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In Remembrance Of Fallen Classmates & Teachers
Without Whom Our Lives Would Not Be The Same

(Click Above For List Of Fallen Classmates & Teachers)

This one is really hard for me to have to mention. I have so many fond memories of being on the Swim Team with Randy for three years at HHS. What a fun-loving guy he was. I know he will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He left us all way too soon. Good bye my friend.

As touchingly reported in "The Hutchinson News" on August 26, 2007:

WALNUT COVE, N.C. - Our deeply loved John "Randy" Cromwell has slipped the bonds of this world from diabetic-related complications in Walnut Cove, N.C. John was a native of Hutchinson, Kansas, and the son of the late Bertha Weed and Robert Cromwell.

John was a graduate of Hutchinson High School Class of l970, and was then known by family and friends as "Randy." While in high school, John was a Kansas State champion swimmer, an Eagle Scout, an honor student and trombone player in the band. After graduation, John moved to Colorado and then to Montana, where he graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in forestry.

John was a warm and caring person with a great sense of humor. He loved all animals and had owned both dogs and cats during his lifetime. His deep laughter would fill a room and he touched everyone he met in very positive ways. John worked for many years at Boeing Co. Seattle, in many capacities. He accepted the huge responsibility for Boeing as project manager overseeing the installation of the new x-ray machines in many of the airports in the northwest. His last job at Boeing was a safety inspection/scheduling manager.

John moved to North Carolina in 2005 after spending more than 25 years in the northwest, living in Oregon and Washington (Gig Harbor, Fox Island and Tacoma). In the last few years of his life, he was an event planner with his fiance, Dottie. They delighted in planning events which encompassed John's love of Harley Davidson motorcycles and "hitting the open road." John made two trips to Sturgis, South Dakota, with several friends on their Harleys to attend the annual Sturgis rallies.

John's survivors include his daughter, Jessie Cromwell, Sandpoint, Idaho, fiance Dorothy "Dottie" Dixon, Walnut Cove, N.C., who was with him at the end, his nephew Todd Gordon (Gwen, three children), niece Kim Martin (two children) and sister, Jeanine Barta, all of Kansas. John is also survived by his lifelong friend, David Smith, who he always referred to as "his brother" and David's wife, Kathy, Fox Island, Wash., AND lifelong friend, Terry Tatro and Terry's wife, Pat, Bellevue, Wash. David's sister, Julie Beal, Hutchinson, was always John's "next-door sister." We will all miss you, John.

08/26/2007 / Go here for more information.

As always, it saddens me to report that we have lost another Classmate. Here is Susie Johnson's obituary as published in "The Hutchinson News" on June 9, 2007:

GARDINER, MONTANA - Cynthia Sue "Susan" Johnson, 54, of Gardiner, Montana, died June 6, 2007.

She was born July 11, 1952, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of the late Corliss and Wanda Phillips Johnson. She was raised in Hutchinson with her six brothers and sisters. She graduated from Hutchinson High School. Her love of nature and the mountains brought her to Gardiner, Montana, where she lived, worked and played for many years. Susan was an avid reader and loved her family and friends.

Survivors include: two brothers, Corliss Lee (Anne) Johnson, Brookings, S.D., and Barry Johnson, Shawnee; and three sisters, Candy (Jim) Hund, Lago Vista, Texas, Deborah (Randy) Bernard, Farmer City, Ill., and Robin (Joey) Fisher, Belle Plaine.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Guy Michael Johnson.

There will be a family gathering Sunday in Gardiner, Montana.

06/09/2007 / Go here for more information.

Sadly, another Classmate of ours recently passed away. Here is Mona (DeGarmo) Wilcoxen's obituary as published in "The Hutchinson News" on March 3, 2007:

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - Mona Joyce Wilcoxen, 54, of Kansas City, KS, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at Indian Meadows Nursing Center. Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Porter Funeral Home, 1835 Minnesota Ave. Kansas City, KS. Burial will be in Edwardsville Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-America Chapter of the National MS Society, 5442 Martway, Mission, KS 66205.

Mona was born October 16, 1952, in Ulysses, KS and lived in Hutchinson, KS for 34 years before moving to Kansas City, KS in 1988. Mona was a childcare provider and nanny.

Her mother, LaWanda DeGarmo, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Kurt A. Wilcoxen, and son Kyle Wilcoxen, of the home; daughter Dana Siscoe and husband Clark, of Overland Park, KS; her father Harry DeGarmo, of Hutchinson, KS; 3 sisters Lisa Johnson, Atlanta, GA; Lori Mallory, Olathe, KS and Anita DeZego, of St. Louis, MO; and a brother Jay DeGarmo, of Las Vegas, NV.

