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Hugh Nelson
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Retired muchadoaboutparis.com Married
After graduating from high school, I went to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, graduating in 1973 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The Naval Academy came as quite a shock to me - I had never seen the ocean and had no knowledge about the Navy. Somehow I survived that experience. I received a Masters Degree from Georgia Tech (nuclear engineering) in 1974, thinking that nuclear power might be a promising civilian career. Mais non.

I spent 20 years in the Navy in submarines, including command of the fast attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN715). My Navy career was pretty demanding, with a lot of difficult technical work mixed with occasionally unique and interesting experiences. It was actually quite an adventure, though it seemed perfectly normal at the time. I’m still trying to appreciate that. I have lived and traveled to many different places. USS Buffalo was recently decommissioned. It’s been 25 years since I left the Navy.

I retired in 1993 and worked for 5 years at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington as a research coordinator.
 
I married Brenda Prowse in 1989. She sold me a house when I moved to Washington State in 1985 to be executive officer on the Trident submarine Henry M Jackson. Years later, after I left the Navy and UW, I became part of her real estate company, which we started and operated together for 15 years in Poulsbo, Washington. At the end of 2012 we closed our brokerage. Brenda told me she wanted to move to Paris, France. Though I said that it would be impossible, though we first planned to stay only a year, we're still here after 5 years. We sold our house and most of our stuff, moving only some pieces of furniture, dishes, and some clothes to France in 2015. We wish we had moved less stuff.

When we lived in Poulsbo we traveled quite a bit, skiing in Europe, making several trips to Italy, visiting China in 2005 and India in 2006. Living in Europe is different than being on vacation, but we still have traveled a lot. We’ve become good friends with a French couple and have traveled with them to Cuba, Bali, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Tunisia, Corfu (Greece), and Thailand, as well as shorter trips within France. We mostly speak French together and have become part of their family, usually meeting them for dinner on Sundays, after which we play Scrabble in French. They have introduced us to a French experience that we could never have found for ourselves. 

I still run for exercise and this year finished my 25th Bloomsday 12k race in Spokane, WA. My mother-in-law lives there and still walks the race with my wife at age 92.

I’ve spent much of the past 5 years studying French and learning about French culture and history. Learning French has been a humbling experience. We have a web site - you can search for Much Ado About Paris.
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Jane Koenig (Nelson)
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retired Methodist Hospital Married 3
I also have 7 grandkids, all in Peoria Send Jane a MessageSend Jane a Message
John Nyman
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Hi Everyone,

It doesn't seem possible that we graduated 40 years ago.  My life has been full of adventure since then.  I was in the Navy for 20 years.  I retired in 1991. After living i the San Diego CA area I returned to Peoria in 1997.  Many things have changed but that is progress. I have been married twice and I have 4 boys. I married Amy Flynn, who graduated with us, in 2002  Presently I work for a retailer called WalMart (maybe you have heard of us).  What do I do there you ask?  My official tite is overnite grocery manager but I do whatever they say.  If I can get some time off I will be at the reunion I haven't been to one yet.  Look forward to hearing from some of you and I will try to put some pictures on here.

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John Nyman
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Not much has changed since my last update.  I will be at the reunion.  Hope to see you there. Send John a MessageSend John a Message
Ric Olson
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I have one son, Tony, 25, who lives in Peoria.  Happily retired and happily living with Debbie Dew in Peoria.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next reunion in 2014.  Send Ric a MessageSend Ric a Message
Howard Parthum
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Remodeling Contractor Married 2
After RHS I went to school for most the year at CSU in CO.  Left to change the world....and be changed.  I  returned to Peoria for a few years, including one at Bradley, spent a year in Allentown PA where I met my wife Terri.

We came back here to CO where we have lived ever since, in the northern parts of the Denver area.  I built the house, where we live now, in 1984 and have no plans to move.  Why would one leave this remarkable state for more than a visit somewhere?

I remodel houses, especially kitchens, baths, windows and occasionally still siding.  In addition I have done a couple of fix and flips.

Life is good.  I still try to make a difference, thinking globally and acting locally.

"Children are our legacy to a time we cannot see"

You can catch me on Facebook also



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Ginny Neokratis (Pratt)
April 15, 1951 Retired teacher Married 5
We are a Navy family with all 3 boys Navy! 6 grandchildren so far. Favorite place to be -  Charleston, South Carolina. 
Sandy Ista (Rahn)
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September 24, 1951 Retired Teacher Married 2
Celebrating 43 years of marriage this summer with my husband John who is retired from Caterpillar.  I retired from District 150 in 2012 and spilt my time between Delray Beach, FL and Peoria. Pink rocks at our house as we have 2 wonderful daughters who are Richwoods grads too.  Certainly have seen my share of football and basketball games!  Our oldest daughter Erin is a C. P. A. and works at State Farm as their Actuary Forms Director.   Our second daughter Molly is working on her Doctorate at ISU,, raising 2 babies, and teaches deaf preschool at V.aleska Hinton. I’m proud of them and their Mrs. degrees too.  Send Sandy a MessageSend Sandy a Message
Carol Holley (Rodsater)
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patient representative for MAS Married 2
Married 30 years to Jon. We have 2 wonderful children: son, Nick, who is a chiropractor in Huntersville, NC, just north of Charlotte, and daughter, Stacey, who graduates from high school in May, 2009 & will attend college in North Carolina in the fall.  We still live at Oak Run which is between Peoria and Galesburg. We bought a house in North Carolina near Lake Norman where we plan to retire in a couple of years.

Can't wait to see everyone at the reunion!
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Bill Sandstrom
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Sales Consultant Divorced 2
I have been living in the Dallas area since 1978. Married and divorced twice. I spent 17 years in the electrical wholesale business and 20 years in the car business. I am now the commercial sales manager for CarToys in Frisco, Texas. 

I have been raising my kids on my own for the last 6 years. My oldest is a Lance Corporal in the Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune and is currently going through desert training in preparation for deployment to Afhganistan in October. My youngest is in the eighth grade and way smarter than old dad. If you don't believe it, ask him. Other than that, life has been pretty ho-hum. I hope to be able to attend the reunion next year since I missed the last one. I hope to hear from you guys! 
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