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carlene leyerle (curry)
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Been married to  Tom for over 40 years. We have two kids.  A son Josh and a daughter Heather and a granddaughter Adelai. She is 14 months old and the light of our life.

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Nicki Tassick (Decker)
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Wow!  Those 5 years went by fast!  Here we are on the threshold of our 45th anniversary ALREADY.  Looking forward to seeing you all again on Sept. 20th for another great gathering. 

What has changed in 5 years? Our family has grown (more ways than one) from 2 grandchildren to 7!  What a blessing and joy they are!!!  Looking forward to moving to the Eastern time zone very soon to be closer to all of them.

ATTENTION   PEORIA HEIGHTS & MONROE AVENUE GRADE SCHOOL CLASSMATES:

We will be having our own grade school reunion again on the afternoon of Friday, September 19, 2014.  (You will still have time to attend the evening event at Kouri's Pub.)  Please contact me  for further details if you have not received snail mail or e-mails about this event.  Tell other grade school classmates we are looking forward to seeing them there for 'meet your teachers'.  We will need paid reservations to know how much food and beverage to order.  Looking forward to seeing all you Rangers!!

Blessings to your & yours,
Nicki
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John Deffenbaugh
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Management consultant frontline-consultants.com Married 2
Been abroad since college, working in England, Scotland and Egypt.  Live in Glasgow at the weekends and London during the week.  Run marathons to keep fit.  Wife Penny a retired teacher, son John an architect working at Heathrow airport on the new terminals, and daughter Fiona a jewellery designer: www.blackpearlboutique.co.uk.  Co-founder of a consultancy, Frontline, director for 22 years, working in strategy and governance in the public sector and businesses.
Debbie Stodghill (Dew)
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I'm a bi-coastal mom.  My son lives in Danville, CA and my daughter lives in New York City.  I have one grandson 11 years old and a 7 year old grandaughter on the California side.  I retired in June, 2011 and moved back to the Peoria area.  Ric Olson and I live in a condo in Peoria.
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Rich Dickson
May 30, 1951 Retired Engineer, Cat Technical Center Married 2

Latest update: 04Feb16
Married to Bev for 39 years this Oct 1st. Two children:
Andy, 35 today; 3 years Army, BS architecture SIU, MS construction mgmt Wash U, lives in Chicago working for Crawford Company
Elisa, 34;  Peoria, IL PTA specialising in women's health. Married Chris Marchand, 03Jun06. Chris is the headmaster of Alethia School, a private, classical school (pre-K-12) in Peoria.
Three grandsons: Elliot 7, Micah 5, and Izaac 2
I retired from Cat Mossville Technical Center, Bldg L Engine Development Lab 30Jun14 with 35 years of service. I miss the technical challenge but not the politics. 
Bev and I support three Peoria charities, Habitat for Humanity, and Hillsdale College. We are Constitutional Conservatives.

Constitutional Conservatism flows from Judeo-Christian Biblical principles, but is religion-neutral — atheists can be (and are welcomed as) Constitutional Conservatives — Constitutional Conservatism does not seek to set up a religious government (as some conservatives desire). But in agreement with the original framers, freedom of religion is paramount to the Constitutional Conservative. However, religious freedom is freedom to, not freedom from. The foundation of Constitutional Conservatism stems from four simple ideas, expanding from one core principle — a return to the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Both major parties ignore the Constitution when it suits them, and this must not be.

