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Melvin Blue
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Retired - Warehouseman Married 4
Spouse:  Cecelia (Fisher)
Children:  2 Daughters & 2 Sons
Grandchildren:  3 Grandsons & 1 Granddaughter
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Golf
After graduation I worked at the Walla Walla Cannery until August when I enlisted in the Marine Corps.  I went to the MCRD boot camp in San Diego.  When I came home on leave, I met my future wife, Cecelia.  I returned to Camp Pendleton and was deployed to Okinawa through Hawaii and Japan for 13 months.  In Okinawa, I won a pentathlon for various military and sports activities.  I later went to Korea, the Philippines and Hong Kong.  When I returned to Camp Pendleton, I was released in 1963, but I will always remain a Marine.

I married my wife in June 1962.  Together we have four wonderful children:  Mike, Lisa, Katy & Todd.  We now have four grandchildren:  Jeremy, Adam, James, and Mattie, whom I love to spend time with.

I worked for 20 years at Walla Walla Produce and another 16 years at Americold Logistics.  I have recently retired and spend most of my days at the golf course.  I am a member of AMVETS, and organized two fund raising golf tournaments for that group.
Mary Ann Bockoven (Meiling)
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Ivan Bolinger
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Plane Crash Kills Former Resident -- A former Walla Walla resident, Ivan Ray Bollinger, was victim of a plane crash Saturday while dusting crops in Brownfield, Texas.  Funeral services were held Thursday in the Dewitt Chapel with the Rev. Jasper C. Havens of Central Christian Church officiating.  Interment was in the veterans section of Mt. View Cemetery.

Ray was born Nov. 2, 1940 in Walla Walla and resided in Walla Walla up to six months ago.  He served in the Navy as an electrician from 1957 to 1961.

Surviving Bollinger are his wife, Linda and his children, Debra, Kelly and Allen all at the home in Brownsfield, Texas.  Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. Bollinger of Walla Walla; a brother, Frank Bollinger of Seattle and a sister, Mrs. Doug (Mindy) Lea of Ft. Worth, Texas.

He is also survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Bollinger of DeBarry, Fla.

Ray had worked for Nuetone Electronics in Seattle for six years before moving to Texas.  He married Linda Strode, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Strode of Walla Walla, October 29, 1961 in Walla Walla.

Paul (Nick) Bontrop
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Retired - Navy Married 5
Spouse:  Farol
Children:  1 Son and 4 Daughters
Grandchildren:  4 Grandsons & 2 Granddaughters
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Motorcycles, Racquetball, Swimming, Travelling

Writing my biography is about as hard for me as applying for a job.
 
After graduating from college at Eastern Washington State University, the draft board was hot on my heels. Without computers, I was, nevertheless, found within two weeks and received my notice. Scared to open it, I headed down to Alder Street and the friendly Navy recruiter. I spent the next thirty years in the Navy, serving on a patrol craft, five ships, a number of Navy bases on both East and West coasts of the United States, Hawaii, and one tour in Italy. Finished up at Naval Station Puget Sound and Naval Station Everett and retired in 1994. All of that went by so quickly it is hard to describe. I can say that it was challenging, rewarding, and a lot of fun.
 
My wife, Farol, and I finally settled down in Arlington, Washington. We bought an old country house with a bit of land for the horses.  The horses have thankfully gone, but we are still there, and it has turned out well for us.
 
 I work part time trucking cement from Seattle all around Washington and Vancouver B.C. We have dogs, cats, and a trailer to get away from it all. I have two motorcycles – one for touring and one for off road. I spend a lot of time with friends on two wheels. Still playing racquetball, swimming, and need to spend more time skiing. Farol and I are in good health and life is good.
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Darlene Bosley (Handy)
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Retired - Teacher Married 4
Spouse:  Daro
Children:  2 Sons & 2 Daughters
Grandchildren:  7 Grandsons & 3 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies:  Bird Watching, Cribbage, Jigsaw Puzzles

