Class of 1970

1970

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Rita Staley Holman

  • Married Robert Holman
  • Two sons, one daughter, nine grandchildren
  • Degree in English and HPER
  • Masters of science in education in school counseling
  • Entire educational career at Allen East Local Schools. Retired with 30+ years of service.
   

Tom Fleming

  • Married Kay (Burkholder x72)
  • Three children, Adam, Aaron and Bethany; ten grandchilden ages 7 through 19
  • Majored in English
  • Lived communally at Plow Creek Fellowship in Illinois for 13 years, taught English in Africa for a year
  • Eaned an associates degree in nursing in 1991 and spent the most of the following 28 years as an RN
   

Susan (Heffentrager) Elverson

  • Married to Allen Elverson, 30 years in June
  • Blended family of 5 children, 14 grandchildren
  • Arts Comprehensive Education major
  • Earned masters in special education from Montana State University and supervision of special ed at Penn State University
  • Worked as a teacher or supervisor for 50 years. Still teaching part-time, 3-4 hours a day
  • Volunteer in free time, driving others to medical appointments
   

Fred Suter

  • Married, two children
  • Worked in marketing and consulting in educational publishing for 15 years, taught math for five years.
  • Currently deliver Meals-on-Wheels weekly in Columbus
  • Biology major
   

Greg Tracht

  • Retired as executive director of Council on Development of the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1994-2010
  • Former Huntington Trust Company Vice President, 1970-93; Delaware County Band and Trust Co VP and Sr Trust Officer, 1993-94
  • Married Elen Foust
  • Two children, five granddaughters
  • Served on Memorial Hospital, Marysville, board; member of First United Methodist Church, Marysville, elected to West Liberty-Salem Athletic Hall of Fame, 2013
  • Majored in sociology
   
William  Swank
  • Married to Joan (Yaussy '71) Swank
  • Two children and two grandchildren
  • Majored in business, certified in education
  • Drafted into the Army, served 18 months
  • Taught business and coached at Colonel Crawford and Van Wert City Schools
  • Retired as principal at Van Wert Junior High
  • Volunteered with the United Way of Van Wert, Crime Stoppers of Van Wert County, Van Wert County Park District, Van Wert Optimist Club, Van Wert County Women's Shelter and his church.
   
Barbara Moyer Lehman
  • Married to John P. Lehman '70
  • Two children: Andy '97 and Ben '99, 3 grandchildren
  • Majored in social work
  • Served 3 years in Kenya for MCC
  • Co-pastored Orrville Mennonite Church with John
  • Associate Pastor at Park View Mennonite Church
  Yes
John P. Lehman
  • Married to Barbara Moyer Lehman '70
  • Two children: Andy '97 and Ben '99, 3 grandchildren
  • Majored in mathematics
  • Served 3 years in Kenya for MCC
  • Taught math and physics for eight years in Indiana
  • Co-pastored Orrville Mennonite Church with Barbara
  • Chaplain at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

 

 

Yes
Gail (Wasem) Rose
  • President of local library board
  • Vice president of The Harmon Museum board of trustees
  • Majored in English; minored in HPER
  • Teaches at University of Dayton
  Yes
Cathy (Lee) Howell
  • Married to Ron Howell '69
  • Two daughters/son-in-laws, 3 grandchildren
  • Majored in elementary education
  • Taught for 31 years
  • Volunteers at her chuch, community choir and local YMCA
  Yes
Terry Lee (Brown) Burkhead
  • Married to Don Burkhead
  • 2 sons, 3 grandchildren
  • Majored in elementary education
  • Taught for a total of 44 years between three institutions
  • Active member of Friends of Drake Library
  • Member of Grinnell United Methodist Church
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Danielle Dee (Porcase) Higgins
  • 1st generation college student
  • 1 son, 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren
  • Majored in social students, minored in English
  • Taught in inner city schools
  • Worked at a hospital and Methodist Children's Home handling computer programs
  • Taught at a rape crisis center
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Mary Lou (Fretz) Roush
  • Married to Tom Roush '69
  • 3 children, 6 grandchildren
  • Majored in elementary education
  • Taught for 38 years between Washington Local Schools, Owens Technical College in Rossford, and The Ohio State University (Lima Campus)
  • Began the SNEA program (now called O.S.E.A.) at OSU Lima
  • Volunteers in tennis, golf and pickelball lessons
  Yes

Lynda Arter Lehman

  • Married to Gene Lehman '70
  • 4 children: Luke '94, Joshua '99, Whitney '02, Morgan '07
  • 2 daughter-in-laws, 2 son-in-laws, 10 grandchildren
  • Majored in elementary education, minored in music education
  • Taught in the Lakota and Orrville school systems, Kidron Mennonite Church
  • Taught Sunday school, children's choir director, accompanist for adult and children's choirs, bell choir director, accompanist for various school programs 
 

