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Karen Littlepage (Thomas)
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August 14, 1944 Retired Teacher/Office Manager Married 2 Student Council Store Mrs. Knutson, Mr. Ellis, Mrs. Blum Pot Lucks and Poster Parties
     After graduation I attended CSC and met Bob, my husband of 49 years.  We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
    I went back to UNC at the age of 29 and completed my BA in Elementary Education and MA in Gifted Education.  I taught K-12 gifted classes for 17 years and 4th and 5th grade for 8 years, was an instructor of education courses at the university and for the district, retired, counsulted with a private school,  and am now working as an Office Manager, CADD person, and sometimes instrument person in my husband, Bob's, land surveying business.
     We love to go to all the sports and musical events that our grandchildren are in and get out on the golf course when we have a chance.  Our favorite destinations at this point in our lives are Las Vegas and Hawaii.  If and when we retire we plan on taking a road trip back east.
     I am "really" looking forward to the 50th! 

      One of my fondest memories is of working in the school store.  I had the chance to meet and laugh with each class member who stopped to buy or visit each day.  I also remember being student council secretary when Frank Klepetko was president.  Frank left town the day the pop machine was shut down.  We had a meeting that afternoon that I had to oversee and I was panicked about this event.  I visited with Mr. Mitchell so I could present the facts.  I was so intimidated by our Dean of Boys. This really nice man became the superintendent of Greeley schools when I taught.  We had great memories that we shared about WHS.
        My dad died on the first day of Junior High.  I had many teachers who helped me through the tough times. During high school Mrs. Blum was the driving force giving me the confidence to move on to college and know that I could do whatever I set as a goal.  Thank you Mrs. Blum!  
         Our Pep Club and other friends had great fun at our poster making parties (pot lucks) and at the games.  I hope our cheering helped our men win those games and matches.

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Tim Kellond
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August 08, 1944 Retired Retail Operations Mgr Denver Broncos Married 2
 I attended CU in Denver for two years but didn’t earn a degree.  There was some confusion about my grade point average and they suggested that I might want to try again later on in life.  I went to work at the old Denver Dry Goods, became a buyer, met my future wife Wendy who was also a buyer and stayed there for seven or 8 years.  We got married in 1975 and in 1976 I went to work for one of my vendors.  I worked my way up to a VP position and stayed with them for over 21 years.  I flew somewhere about 3 out of every 4 weeks.  Flying got old.  The last nine years of my career I worked for the Denver Broncos as their retail operations manager.  I retired from the Broncos in 2010.  In 1983 we had our son Matt who is now a public defense attorney in Grand Junction.  We’re very proud of him.  I also have a daughter that I did not even know existed until I received a registered letter from her in 1998 (it was a great letter and it was a lightning bolt).  My daughter Lara was born in1969 (well before I met my wife).  Lara’s mother did not tell her who I was until 1997.  Lara waited a year to send the letter and in it asked me to call her.  I did right away and we met the following week.  She was 31 years old, married and both she and her husband were/are CPAs.  She has since had 3 children and we see them all of the time.  We have a great relationship and my wife has been wonderful with the whole situation.  Whew!!  Wendy is still working and traveling but we want to start taking trips for pleasure soon.  Traveling by train is appealing to me.  Any suggestions would be welcome.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.  Send Tim a MessageSend Tim a Message
Mike Kelley
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October 08, 1944 Retired Married 2

It took me 10 years in college with multiple majors to decide what career I wanted. During that time I was a ski instructor and racing coach. I then started as a real estate appraiser and my last full time job was as national chief appraiser for Mellon Mortgage.

I married my wife (MaryKay) 41 years ago and we had 2 sons (ages 37 & 41). We also have a grand daughter & a grandson.

About 7 years ago, I retired and moved to Silverthorne. I am a referee for the Summit County Board of Equalization (Property Tax Appeals), I still teach skiing & real estate appraisal classes. I also enjoy skiing, scuba diving, bikiing, hiking, and playing with the corvette.

About 6 1/2 years ago I got stage 4 melonoma. I had surgery and several experimental drugs. The last drug put me near death 3.5 years ago. However, I just found out on 06/06/11 that I do not have cancer any more. 

I am looking forward to the 50th reunion. 

