The KHS Class of '67

Shannon Adams

Maria Alvarez 1949 - 1968
Maria Alvarez was born Nov. 7, 1948 in Lima Peru, the daughter of Dr. Humberto and Gilda Alverez. 
She moved with her family from Peru in Aug 1959 to Roanoke, VA.  In Aug 1961 they moved to Kirksville where Maria entered the seventh grade at Kirksville Junior High School.  Miss Alvarez, killed in the crash of a plane near Indianapolis yesterday (1969). Maria had gone to New York and Boston for a vacation after her summer's work at Bloomington.  She was returning to Bloomington to resume her studies when the accident occurred. She graduated from Kirksville High School, and ranked third in her high school class. Maria was an outstanding high school and college student and "well on her way" to becoming an outstanding vocal performer, friends and teachers said today. Authorities at the school described her as an "outstanding student." While in high school she participated in Tiger Staff her junior year, was a member of National Honor Society her junior and senior year, Masque and Gavel her senior year, Modern Music Masters, all three years, Orchestra all three years, Chorus sophomore and junior years, Musettes sophomore and junior years, home room officer her sophomore year, and recipient of numerous academic honor awards in her junior and senior year. During her senior year she sang one of the lead roles in the high school play "H.M.S. Pinafor," by Gilbert and Sullivan.
She began her first college level work in the summer of 1964 when she took a stringed instrument clinic at Northeast Missouri State College.  She took vocal music in the summer of 1966, and followed with her first full year at college in the 1967-68 school year.  Her final quarter of work here was summer of 1968, after which she transferred to Indiana University at Bloomington.  Jorgenson described Indiana University as the "best school of opera in the US" and said that for an undergraduate to have a lead role in one of their operatic productions (Maria would have sung the lead in the fall production, Wagner's "Das Liebesverbot) was a "truly outstanding accomplishment." 
Surviving are her parents of 516 E. Patterson; two sisters, Gilda and Florcita, both of the home; one half-brother, Sergio Bubio of the home and Quispe Francisca, who has resided with the Alverez family since she was a small child.
This is just part of an artical I've saved and will scan it and email it to anyone who would like a copy.

Larry E. Crow 1949 - 1969
Died for our country, 10/11/1969 in Military Region 2 - Binh Dinh, South Vietnam.
Larry and another solder were guarding a tower and took turns going for supplies.  When Larry was coming back up the hill, he was ambushed by the Vietcong.

Leslie Combs September 24, 2010 at his home.

Tom Damon
Died of illness.

Larry Elger

Dale Ferrel  2000
Jim Fiscus

Jerry Harkey 1949 - 198?
Died with cancer.

Donnie Helton
Classmate during our HS years.

Denny Jones
Died in a truck accident.

Richard Mathes

Marvin Moots 1948 - 2001
Marvin E. Moots, 53, Jefferson City, died Dec. 7, 2001, at the Oakview Skilled Living Center.
He was born July 16, 1948, in Kirksville, a son of Ernest and Mary McLin Moots. He was married Sept. 20, 1970, in Kirksville, to Julie Zimmer, who survives at the home.
He graduated from Northeast Missouri State University in 1971. He worked for the Department of Natural Resources from 1973-2000, until his health forced him to retire. He and his wife moved from Macon to Jefferson City in 1995. He was a member of the Macon United Methodist Church.
Other survivors include: his mother, Mary Moots, Kirksville; three sons, Bryan Moots, Macon, Eric Moots, Macon, and Mark Moots, of the home; three daughters, Katherine Howard, Powell, Wy., Sarah Foster, Jefferson City, and Jill Moots, Jefferson City; two brothers, Jack Moots and Doug Moots, Columbia; one sister, Kelly Crossland, England; and seven grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon with the Rev. Allen Vancil officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Macon.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and can be delivered to the funeral home.
From: Jefferson City News Tribune

Hal Moritz
Harold Dale “Hal” Moritz, 57, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Kirksville, died Monday, January 22, 2007, at the VA Hospital in AZ, after an extended illness.
Hal was born June 23, 1949, in Columbia, Missouri, son of Francis and Deborah McClure Moritz. 
Hal is survived by his brother Mark Moritz of AZ, and two sisters, Martha Deppe of NY and Marci Otte of AZ. He is also survived by an aunt, an uncle, nephews, nieces, and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Francis and Deborah McClure Moritz and grandparents, Grover and Grace Moritz and Harold and Martha McClure.
Hal was cremated. Services will be held at a later date.
Jim Natto
Larry Norfolk
Jim Ogle
Died May 25, 2004 in Columbus Ohio. colon cancer.

Roger Partin
Died in an automobile accident.

