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Nancy Sheridan (Butler)
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Now Retired - Optometric Technician Married 6 2012-07-11 22:27:46
Spouse:  Ben
Children:  5 Sons and 1 Daughter
Grandchildren:  6 Grandsons and 4 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies:  Quilting, fabric artist, reading, family activities, gardening

During the 50 years since we graduated, I didn't become a diplomat, a teacher, write a novel or find the cure for the common cold.  But I've had an interesting life.

I attended Central Washington College (now CWSU) on the pay as you go plan.  Work one year, attend college, work, college.  During the third "work" I met and married my husband, Ben.  His job transferred us to Spokane, WA.  We've lived here ever since.

We've raised six children.  We have ten grandchildren.  Some grown, some in college, a couple in the Service, three in grade or high school.  Our big family is a lot of fun.

After the children were in school, I managed an eye doctor's office for several years and became an Optometric Technician.  I was a "Domestic Engineer" when Ben retired in 1989.

We've traveled.  Driving, by air, train or RV to 23 of the 50 states.  We've been to Europe, Canada many times, and Mexico.  Unfortunately, we no longer travel any great distance from home because Ben's health is not good.

I've been quilting since the early 70's.  Ben claims I have more fabric than Hancock's.  I enjoy reading.  Family activities keep me busy.

I no longer have family living in Walla Walla, but have wonderful memories of growing up there.  I try to visit  often, sometimes with my sister, Pat (class of '51) and/or my brother Jack (class of '55).  I'm looking forward to this special class reunion.
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Eldon R Sherlock
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December 21, 1939 2012-07-11 22:27:44

Eldon R. Sherlock, 51, died Feb. 1, 1991 at Walla Walla general Hospital.

The rosary was recited Monday in the Herring Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Raymond Beard of Athena officiating.  Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery.

Eldon was born Dec. 21, 1939, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to Orville L. and Mattie Reichert Sherlock.  He came to the area at the age of 3 and attended St. Patrick Grade School.  He graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1959.

He was in the cattle business for some time and then went into the autioneering business with his father.  He married Opal Brock on April 13, 1962, in Walla Walla.  Mr. Sherlock was an active supporter of the Future Farmers of America and 4-H.  He was also a member of the Catholic Church.

Mr. Sherlock is survived by his wife, at home; four daughters, Jennifer McGinnis of Germany, Tina Sherlock and Tana Sherlock, both of Walla Walla, and Leta Emerson of Medford, Oregon; two sons, Eldon Sherlock Jr. of Emmett, Idaho, and Anthony Sherlock of Fort Benning, GA.; his father, Orville Sherlock of Walla Walla; a sister, Claudette Potter of The Dalles, Ore.; two brothers, Normal Sherlock of Fairfax, Va., and Warren Sherlock of Encinitas, Calif.; and 15 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mattie Sherlock and a brother, Anthony Sherlock.

(from obit dated 3 Feb., 1991)
Warren Sherlock
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2012-07-11 22:27:44
Rochelle Sherman (Gaddis)
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Now Retired - Special Ed Aide/Artist Married 4 2012-07-12 00:08:45
Spouse:  Leo
Children:  2 Sons & 2 Daughters
Grandchildren:  8 Grandsons & 7 Granddaughters
Great Grandchildren:  3 Boys, 5 Girls
Activities/Hobbies:  Traveling, photography, arts & crafts of all kinds

We live in Moses Lake, WA on 40 acres where we have horses and lease the pasture to 20+ mares and then enjoy their babies during the summer months. We have four children and 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren with more great grandchildren due this summer.
My husband, Leo, worked in a milk plant bottling milk and I was a teacher’s aide in the Special Education Dept. of our school district. We also had a total of 16 foster children through the years before we retired.
Besides hunting and fishing, which is abundant in our area, we enjoy the horses and are involved in music. (Leo sings and plays guitar in a 6 member band) I am involved in all fine arts and crafts. I enjoy participating with the local art club in shows and like to do bazaars.
We like to take road trips and camp with friends and family. We especially enjoy visiting our son who lives in Hawaii.
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Robert K Sibbett
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March 25, 1941 2012-07-11 22:27:45

OLYMPIA -- Former Walla Walla Valley resident Robert K. "Bob" Sibbett, 60, died at his home Oct. 1, 2001.

Bob was born March 25, 1941, in Afton, Wyo., to Wilbur "Bill" and Mary Kirk Sibbett.  He lived in Dayton and the surrounding area, including Walla Walla, and graduated in 1959 from Walla Walla High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy, was discharged in 1962 and left the Navy Reserves in 1964.

