45 states but got tired of travelling so just stay close to home now.  Have worked for the Postal Service since Sept 1981 and have no desire to retire.  That's about all.  Don Ė March 2015


Don Rhodes, writes from Mesa, Az:  KayI may be wrong but I think John Vinson (we knew as Jack) died in Texas in 2003.  Don - May 2015


Per Gus Cook, Don was at the 50th reunion and he believe he is still with us - March 2015

DONALD RILEY

DONALD RILEY

His work its own reward shall be.

Transferred from Hamilton 3; FFA 3, 4.

Per Gus Cook, Don was heard from sometime in the past 10 years - March, 2015

YVONNE RUNYAN

YVONNE RUNYAN (BREYLEY)

A perfect woman, nobly planned 
To warm, to comfort and command.

Tri Hi Y 1, 2, 3, 4; L Hi News 3, 4; Annual Staff 3, 4; Thespians 3, 4; Honor Group 1, 2, 3; Class Play 3.


Yvonneís husband, Don Breyley, 84, passed away at his residence on Thursday, January 4, 2018.


1956 - Graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Worked 2 years in a Cincinnati hospital

1958 - Married at Zion Church in Lawrenceburg, IN.   Moved to Colorado Springs, CO, while husband completed tour of duty in Air Force.  Accepted a head nurse position at a hospital near the base.

1960 - Returned to Cincinnati after husband's discharge from Air Force.  Lived there for 26 years.  Had 2 children, Jeff and Martha.  Worked part-time during children's formative years,  Otherwise, worked full time.

1987 - Moved to Ft. Mitchell, KY, and remain there.

1996 - Retired from nursing career, only to return in a year to work 4 more years part-time before final retirement.  Keep busy with church, home, family, friends, reading, some traveling, and minimal gardening.

Have 3 living grandsons, ages 9, 8, and 4. + Oldest grandson, at age 13, died last fall following an auto accident involving his family and a semi,  We're all still grieving, but our faith, family, and friends keep us strong!

Sorry some of you could not attend the 50th. (maybe we'll see you at the 60th.!) The committee was successful at making the reunion a memorable occasion.  Thanks to all of you.  It's great to keep in touch! - Circa 2002

ELEANOR STEPHENS

ELEANOR STEPHENS

I will tarry and serve you as best I can.

Band 1, 2, 3, 4; Tri Hi Y 1, 2, 3; GAA 1, 2, 3, 4; FBLA 3; Annual Staff 3, 4; L Hi News 3, 4; Biology Club 1; Class Play Crew 3; Orchestra 1, 2, 4.

Per Gus Cook, Eleanor still lives in the Lawrenceburg area - March, 2015

WILLIAM STEVENS

WILLIAM STEVENS

In men whom men condemn as ill 
I find so much of goodness still.

Per Gus Cook, Bill was at the 50th reunion and he believe he is still with us - March 2015

LOUIS TSCHAENN

LOUIS TSCHAENN

A man before myself - typical before all.

Band 1, 2, 3, 4; Biology Ch 1, 2; Dramatics 1; Class Play Latin Choir 1, 2.

Per Gus Cook, Louis was heard from sometime in the past 10 years - March, 2015

JOHN VINSON

JOHN VINSON

I count this to be grandly true; 
That a noble deed is a step wards God.

Football 3; L Hi News 4; Hi Y

On the class website I noticed John (Jack) Vinson was listed as missing.  I just talked to his sister-in-law who informed me that he is living in Mesqite, Texas. She didn't have a current address as he just lost his wife and is in the process of moving.  She said as soon as she hears from him she would have him call me and I will forward the information for the web.  If you are interested, his brother Simeon, lives in Aurora, telephone is 812-926-0362.  Don Rhodes - April 2002

THOMAS WALTER

THOMAS WALTER

When it looks like all is up, 
Keep a' goin'.

Student Manager 1, 2, 3, 4; Class Officer 1, 3, 4; Hi Y 2, 3, 4; Biology Club 2.

Looking forward to seeing old friends at our 50th reunion.  For an update on me, I married high school sweetheart, Shirley Lawrence in March, 2001, living in Greendale.  I have four kids, five grandkids.  Retired in '95 and live for golf and the Hoosiers! - June 2002

GEORGE WEAMIRE

GEORGE WEAMIRE

I to manhood am so arrived so neat'. 

Biology 1; Latin Choir 1.

George Weamire, Whittier, Alaska, writes:  1971 Married!  980 Retired after 26 years in the USAF.  1985 graduated Augustan College in Sioux Falls S.D.  1988 Moved to Alaska.  We have 3 boys,2 girls and 5 grandchildren.  -  June 2011

The following Classmates have not been heard from for over 16 years.  As of January 2019 they will be listed as "Deceased" unless I hear otherwise.

I will be more than happy to put them back into the "Active Classmates" category if I receive any news concerning them.

Revised: August 28, 2022

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