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Dave Blevins
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December 22, 1944 Retired IT Married 2
Still living in Denver with my wife Melanie and Daughter (an Acupuncturist) and Son along with 2 grandsons (one is half Balinese and one is half Japanese). I attended Western State College my first year after WHS (received the Freshman Honor Scholarship for highest GPA for the freshman class). I graduated 1966 from CU Boulder then joined the Marines as an Officer. I served at Khe Sanh Vietnam with the Artillery during the siege of Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive. The last year and a half in the Marines I was a Casuality Assistance Officer (Notifying next of Kin of wounded or killed Marines and giving the families support) in New York City. I then returned to Denver and worked for Empire Savings as a Branch Manager at Dillon. I earned a MBA in Finance and a second degree in IT while at Empire (VA and Empire paid). I then had various IT and Controller positions. I was director of IT for a few companies like The Farm Credit Bank in Englewood. I finished up the last 20 years in IT at CDOT. I now spend my time Golfing, Bowling, Traveling, Camping, RV’s, Skiing, Bridge, Reading and most of the time with the grandsons.
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Sarah Clifton ( Newland)
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December 15, 1943 retired Married 3 graduating Spanish teach-spoke Castillion Spanish-took the year before I could understand him! waiting for the bus in the cold
I transferred into Wheat Ridge 3 days before my senior year so not a lot of happy memories. I made one friend there [Sharon B.] and we're still in touch. I think it was shameful the way they treated their seniors: no access to library, closed campus, etc. Quite different than where I'd transferred from. Send Sarah a MessageSend Sarah a Message
Barbara Tanner (Hightower)
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May 02, 1944 homemaker, wife, mom & gram Married 3 Pot lucks with friends, Farmer's Barn after games Mr. Tipper, Miss Lynen Frosted Scotchman, Lakeside, Elitches, friends, horseback riding, Scott's baseball games,
I tried retail sales, banking, accounting, and conference call administration, but my first love was being home with our 2 daughters and 1 son, and being a wife and homemaker!  Scott and I, married now for 48 years, have 6 grandsons and have had a wonderful life!  We're anxious to see everyone at our 50th WRHS reunion (ugh, I can't believe it)!
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Harold Eason
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June 18, 1944 Retired. Married 2 Band and music theory (Larry Wallace), Student Exchange, Spanish Club and Trumpet Trio - Stars of Tomorrow winner Larry Wallace, Ernie McLean, Mary Ann Lynen, Larry McWilliams/Cruz Valenzuela, and especially Don Solem Marching Band &band parties, Farmers Barn, Frosted Scotchman, White Spot,
After WRHS, I attended CU and have a BS Electrical Engineering from Boulder. I married a Wheat Ridge girl; Diane Imes, Class of 65, and we have two daughters, Michelle and Jennifer. I went to work for the Rio Grande Railroad in the Signal Department after CU; I wore many different hats at D&RGW and attended CU Denver nights to get my MBA while working in the Engineering/ Maintenance of Way dept. Later Southern Pacific took over; still later, Union Pacific, who tried to move me to Omaha after 31 years. I declined, and went to work for Qwest Communications in the Right of Way department; Qwest in turn was bought by Centurylink; who involuntarily retired me after 14 years this February. I continue to play trumpet with Denver Concert Band (www.denverconcertband.org) and Swing, Inc. (www.swinginc.org) and enjoy Big Band Jazz especially. I love old cars and am re-restoring my black 1930 Ford coupe after 51 years and 90K miles. I currently drive my 1931 Ford Town Sedan; in addition I have 10 other cars, all unrestored retirement projects. My 2 daughters have 2 kids each, and being a grampa is what makes life worthwhile. Michelle is in Franktown, CO, Jennifer is in Ontario, OR; road trips are in order, and we plan our first vacation of retirement this September through the Canadian Rockes.
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Karen Jensen (Buck)
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December 09, 1943 Retired and loving it. Married 3
Went to Business school and College.  Worked as an accountant at several different businesses.  After getting married I was a stay at home Mom then went into the floral business and had my own flower shop for 20 years before retiring.   

Looking forward to the 50th (can you believe it).  Time flies when you are having fun.
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Dee Pendley
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January 26, 1944 retired Married
After HS I studied Engineering Physics for three years at the Univ. of Colorado. I became interested in Oceanography and transferred to an Ocean Engineering program at Florida Atlantic University. There I met and married my wife Kerry. After two years I graduated with a BS in OE.

I worked to six years as an Ocean Engineer. I did research in both the Atlantic and Pacific and lived in Florida, California, Hawaii, and Virginia. While living in Virginia, I felt a call to the ministry and left my job to enter seminary. After five years of seminary study I graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree. After a probationary period I was ordained a United Methodist Minister. I spent a 31-year ministry in four different churches in Virginia. During that period I had the privilege traveling widely outside the US. I particularly enjoyed work on an archeological dig in Israel.

In 2007 I retired to a home we built in a beautiful mountain valley about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C.

I stay busy with volunteer work: Teaching a regular Bible study, a little preaching and working as Vice-Chairman of our County Democratic Committee (very busy right now).

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Joyce (Bishop)
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April 06, 1944 anthropology professor Divorced Spanish club, music and theater events, football games, making movies with Buddy, David, and Diana Mr. McWilliams, Mrs. Tenney, Mrs. Newnam, Mr. Roberts driving around town with my friends

I live in Sacramento, California, and count myself fortunate to have a pleasant home next to the American River Parkway, a thirty-mile natural area host to deer, turkeys, coyotes, and the occasional rattle-snake, as well as dense standsof oak and cottonwoods that line the river.  I have spent many years riding the superb bike trail (one of the best in the country), walking the horse paths with my dogs, and watching the salmon that come up the river to spawn.  My job at CSU, Sacramento, is just twelve miles downstream, but I admit that I am not well organized enough to ride to class and get there on time!

My family moved to Sacramento in the summer of 1962; however, with a scholarship to DU, I stayed on in Colorado, adding a year in Mexico City and another in Bogota before joining the westward migration, along with my brothers and grandparents.  Long stints of teaching, study, and research abroad have punctuated my years in California, but family has always been an equal draw.  My former husband and I (Dan Calvert, WHS 58) moved to Sacramento from Morelia, Michoacan, in order to help raise his two youngest daughters as well as my brother Dick's young twins.  My parents, Vaughn and Joyce, lived to ripe old age; their home in Sacramento was an anchor for all the family.

Education was always my calling; by age eight I knew I wanted to master Spanish, if possible, as well as to learn everything I could about Mexico.  After teaching Jr. High and bilingual pre-school in a migrant labor camp, I headed for UC, Berkeley, where I took my Ph.D. in linguistics, folklore, and anthropology. I am an anthropology professor at CSUS, teaching linguistic and cultural anthropology as well as courses on Mexico and Latin America.  Retirement beckons, but, so far, not nearly so sweetly as do the students, whose energy and ethusiasm keep me young.     

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