On Aug. 5, 1961, he married Zenaida "Zeny" Riego de Dios in Cavite City, Philippines.  Their first child was born there and they returned to San Francisco three months later.

After returning to Walla Walla, he worked at various jobs, including selling cars.  They raised their family in Longview, and he continued as a car salesman, most recently in Olympia.  He underwent quadruple bypass surgery about a year ago.

He enjoyed funny stories, classic cars and especially being with his family.

Survivors include his wife, at home; three daughters, Marie McLain, Sherrie Sibbett and Christina Sibbett, all of Olympia; a son, Tony Sibbett of Castle Rock, WA; a brother, Richard Sibbett of Walla Walla; and two grandchildren.

(from obit dated circa Oct. 2001)
Joy Simons
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2012-07-11 22:27:46
Steve Singleton
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January 30, 1941 Retired for now Single 3 2019-03-11 22:46:05

This is my first reunion so this will fill in a 50-year gap. 

Joined the Marines in October ‘59.  First assignment after San Diego boot camp and radio school was Camp Lejeune, NC followed by a couple years on Okinawa from whence toured Mindoro Island in the Philippines, Udorn and Korat, Thailand (with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade) and finally Danang, South Vietnam, as NCOIC of a small detachment there. 

After the Marines I returned to climb poles for the UP Railroad along the Columbia and Snake rivers for 9 mos before beginning a 28-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency, that was mostly spent overseas in a dozen or so countries (mostly the Middle East) except for a few years in the U.S. including Virginia and California.  Places left bootprints included Tehran, Ankara, Rome, Milan, Venice, Manila, Beirut, Khartoum, Riyadh (Desert Storm), Kuwait, Iraq, Sana'a (Yemen), El Salvador, Moscow (USSR) and a few other garden spots.  Shelled, rocketed and car bombed (nearby) in Beirut, rocketed in Riyadh (Iraqi SCUD), sand-blasted in a Sudanese haboob (sand storm) and in a few coups and nearby terror attacks (Zamboanga), it was an adventure and I was lucky not even getting a scratch.  Miss those fun times, though, but make a lot of trips "down memory lane."  There are pics I took of a few places at the website address above.  Seems still to be there although I haven't added anything including captions for years now.

I returned to WW in December 2001 from the Philippines where I retired to spend some time with my Dad, who later required a heart valve replacement while I was visiting -- so I moved into his place to help out since he lived alone.  He passed on the morning of his 100th birthday in 2011 and I haven't left yet, other than make trips here and there (including the Oregon coast to visit my daughter).  Our old home town makes a perfect base for that (at least for now .... those white sand beaches, coconut palms, warm seawater and beautiful sunsets are calling me .... think I hear Bloody Mary singing Bali Hai in the background).

Some classmate friends may recall I purchased what may have been the first SCUBA rig in Walla Walla during my senior year.  Well, that became a life-long hobby (including underwater video) which took me from LaJolla (while still in the service) to dive spots from the Philippines (where I retired for a number of years) to Palau and the Caribbean.  Last was the Florida Keys in June of 2013.

Memberships: NRA (Endowment/Life), Central Intelligence Retiree's Association (CIRA), Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Marine Corps Association (Life), Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW/Life), American Legion, Manila Post 94.

So here's a toast to our next fifty years.
  To good health, prosperity and a long life to one and all.  Hoping to see some of you at our 60th reunion in September 2019.

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Terry Sisson
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Now Retired - Pupil Trans. Supervisor/Mgr. Married 3 2012-07-11 22:27:47

Spouse:  Pat
Children:  1 Son & 2 Daughters
Grandchildren:  7 Grandsons & 4 Granddaughters
Activities/Hobbies:  Travel & Bird Watching

After high school I joined the Air Force and became an aircraft mechanic, stationed at Richards-Gebaur AFB. I met and married Pat while stationed there and just before being sent to Okinawa for 18 months.
Our oldest daughter, Linda, was born while I was stationed in Okinawa. In 1965, our son Bob was born in Kansas City, Missouri, Pat’s home. We moved to Seattle and I went to work for Boeing as an aircraft mechanic. In 1969 our youngest child, Lisa, was born and at the same time I was laid off from Boeing. That was the year they said, “Will the last person to leave Seattle please turn out the lights?”
I spent the next two years driving at Greyhound. When Federal Way School District needed drivers, I moved there, eventually becoming a driver trainer. In 1978 I moved to Issaquah School District as Transportation Supervisor and on to Bellevue School District where I became Transportation Manager.
After 26 years in the school system, I retired in 1997. The next seven years Pat and I worked the fall crush at Chehalem and Sineann Wineries in Oregon. It was a lot of fun and very hard work.
In 2005 we decided to try our hand as RV Caravan leaders and signed up with Adverture Caravans. We were “Tailgunners” first, and then leaders, called “Wagonmasters”. We traveled to Mexico, Alaska, and the Canadian Maritimes, spending four years with the company.
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Jack Sivertson
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2012-07-11 22:51:41
Bob Smeltzer
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July 23, 1941 Retired - Banker Married 2 2012-07-11 22:27:48
Spouse:  Geneva (Blue) Wa-Hi Class of '62
Children:  1 Son and 1 Daughter
Fishing, target shooting, cooking, BBQ, remodeling