Margie Roderick 1949 - 1992
Miss Marjorie Ruth Roderick, 43 of 716 East Harrison Street, Kirksville, Missouri, died early Tuesday morning (December 1, 1992) at the Kirksville Osteopathic Medical Center where she had been hospitalized the past several weeks.  Margie was born June 24, 1949 in Kirksville, Missouri, the daughter of Dr. John R. and Ruth (Stith) Roderick of 708 East Harrison, Kirksville, Missouri.  In 1972 she married Dr. Dean A. Bard.  Margie was raised in Kirksville and attended the Kirksville public schools graduating from the Kirksville Senior High with the Class of 1967.  She attended Northeast Missouri State University, receiving her B.S. Degree in Education and her M.A. Degree in 1972.  In 1982 she received an additional B.S. Degree with another major in Business Administration.  After her divorce in 1988 she moved back to this area, living in Kirksville the last three years.  Margie had many, many friend and is well-remembered for her friendly manner, her spontaneous since of humor, her chrisma and capability to just make people feel good.  She was a member of the First Christian Church in Kirksville since childhood.  She was preceded in death by her grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stith and Dr. John S. and Bertie D. Roderick.  She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Mrs. Betty Roderick Bohon and her husband Dr. Rick Bohon of Columbia, Missouri, and Mrs. Jeannie Roderick Lucas and her husband John of Highland, Indiana; two nieces, Miki and Tiffany Bohon of Columbia, Missouri, and three nephews, Nate Bohon of Columbi, Missouri, Brian and Johnnie Lucas of Highland, Indiana.  Funearal service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 4, 1992) at the First Christian Church with the Reverend Franklin Hall officiating.  Music will be provided by Clay Dawson, soloist, and Mabel Reed, organist.  Burial will be in the Highland Park Cemetery, Kirksville, Missouri.  Active pallbearers will be Tom Hensley, Walt Beard, Danny Stith, Larry Turner, Dr. Wilber Stock and Dr. Stanley Bohon.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Durden, Rupert Rinehart, John Grgurich, Frank Buckingham, Dr. Jack Auxter, John H. Winn, Ed Ross and David Shultheiss.

Mark Shopp
Died of illness.

Joe Simpson - June 28, 2001


Audrey Sizemore
Classmate during our HS years.

Bernice (Speaks) Pummill
Died of illness.
Clell Speaks

David Treasure - 1998

Died in truck accident.
Classmate during our HS years.

Aledra Jean (Vaul) Wood 1948 - 2002
Aledra Jean Wood, 54, of Kirksville, Missouri passed away Friday morning (November 15, 2002) at her home.  Born August 20, 1948 in Kirksville, Missouri, Aledra was the daughter of Allen J. and Marie (Carter) Vaul.  On February 17, 1968 in Kirksville MO, she was united in marriage to Glen Simpson who preceded her in death on December 19, 1981.  On June 9, 1994, Aledra married Richard Wood who survives.  Aledra is also survived by one son, James Simpson of Virginia Beach, VA; one daughter, Lori Dehm and husband.  Shayne of Olthe, KS; three step-sons, Kevin Wood and wife Misty of Chula Vista, CA, David Wood and wife Lori who are serving in the United States Navy and Bradley Wood and wife Jennifer of Sherwood, AR and four grandchildren, Jessica, Casey and Whitley Wood and Megan Dehm.   Her parents and two brothers, William and Richard Vaul preceded Aledra in death.  Aledra was a life-long resident of Adair County, receiving her education, graduating from Kirksville High School.  She was employed for twenty-nine years with Con Agra in Macon, MO, until her retirement in 1995.  She enjoyed camping, wildlife, bird watching, her dogs and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday (November 18, 2002) at Travis-Noe. Funeral Home in Kirksville with Reverend Jim Robinson officiating. Bud Reese sang "Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art" and Tammy Simpson sang "In The Garden".  They were accompanied by Nancy Pennington, organist.  Interment was at Park View memorial Gardens in Kirksville.  Casket bearers were Shawn Simpson, Justin Simpson, Bradley Wood, Brian Shumaker, John P. Munn and Larry Granneman.  Visitation was held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday (November 17, 2002 in the chapel of the Travis-Noe Funeral Home.

John Welch

George Wharton  - 2001
drown trying to save his son

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Let me remind you of Paul Simon's lyrics about Joe Dimaggio, back in the sixties.
From "Mrs. Robinson,":

Sitting on a sofa
On a Sunday afternoon,
Going to the candidates' debate,
Laugh about it,
Shout about it,
When you've got to choose,
Every way you look at it, you lose.

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Ooo ooo ooo).
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
"Joltin' Joe has left and gone away."

Surely, Paul Simon knew the temper of the times.

The last couple years have not been good ones for our heroes. Not to depress you, but let me give you a list of the ones that come to my mind: Mickey Mantle, Buffalo Bob Smith, Gene Autrey, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Frank Sinatra, Shari Lewis, Thurgood Marshall, Harry Caray, Fred W. Friendly, Barry Goldwater, Leo Buscaglia, Robert Young, Alan Shepard, Clark Clifford, John Lennon, George Harrison.
And Joe DiMaggio.

You may not be able to place all of them right off the top of year head. That's OK. But when you think about the ones you do remember, what characteristics come to mind? I know they were our childhood icons and heros, but I want to go beyond that. What made them what they were? What things come to mind as you remember these people?

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Ooo ooo ooo).
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
"Joltin' Joe has left and gone away."

My point here is simply this: What will they say about us when we are gone?

Surely then, we still have much work to do.

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