Class of 1973

Let your classmates know what you are doing. Complete an online alumnote questionnaire. With your permission we will add it to this Web site and include it in the Bluffton magazine. 

Julia Szabo
Director of Alumni Engagement      
 

Class notes

 

Attending May Day?

Joe Alger
I retired from teaching in 2010 after 35 years. Most of my career I taught multi-handicapped students. Now I am back in the classroom as a substitute teacher. I also coached and refereed soccer for 20 years.
Sue and I have been married 46 years and have 4 sons, 1 granddaughter and 4 grandsons.
We live near Dunkirk, Ohio. We are active in our church and community. Previously with Hardin County Hospice and now with Love in the Name of Christ.

 

Yes

Jeraldine "Jerri" (Lucci) Banks
Enjoy family, especially my two-year-old twin granddaughters who live in Texas. Retired from career in education. Involved with the USTA (United States Tennis Association) as a midwest section chair of officials and as a tennis official. Recently retired from officiating high school volleyball. 

 

Yes 

ROBERT (BOB) BAXTER 
Married to Beverly for 46 years - 3 sons - 8 grandchildren. Retired from teaching after 35 years. Still coaching track. Officiated college volleyball for 40 years. Have traveled extensively - all Caribbean islands, Ireland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Norway, Russia, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, Hungary, Finland, Estonia, Mexico, Panama, Belize, Sweden, Turkey, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Canada, and 45 states. 

 

Not sure

CHARLIE DOEPKER
Retired in 1997 as First Sergeant/Enlisted Bandleader with over 22 years in the U.S. Army. The highlights of my career were during the eight years we lived in Germany. I was deployed during the First Gulf War and received The Bronze Star Medal while serving with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band. Still an active musician playing at least 70 dates per year, was the featured soloist with the Lima Area Concert Band last May, and for the past six years, have been the co-director of the OMEA District 3 Jr. High Honors Jazz Band. I'm a substitute teacher in the Ottawa-Glandorf School District and married to the former Jane Causey '74 for 44 years. 

 

Yes

Steve Fowdon 
My wife, Jane, and I are both retired. Jane worked as a bookkeeper in a bank and I taught high school for 32 years. We spend the winters in St. Augustine  Beach, Fla. and the rest of the year in Greenville, Ohio. We have one daughter, who also is a high school teacher and three granddaughters, Emma 11, Hannah, who is 9, and Lillian, who is 5.  Emma and Hannah were born three days apart and will be celebrating their birthdays on May 5. 

 

No

Carolyn Neufeld Huffman
I am retired after teaching at Lima City Schools for 30 year. My husband and I love to travel on land with our 5th wheel or overseas, when time and money allow. We are very involved at Lima Mennonite church and do some volunteering. 

 

No

Rebekah (Yoder) Malone and Terry Malone 
We have two sons who also live in Lexington: Matt and Mark. We have three grandchildren: Keller (13), Clark (9), and Lizzie Rose (6). Terry is a Professor of Physical Therapy at University of Kentucky. Becky is a reading interventionist at a private school in Lexington. We have lived in Lexington for 24 years. Previously, we lived in Durham, North Carolina for 13 years and Indianapolis, Indiana for six years.
 
   Yes
Karen Miller Mareco
I continue to work full time for Jenzabar, Inc where I have worked as a software support analyst for 33 years--30 of them working from my home as one of the pioneers of telecommuting. I enjoy having my children living close by and especially love spending time with my two grandchildren.
  Yes
Janet Inbody Merkel 
After 38 years of teaching first grade at Riverdale, I have been retired since 2011. These days our times are filled with volunteer work and our extended family. We currently have two wonderful grandchildren who are an absolute joy to be with. We recently learned that number three is due in October. When we’re not doing volunteer work, simply enjoying our retirement or spending time with the grandkids, we travel as much as we can.
  Yes
Mary Ann (Augspurger) Moman 
I retired in July 2017 after 40 years in ministry in The United Methodist Church. I'm spending more time with kids and granddaughters. I will walk 150 miles of the Camino de Santiago in June with my daughter. 

  Yes

Rene' (Ream) Phillips 
Although I retired from Pioneer Career and Technology Center as an English/language arts and skills for living teacher, I still substitute there 3-4 days per week in every capacity. I am still an avid bicyclist and have done trips in Belgium/Netherlands, Maine, New Hampshire and GOBA (Great Ohio Bike Adventure) since retirement. I am an active member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plymouth involved in choir and bell choir, Altar Guild and Ecumenical Bible School.

My great joy is spending time with my children and grandchildren: my daughter, Nikki (Phillips '03) Dekam and husband, Children Ave - 8, Ethan - 6; my son, Steven Phillips '00 and his wife Carrie (Holcomb '99) and their children, Claire - 9, Simon - 5.  I enjoy reading, cooking, spending time with my retiree friends, traveling and swimming (I love the beach). I visit Bluffton quite often where Steve's family lives. 

  Yes

Joe Wechter
I own and operate Mound Agency of Ohio, Inc. which is a financial services wholesaler. We operate in 20 states and provide access to life, disability income, long term care and annuity products so I travel quite often.

My wife, Lynn and I, enjoy spending time with our two children and attending our three grandchildren's activities. In my spare time I enjoy golf, travel and cheering on my favorite college and professional sports teams.

  YES