  1. Textual interpretation of the Constitution — The Constitution is not a “living document”.
  2. Fiscal responsibility — If you spend more than you take in, you’re in trouble. All levels of government must balance budgets each year.
  3. Charity — It is not the role of government to take care of people. Each citizen has a moral responsibility to help those less fortunate.
  4. Personal responsibility — It’s time society stops allowing “victims” to shift the blame somewhere else.
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Ted Duke
Qwner Aardvark Pest & Termite Control Inc www.bugsworstenemy.com Married 3
After high school I spent one year near St.Louis then returned home to Peoria.  I went to work for Thompson Food Basket where I met and  married  Lana Pauli. We raised three great kids, Jacob, Erin and Abby. Jacob is the General Manager for an ethonol plant in Bluffton, Indiana, Erin is the North American Team Leader for New World Pasta and Abby is a toy buyer for Target.Com. Erin and Abby both reside in Minneapolis.  Erin married last summer and Jacob just got engaged last month. No grandchildren yet.
Thompson Food Basket went away in the fall of 2000. I managed branches for Terminix which took us to Omaha and Des Moines. I retired and we returned home to Peoria in the spring of 2007. Three months later I started Aardvark Pest & Termite. Now I kill bugs, trade options, work on our house renovation and play a little golf.
Looking forward to the reunion. Hats off to the organizers and what a great website. Thanks for all your work.
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Steve Elliott
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May 30, 1951 Retired Committed Relationship 3
Hi Schoolmates... I have lived various places around the country since getting out of NIU in "73". I moved to Southern California, lived there 13 years, 5 years in Texas and North Carolina since 1991. I was in management for a grocery chain for years, but now I'm retired living with Theresa, my beautiful girlfriend of 4 years. I live about 40 minutes from Wilmington N.C., which has offered Theresa and I the pleasure of doing some "extras" work in the film industry there. I have 3 kids, 1 in L.A., 1 in New Orleans and 1 in New Jersey. Family time is not nearly as often as I'd like! I, like many of us "boomers", reflect on my life with respect to living the remaining years in the most productive, meaningful manner.  Leaving this earth with "no regrets" would satisfy that passion. The picture submitted is Theresa, myself and my sister Linda.   Steve E Send Steve a MessageSend Steve a Message
Roger Ellison
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Rocky Mountain Pre Mix rockymountainpremix.com Married 4

  After High School I floundered around a bit . I first moved to San Diego for a while went back to Peoria then settled in Boulder Colorado in 1976 where I met my wife Karen. We just celebrated our 25th in August, my 17 year old daughter Colee had a baby boy Jaiden 2 months, my mother turned 90 in August , my wife turns 50 on Christmas day and I turn 58 0n October 9th. Imagine that! I had a son in High School that I did not know about. Surprise he called me when he was 30 and said I think you are my dad. Loren is now 40 and lives in Mt.Auburn Ill. Karen has a 29 year old Brianna who lives in San Diego. We also have a 23 year old son Justin who lives in Denver. Karen and I left Boulder in 1988 and moved to Las Vegas . We were there for 19 years. Didn't think I could take it that long but we did. We decided to move back to Beautiful Colorado 5 years ago. Karen runs and owns Tuscany Day Spa and Salon. I am still in the Ready Mix Concrete business that Ron Amundsen got me in. He is retired and lives in gorgeous Coasta Rica. Something is wrong with my plan. Many of us from Richwoods have visited Ron and of course Kevin Krieger down there.

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Brett Fernau
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Writer www.brettfernau.com Married
I am a writer, an artist, a husband, a friend, an avid reader, a shade-tree mechanic, a photographer, and a conservative. I love my wife, my cats, most of my family, my tools, a couple of my guitars, almost all of my books, and my friends. I take way too many photos, and spend too much time reading. My book collection is taking over my house.  I have published two books The Tenth Life and Zombies, Cats and Heroes, both of which are available through Amazon.com.
Karen Weber (Fulks)
April 29, 1951 Organizer Married
45 years ago we graduated?  No Way!!! 

I've been living in sunny Los Angeles since 1976 and mostly loving it (and yes, we DO have seasons other than fire, flood and earthquake:)

Have been married for almost 20 years to my heart-mate, Lyle Fulks who works for our Local SEIU Union as a Civil Service Advocate - loves what he does and stands up for justice!

I'm going into my 25th year of owning Organizer Extraordinaire.  Started out organizing everything under the sun and now have become a Quicken Maven and do personal bookkeeping.

Don't have childen of my own, but do have 9 nieces and nephews and 23 grand-nieces and grand-nephews - they keep my hopping!  

Life is good...and when it's not, we just go on.  I've lived in Los Angeles now longer than I lived in Peoria but have not forgotten my Midwestern "roots." 

Have a fabulous reunion - raise a glass for me!
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