I moved from Zillah, WA to Walla Walla in 1952, attending Green Park, Pi-Hi and Wa-Hi.  After graduation, I enlisted in the US Navy, leaving WW in October of '59 for the Naval Training Center, San Diego, CA.  After completing basic, I was transferred to Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego, for 16 weeks of intensive hospital corpsman training.  Upon graduation, I was assigned to the USS Henrico (APA-45), a troop transport, where I remained until September of 1963.  The first year and a half was spent working in the sick bay and operating rooms.  For the remainder of my time on board, I was in charge of the pharmacy, shipping and receiving of all medical supplies, and the medical storerooms.  Nine months of every year were spent sailing the Pacific, from San Diego to Hong Kong, with stops in Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines, Korea and Japan - except for 1962 when we sailed through the Panama Canal to Jamaica during the Cuban Crisis.  My service was up before the end of the 1963 cruise, so I was flown from Okinawa to Tokyo to Anchorage to Treasure Island-San Francisco, for separation.

I returned home the end of September, 1963 and began working for Safeway.  In March of 1964, I married Geneva Blue (class of 1962), whom I first met when I moved in across the alley from her in 1952.  During all our "growing-up-together years" we were part of the "Alley Rats", as her mother termed all the neighborhood kids living in the blocks encompassed by Isaacs, Walla Walla, Roosevelt and Wellington Streets, who played together in the alley between Isaacs and Portland.  (Remember "Peggy", "Kick the Can" and "Spud"?)  We're still together after 45 years (57 if you count the "friendship" years).

In September of 1964 I joined the consumer finance business, beginning with Cascade Industrial Loan in Walla Walla.  Through acquisitions, I worked with ISC Financial House and Beneficial Finance, starting out as a collector and ending up a branch manager, and substituting for the regional manager in his absence.  In 1976 I left the finance company to work with Old National Bank, and joining Columbia Bank in the Tri-Cities in 1977.  Columbia Bank was acquired by People's Bank, which later became US Bank.  From 1977 to 1995, I progressed from loan officer to Finance Center Manager.  During these years, I was transferred from the Tri-Cities, where my staff and I were responsible consumer lending decisions for 13 branches; to Yakima, where my staff and I were responsible for consumer lending decisions for 27 branches, and I traveled throughout central Washington teaching consumer lending in the branches; and then to Portland, where I handled the large home equity and all large marine mortgage loans for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Northern California and Utah.  After being through several acquisitions, I foresaw US Bank being sold, so opted to transfer back to Walla Walla and find something else to do.  I was credit manager for a local oil company for a short time before starting at Banner Bank as a loan officer and then becoming Consumer Loan Center Manager until my retirement in 2003.

While in the Tri-Cities, I decided to fulfill my lifelong desire to become a law enforcement officer, applying for the Benton County Sheriff's Reserve Unit.  I passed all the required exams and was accepted.  After working 8 hours days at the bank, I spent my evenings and most weekends for the next 16 weeks in the law enforcement academy.  After the completion of those 16 weeks of intensive study and training and passing the final exams, I graduated and became a commissioned deputy sheriff.  I served many nights and weekends from 1978 through 1985, attaining the rank of Sergeant, before I had to resign my commission when the bank transferred me to Yakima. 

In 1998, we bought a cabin at Kooskooskie to use on the weekends.  We liked it so much we sold the property in town and moved up to the woods.  We began enlarging and remodeling the cabin in 1999, doing all of the interior work ourselves, including building the cabinetry.  It's a never ending project that we can take our time doing.  We don't care to travel much, and both enjoy the challenge involved with the improvements.  Geneva is still employed, as Executive Assistant to the WW County Prosecuting Attorney, so I'm the "house husband", honing my culinary skills, as I do most of the cooking, which I enjoy.
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