Word was recently received a message from John Patten with an update on his condition after a heart attack on January 6.  John was treated with a fourth stent.  Four is the limit.  Given the event, John’s message was very thoughtful, humorous, philosophical and informative.  The good news is that John survived the event and is upbeat about the future. He has committed himself to a lifestyle change.  Specifically he says, "With no options left for bypass surgery, and few possibilities for locating any further stents, I need to give strong consideration to going on a strict diet - for the rest of my life.”  He concluded his message with the statement below:
"Life is a precious blessing and I'm deciding to hang on, by the grace of God, to another day, another year, or even ten. Hug those close to you and be sure to say the important things. "

If you would like to send John a message, here’s his email address:

Prayers are requested for Jiggs VanRyan and his wife Donna. She is battling an unknown cancer.


One of our classmates, Sue Gilkes, was recently married. If you would like to send her a card, her address is:

Jim and Susan Howell
890 Windsor Drive #5
Fontana WI   53125




Our next luncheon get together will be on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  (Note the change of day from our usual Tuesday gatherings.)  Watch here for further details regarding place and time.  Hope to see you all there!



The Fifth Annual Red Sweater Luncheon was held on December 4, 2014, at the Faribault Country Club.  There were 31 classmates, spouses, and friends in attendance.  Great conversation, great memories shared, and great food!  To view a slide show of the event, CLICK HERE.



On November 13, 2014, some eleven classmates, spouses, and other friends joined John and Ahne Patten at Winjum's Shady Acres for lunch. John and Ahne were visiting Faribault from their home in Alaska.  Many memories and stories were shared among those gathered.  To view pictures of the gathering, CLICK HERE  


For summaries and pictures of previous Class Luncheons, the Class 70th Birthday Party, the 45th and 50th Class Reunions, and several other getherings and get-togethers, CLICK HERE


It is important to stay in touch, so as your contact information changes (what with retirements, "moving to the lake", etc.) be sure to contact either of the following with the latest information so that we can contact you with all the class news and updates, along with information regarding future class gatherings.

Jim Hanson at
Roy (Butch) Welsandt at


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