I attended five different schools in my last five years (Berney-8, Garrison-9, Wa-Hi 10, Stadium in Tacoma-11, and Clarkston-12) and went to five different schools my first seven years of school. After graduating from Lewis-Clark Normal School in Lewiston, Idaho I went on to teach in Hood River, Rufus, Arlington and Sutherlin – all in Oregon. I’ve actually lived in 15 different towns in my lifetime. So I guess you could say “I’ve been around the block”. We have lived in the Sutherlin area for the past 30 years, as this is where my husband was raised. After teaching for 32 years, I retired in the summer of ’94. I loved teaching but did not love substituting so did various other jobs until age 62 when I actually did retire from working. One job I really enjoyed during this time was being a coordinator for an exchange student program. My family hosted eight students from different countries and we enjoyed every one of them. I love to travel and have been to Germany, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and on several tours in the U.S. I am involved in several ministries in my church. My faith is an important part of my life. I met my husband, Daro, while teaching in Arlington and we will be married 42 years August 14th. Daro has been a competitive trapshooter for the past 45 years and has written a coaching book and produced a trapshooting video. We have four children and 10 grandchildren – all living in various parts of the U.S. Butch has enticed me to attend the reunion so hope to see you all in August.
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Walter (Butch) Bosley
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Enjoying life Married 2

Spouse:  Connie
Children:  2 Daughters
Grandchildren: AS OF 05/01/11   2 - and expecting two more soon one in July and one in October
Activities/Hobbies:  Connie, Motorcycle, Horses

After the shock of getting out of high school I went to work summers for the U S Forest service. I remember Going to the Oregon 100 year Centennial in Portland with Bill Brunton when he was still on crutches from his motorcycle accident.    Winters I attended Columbia Basin CC.I Remember doing car pool with a lot of you other CBC WA HI grads. I remember going to the Seattle Worlds Fair with the late Alan Erb in his Triump TR3.  We were entertained royally by my brother who, with his partners, had the one million silver dollars on display there at the fair.

    In November of 63 I received a notice from our Uncle Sam and ended up in the same basic training company as Bob Baker, Dan Frandsen and Gale Sanders (a 58 WA HI grad).  After basic training I did time in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I met two guys I served the rest of my tour with in Korea and Seneca New York. We are still good friends and remain in contact with each other via Email and trade vacation trips to see each other even though one is in Minnesota and the other in Maryland.

     In 66 I returned to Walla Walla and a life in the Forest service where I met my wife of the past 41 plus years.  Connie Linscott  is a 63 graduate from WA Hi and after Graduating from Whitman College, returned to WA HI as a social studies teacher. We have two married daughters, Julie an Jennifer, with one 3 year old grand-daughter and one unknown it the hopper.

    In 1997 I retired from the Forest service after 31 years spent in forests in Washington and Oregon, with the majority here in Walla Walla.  I now have a part time Job with the Noxious weed control board of Walla Walla Co.  Connie retired in 2001 after teaching 31 years at good old (or should I say the good New) WA HI.  We were on a cruse to Alaska in 2001 when 9/11 hit.  All the air sight seeing tours we had planned were canceled. We did the Walking tours.

    Our four horses, three dogs, two cats, and two motorcycles plus the grand child does not leave us much time for hobbies.Oh YES Connie is still in that group that keeps me from the hobbies also.  The one grand daughter is here in Walla Walla but the one in Julies hopper is in Seattle so will be making a few trips there in the next 7 months. So Sam Raguso, and Elaine Lacy watch out for some phone calls.

   Looking forward to seeing any of you that can make it to the reunion. I also want to know if you berney-its want a time to ourselves during this big event.

    I will be checking this Web Site often to catch up on your memories of life after WA HI

SEE YOU SOON

Butch

 

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Wayne Boyles
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Carol Brehm (Woods)
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retired Widowed 2
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Gordon Brehm
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Jim Bridges
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Native Walla Wallan Jimmie L. Bridges, 53, died at his home here April 25, 1995.

Jimmie was born Aug. 10, 1941, in Walla Walla to Cecil and Lillie Hawkins Bridges.  He was raised in Walla Walla and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1959. 

On June 7, 1960, he married Pat M. Stapleton in Dayton.  During his 20-year career in the U.S. Navy, he and his family were stationed in Philadelphia, Jacksonville, FL, Charleston, SC, Great Lakes, IL and San Diego.  They came to the Vancouver area 16 years ago.  He spent the last 10 years as an independent truck driver.

He was a member of Living Each Day, a cancer support group in Vancouver.  He loved fishing, golfing and reading.

Surviving are his wife, at home; two sons, James and Anthony Bridges, and a daughter, Cindy Loranger, all of Vancouver; and three grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Pete Bridges; and his parents.

(from obit dated 4-27-95)
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