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Class of 1963 likes to think of themselves as mavericks


The 1963 alumni met for a two-day reunion celebration last week

by: SUMITTED - The Molalla High School Class of 1963 gathered for festivities at Coleman Ranch in Molalla last week.When Joe McKinney and Doug Gregory painted their class of ‘63 graffiti on the ceremonial rock at Heckard Field, a class member said, “We like to think of ourselves as mavericks.”

The rock painting kicked off the class’ 2-day 50th reunion last week.

Molalla Day started in the library on Friday. Several classmates took in a display of artwork classmates had created:?metal sculpture, note cards, cross-stitching, acrylic paintings, melted wax paintings, pencil drawings, quilts, underwater photography. Also on display scrapbooks from class reunions starting in 1973, posters showing classroom photos from elementary school they’d attended in Molalla.

Also on Molalla Day they viewed slide show prepared by Sheryl Erickson more than 300 photos depicting our lives from high school on, 1963 to 2013.

Some people went to visit the Dibble House museum and the historical Vaughn house.

In the evening, the classmates gathered at Cindy’s Café for an Italian buffet dinner.

Saturday was the highlight of the reunion.

“We met at Coleman Guest Ranch and had a good time visiting and reminiscing,” said Lorena Deardorff Shook, one of the event organizers. “We had a barbecue lunch featuring Colman beef prepared by classmate Gary Bush and his wife Bev.”

Shook and classmate John Bohlander hosted a short program in which they recognized members of the class who had served in the military. The class had members representing the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines. Judy Helvey Gregory spoke on ongoing class activities, including beach walks to Lincoln City, lunch at Marquam Inn, the Molalla Apple Festival, a trip to Champoeg and a crab feed at the home of classmates Tom and Linda Wallace near Salem. She also introduced six classmates who have been married 50 years: Gary and Lyla Shultz, Dan and Joy Cunningham, Len and Linda Misso, Dean and Darlene Stuck, Gordon and Sandi Kundert, and Tom and Linda Wallace.

The classmates received a reunion booklet featuring biographies and photos of classmates. Sheryl Erickson also spoke on the Alumni Scholarship, for which the class of ’63 raised more than $2,000 during this year alone. “This has been described by many as our best reunion so far,” Erickson said.