Condolences may be expressed at

03/04/2007 / Go here for more information.

It saddens me to have to announce that another one of our Classmates passed away recently. Here is the obituary for Steven Beals as it was published in "The Hutchinson News" on December 12, 2006:

Steven R. Beals, 55, died December 18, 2006, at Hospice House, Hutchinson.

He was born October 6, 1951, in Hutchinson, the son of Richard Lee and Donna Nadean White Beals. In 1970, he graduated from Hutchinson High School and attended Salina Business School. A lifelong resident of Hutchinson, he was the bookkeeper at Montezuma Co-op for several years.

Survivors include: his mother; a brother, Greg Beals and wife, Judy, Hutchinson; two nephews, Scott Beals and wife, Amanda, Hutchinson, and Brett Beals and wife, Bre, Hutchinson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard L. Beals, on August 20, 1999.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Elliott Chapel, with Pastor Bob Smith officiating. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until service time Thursday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum.

Memorials may be sent to the Kansas Society for Crippled Children or Hospice House, in care of the funeral home.

Personal condolences may be sent to

12/19/2006 / Go here for more information.

I am very sorry to announce the passing of one of our Classmates. Here is Nancy Long's obituary as published in "The Hutchinson News" on September 28, 2006:

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS - Nancy Lynne Long, 53, died September 24, 2006, at her home, The Woodlands, Texas.

She was born November 6, 1952, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Arthur F. and Phyllis Lorrine Erhard Long. She graduated Hutchinson High School in 1970 and Kansas State University in 1974. She was a substitute teacher and had formerly taught at San Jacinto Community College.

Survivors include: two sons, Philip Cratty and Justin Cratty, both of Lawrence; a daughter, Nicola Cratty, of the home; her mother, Hutchinson; two brothers, Gaylord Long and wife, Paula, McPherson, and William Long and wife, Linda, Hutchinson; a significant other, Robert Fiore of New York, N.Y.; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, Hutchinson. Private graveside service will be in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Tim Soule presiding. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

In lieu of usual remembrances, an educational fund has been established in her honor through First National Bank in Hutchinson or The Cure Autism Now Foundation or The Children of Heartsong. Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, is in charge of arrangements.

09/25/2006 / Go here for more information.

Unfortunately we have lost another Classmate. Jim Mattison passed away March 7, 2006 in Hutchinson. His obituary was published in "The Hutchinson News" as follows:

James T. Mattison, 53, died March 7, 2006, at Hospice House, Hutchinson.

He was born November 1, 1952, at Hutchinson, the son of Jack E. and Barbara Knowlton Mattison. In 1970, he graduated from Hutchinson High School. He was employed at Decker and Mattison Co.

He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation and the Sierra Club.

Survivors include: a son, Jake Mattison and his fiance, Katie Clark, Hutchinson; a daughter, Kimberly Fager and her husband, Kent, Topeka; his father, Jack Mattison and his wife, Mary Ann, Hutchinson; a brother, Brett Mattison and his wife, Colette, Hutchinson; a sister, Cindy Freeman and her husband, Alan, Hutchinson; and two grandchildren, Jackson and Holden Fager, Topeka.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara F. Mattison.

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Park Cemetery, with Pastor Todd Sinclair presiding. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson.

Memorials may be sent to Quivira Wildlife Refuge or Hospice of Reno County, both in care of the mortuary.

Personal condolences may be sent to

03/8/2006 / Go here for more information.

I am saddened beyond words to have to announce that Kathy (McJunkin) Williams passed away in Hutchinson on November 11, 2005 after a very long battle with cancer. We will miss you very, very much Kathy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family at this time of great sadness over their loss of Kathy. There is, however, great comfort in knowing that she knew the Lord Jesus Christ and therefore, is now in His presence!

11/12/2005 / Go here for more information.

I am very saddened to announce that Yolanda (Sanchez) Rutledge passed away in Hutchinson, Kansas on July 2, 2005. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family for their loss. We will miss you Yolanda.

07/3/2005 / Go here for more information.

Sadly, we recently lost one of our fellow classmates. David Frasure passed away on May 23, 2005 in Wichita, Kansas. I remember David as a quiet but friendly guy. I'm sure he will be missed by his family and friends. We will miss you too David.

05/24/2005 / Go here for more information.

Please take a moment to remember one of the finest teachers Hutchinson High School has ever known. On February 14, 2003, and with great fanfare I'm sure, Vern Comely was ushered into the presence of the Lord. We will miss you dearly Mr. Comley!

02/14/2003 / Some Personal Thoughts About Mr. Comley.

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