Yes

Gene Lehman

  • Married to Lynda (Arter '70) Lehman
  • 4 children: Luke '94, Joshua '99, Whitney '02, Morgan '07
  • 2 daughter-in-laws, 2 son-in-laws, 10 grandchildren
  • Majored in music education
  • Taught for 32 years at: Freeman Jr. College and Academy, Lakota Schools, Orrville City Schools,  Wooster City Schools and Kidron Cental Christian
  • Minister of music at Kidron Mennonite Church, guitar player in a bluegrass band (Just Passin' Thru), girls and boys tennis coach at Central Christian, Works at Aspen Racquet Club, Owner of Better Life Flex and Stretch 
 

Yes

Ellyne (Ramseyer) Sollenberger

  • Married to Harold Sollenberger
  • 2 children, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law
  • 5 grandchildren
  • Majored in elementary education
  • Taught for 4 years
  • Chose to stay home with children, babysat
  • In 1992 was hired to teach elementary Emotionally Handicapped children and retired in 2008
  • Completed a Master's Degree in Elem Ed in '75 and Special Ed license in '96
  • Was director of a local Day Care for 3 years, worked in accounts receivable at an Agricultural business for 5 years
  • Since 2002, heavy in Volunteering - many different church activities;  big one is scheduling 3 doors in town for Salvation Army bell ringing in Dec.;  Power of the Purse comm. for this event under the United Way; local hospital, YMCA, library, and one day events in the area wherever needed.  Enjoy these all very much
 

No

Col. Michael B. Ball

  • Married Donnie '67 - she passed away in 2011 after 43 years of marriage
  • 2 children, 8 grandchildren
  • Remarried to Dr. LeAnna Ball 
  • has a combined 6 children and 17 grandchildren between him and his current wife
  • Majored in history
  • Was a commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, served over 30 years attaining the rank of Colonel, retiring in 2001, worked for the Army and Air Force for 13 more years retiring in 2016
  • Spent hundreds of volunteer hours with church activities, conservation projects and sponsoring scouts with their Eagle Scout Projects. 
 

Yes

James Simcox

  • Married Marcia Mawer '71
  • 5 sons; two graduated from Bluffton: Adam '98 and Ben '99
  • 5 daughter-in-laws, currently a grandfather of 13 with 1 on the way!
  • Majored in chemistry
  • Drafted into the Army
  • Spent 15 years on the board of Camp Iroquina 
  • Volunteer activities have centered around his church Living Hope Community Church
  • After retiring, his church purchased a closed church building and he was very involved in the renovation. 
  • Involved in leading of the Men's Ministry 
  • Retired but still "actively working" in service to church, community, family and friends.
 

Yes

Gene Best

  • Married to Connie for 53 years
  • 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter
  • Majored in biology
  • Spent 35 years as a pharmaceutical sales rep and long term care specialist for Merch & Co.
  • 2 years as an independent contractor to the pharma industry
  • 3 years part time at Medi-Lab
  • Spent many years coaching youth sports in the Shawnee community.
 

No

Norman Holcomb

  • Married to  Jan (Siebert '69)
  • 1 daughter (Carrie Phillips '99) and 1 son
  • 1 son-in-law: Steve Phillips '00, 4 grandchildren
  • Majored in biology and education
  • Spent 35 years teaching (34 years at Marion Local in Mercer County, 7th and 8th grade science)
  • Served 16 years on New Bremen School Board, 8 years on Auglaize County ESC, 9 years on Joint Township District Hospital Board
  • Entire family were educators: Mom '42 and Dad '42, sisters: Ann '66, Mary and Deb, and wife Jan '69
 

Yes

David E. Spraw

  • Married 45 years to Janet Ulmer, who passed away in April 2014
  • 1 daughter
  • Majored in English
  • Taught 38 years at Galion
  • Continues to work for the school for football, boys and girls basketball, etc.
  • Volunteers at the library delivering books to shut-ins
  • Secretary of the Galion Community Foundation.
  • Serves on the Connections Weekend committee for Homecoming and Hall of Fame
  • Various other committee involvements including teaching an adult Sunday School class
 

Yes

Marsha (Carr) Cooper

  • Married to Robert Cooper
  • 6 children
  • Majored in elementary education
  • Taught in Indianapolis public schools and at Antwerp Local School in Paulding County
  • Currently a substitute teacher in Paulding County schools.
  • Volunteers with Paulding County Master Gardeners and at church activities
 

No

Pamela Graber

  • Married to Melvin Wilson
  • 1 daughter
  • Majoried in history
  • Went on to earn an M.D., M.P.H., board certification in public health and E.R. medicine; climate change studies
  • Last summer, she volunteered at the El Paso border to welcome asylum seekers
  • Other activities include Audubon, Democratic candidate support and campaigning
  • Lived in a commune for several years in Madison, participated in marches against the Vietnam war, Afghanistan war, etc. Active with Quakers now
  • Have been on mission trips with Methodists in Africa as well as hurricane relief missions
 

Maybe

     
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