Life's Adventures

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Some of us travel, others learn new talents, volunteer, and take on new challenges.  

Please share these experiences as a way for us to continue to get to know each other

as we grow and change through the years.

Roger Kleckner "toasts" to the 

Class of 1965..."enjoy the ride".

Classmate, Mike Bailey, and his wife, Hope, had a wonderful 16 day trip to Scotland and Ireland in celebration of their 45th wedding anniversary.  A highlight was Blarney castle pictured in the background in Blarney, Ireland.

Classmate, Hank Stonerook, might have his pacemaker to thank for not bungee jumping... but I think all his travels are still epic!  Hank and wife, Janet, just got back from a 2.5 week to Australia and New Zealand.  They biked more than 200 miles along the west coast of the south island of New Zealand along the Tasman Sea. They toured everything from the beautiful, cosmopolitan Syndey to overnighting on a sheep farm.  Hank and Janet love to travel and we are so happy they are sharing this adventure with us. 

After graduation, in 1965, several of our classmates entered the military. Classmate Dennis Walker has shared this picture of some of our hometown boys as they graduated from Navy training in San Diego, California.  That's far away from home and a long time ago, but just seeing a photo like this brings it all back and closer to our hearts.  We will never be able to thank all our veterans often enough for the service they gave to our country during such tumultuous times. As a class, though, we will continue to recognize their importance to us as representatives of the SHS Class of 1965.  Visit our "Veterans" page for more information. 

At many of our reunion events, classmate Jim Jackson entertains the crowd with his DJ services and rockin' music.  Today he takes the helm as the President of Sandusky's NAACP.  Jim is a Vietnam veteran and retiree of Delphi. He is also married to classmate, Marva.  

Severance Hall in Cleveland is regarded by many music lovers as one of the world's most wonderful performance centers. Founded in 1918, it took some of our classmates almost 100 years to visit the site!  But the occasion was pretty special as our classmate, Jackie White Day, was making her singing debut with the Cleveland Pops "Salute to our Armed Forces" concert.

Dan Houdeshell attended Ontario school through 5th grade, then traveled to Sycamore for 6th and joined all of us at Adams and Jackson.  Then he traveled again, this time to Huron to finish out his K-12 education. Then off he went into the Navy with his world travels setting a pattern of adventure that has lasted past his retirement in 2001.  Dan  hooked up on a consulting job with Boeing out in Seattle on and off for 5 years. From the spectacular  Northwest he traveled onto Melbourne, Australia, then to Antarctica for 2 years, followed by travels to Christchurch, New Zealand and Rarotonga (an island in the South Pacific).  Dan now travels "back to us" as he rekindles friendships from his early days as our classmate.  Dan and his wife joined us at our 65th Birthday Party in 2012

Please share your adventure


Classmate Glenda Bellamy-Andrews and her husband, Ken, were recently honored with the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award.  This award recognizes the contributions to the community by an individual who exemplifies the Human Rights Commission's ideals to ensure human dignity through advocacy, education, negotiation and information that ensures understanding and respect among all people and discourages discriminatory practices.  


Glenda has been the Executive Director of Jubilee House since 2006, a daytime drop in center with an average of 45 people day providing showers, laundry, meals, clothing, counseling or just a gentle hand and/or ear to listen.  We are proud of the dignity Glenda brings to the less fortunate and homeless population of the Grand Traverse Area.

Classmate, Dennis Cole, might be better known to his college students as "Professor" but to others he remains a lifelong musician.  Dennis remembers well after his high school graduation the fun he had forming bands and oft times playing at Gem Beach.  While both higher education and writing have filled these last many years, he has also managed to fill his life with his music.  Still not retired, his fender guitars keep the music alive.  And as we always have believed, "Rock and Roll will never die"

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