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•   Norma Turner (Speer)  3/11
•   Robert Cooper  2/27
•   David Stover  7/19
•   Barbara Rockhill (Koester)  6/18
•   Janice Myer (Roberts McLaughlin)  1/22
•   Paul Anderson  9/4
•   Marilyn Peterson (Bills)  1/30
•   Richard Barlow  1/26
•   Darol Kaufmann  10/19
•   Anne Booth (Zink)  9/14
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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 52.6%

A:   51   Joined
B:   46   Not Joined
(totals do not include deceased)


Hello, Dave Stover here:

I am using this announcements page for notices I get regarding the passing of classmates. I am also trying to reach each of you by email with the same message just to make sure the word of these sad events get to you all. Not all of you are tuned into the web page. 

There is another item that all us Iowans have just experienced and I have a special picture of our recent unbelievable weather event. They call it a “derecho.” I had never heard the term used. I guess the simple reason is that we have never encountered such and event. The picture and words from others will confirm the magnitude and the almost mystical power of this happening.


Mary Elizabeth (Russie) Smith, 84, of Kansas City, KS, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020. She was born December 17, 1935 in Marshalltown, Iowa to Alvin and Carol Russie. Preceding her in death were her parents, brother Clare Russie, husband F. L. "Steve" Stephenson, and husband Jack E. Smith. Mary is survived by her daughters, Julie (Ron) Lacy, Laurie (Sean) Steffee, 5 stepchildren; Mark Smith, Dan Smith, Steven (Emily) Smith, Philip (LaMar) Smith, Margaret (Tom) Hartnett, 9 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Mary's life will be held at a later date.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.

Published in Kansas City Star on Aug. 9, 2020

August 20, 2020

Mary always had a smile on her face and a great sense of humor. I was fortunate to have breakfast with her and her 2 daughters the morning after our last Class of ‘53 reunion.

Norma Speer


August 9, 2020

Mary... we loved her so much. A dear friend with a humor like no other. 

She blessed us in so many ways.

Our adventures were many and lives took many directions. The only constant was she was always there for us. 

I will miss her but know that she is having a beer for us all in heaven.
Or wine .....!

Rest Mary in God arms....

Shelia Hampton



Utilize the Links on this web site:  Classmate Profiles, Message Forum, Contact Us, In Memory, and Home Page.

Enjoy the features like New Slideshow for: Pics–1953–Dave Dickinson, Bobcat-The MHS Mascot - Phil Pattie , New Stuff-Jack Farr, and Iowa Veterans Home-Jack Farr.

Enjoy the features like Class of 1953 Reunion photos 50th 55th 60th, for: 50th (2003)-Jack Farr, 55th Memories-Jack Farr, 55th Tremont-Jack Farr, 55th Tremont-Jerry Miller, 60th Tremont-Jim Maxted and Jack Farr, and 60th Mixer-Jack Farr.

The feature 55th by Jim Maxted contains reunion photos that were submitted by Jim. Transformations is just fun with the passing years. Then and Now-Jack Farr took the photos for this intial feature. Post Script Bits, comes from our Class of 1953 Post Script.

Send in your grade school class pictures or old photos (especially group photos with your Classmates) that you wish to share with your classmates. I will post them in the feature Photo & 30th Reunion. Your Classmates will have fun finding themselves, and their friends, in your old photos. Harold Small, Harold “Bud” Lowry, Jody Maxted, Richard Miller, and Darol Kaufmann (30th Reunion photos), all submitted photos for this feature.

The Missing Classmates feature is generated by a web site program.

Once you create a profile (by creating a password) you will be able to see the profiles of your fellow classmates and interact with them. Each profile has the picture of your classmate from the 1953 Post Script Year Book.

If you change your email address, or your regular mail address, or your phone number, please update this information in your profile. When we download a hard copy of the information we can then be confident that it is correct.

Please let us know if you are aware of a classmate that has died. If you can include an obituary, it will be included in the site. When only the date of death is known please include that information. Losing a Classmate is a sad event, but, we need to share this information with each other.

The home page has a MISSING CLASSMATES option, on the lower right side of the page, to advise a fellow classmate who has not joined our site to join with us. When you are aware of an email address of a missing student please send them an invitation to join the web site.

When you communicate with a classmate who does not have an email address (or computer); do not hesitate to advise them of They may wish to contact a friend or visit a local library, to use their computer, to join our web site. You do not need to be a computer junkie to enjoy our web community of friends. Our local library has several such users using their facilities. Please contact us if you are having any difficulty creating your profile, accessing your profile, or adding photos and videos, etc.