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February 8, 2014
Note from Barrie Smith:
Two years ago at our 50th Reunion it occurred to me that opportunities for us to reunite are fewer than ever. Waiting 5 years to see everyone again seemed too far off. This year we have the chance to finish off some of those conversations that were too short in 2012, and also start fresh ones with those who could not make the last one. Our classmates have been busy putting together venues that will offer something for everyone. They have planned two full days of activities. Please click on the 52nd Reunion 2014 link to review the schedule for times and places.
One of the great experiences of my life has been to reconnect with former classmates. Their lives and accomplishments are an inspiration to me. We have a great class.
Please plan now to attend!
Barrie Smith Class of ‘62
August 28, 2013
Heartfelt note from Marti Unger:
Karen Kessler Tillis and I attended a Celebration of Life for Tim Howard last Saturday at GG Park, next to Bolsa HS. His family hosted a gathering under one of the large covered picnic areas. It was an informal and yet such a very special event.
Tim's brothers, Mike and Tom, were there, sister Kris, his daughter and sweet little granddaughter, his wonderful Alice Carey, former Air Force and personal friends, and a few Rancho friends as well.
Those from RAHS included Doug Beauchamp, Ron Biener, Bonnie Hansen North, Andy Tabscott Gula and husband John, Pam Maxwell, Barbara Callard...not all from '62, and I know I'm missing a few others...
After several speakers shared special memories of Tim, two young uniformed military cadets (I think) performed a flag ceremony and then taps were played. Oh, my stars...so touching.
There were two tables of mementos and memorabilia, two laptops with photos, and a lunch provided as those present visited and reminisced.
I remembered that Tim had been an Eagle Scout, but was amazed to read an old newspaper clipping about the THREE Eagle Scouts in the Howard family. When Tim became an Eagle Scout, it was the first time in the history of Orange County that three OC brothers had attained that rank. Pretty special!
August 2, 2013
We are very sad to report that Tim Howard, RAHS Class of '62, passed away on July 12, 2013 in Lake Havasu City. Tim's family is having a Celebration of Life in memory of Tim on August 25th, 2013. They are asking for an RSVP so they can plan food appropriately.
Arrangements were made at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory in Lake Havasu City. Thoughts and condolences can be made at
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Tim's name to his alma mater, Rancho Alamitos High School Alumni Association at
or the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) at
Tim's Memorial Page and Obituary
Celebration of Life Invitation
June 9, 2013
Walt and Marti Unger recently returned from a fabulous seven week European vacation to Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany and France. They picked up a new Peugeot car in Geneva and drove it about 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) through an area smaller than the size of the state of California. Check out one of their nearly 2,400 photos here.
Welcome home, Walt and Marti, we missed you!
March 22, 2013
It's been a while since we've added any updates here but a lot has been happening.
It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Eloise Meador, much loved teacher and counselor at Rancho during the 60's and 70's and 80's. She passed away Tuesday, January 8 2013. Eloise had been seen at many recent alumni functions and always lit up the room with her smile. Our condolensces to her daughter Barbara Callard, RAHS Class of '64. Eloise will be missed.
Tim Howard, class of '62, is returning home to Lake Havasu from a hospital in Phoenix after extensive surgery and a few weeks recovery. Specialists removed his cancerous stomach and 9in of his esophagus. The doctors said he did well during the 5 hour operation! Prayers for safe, comfortable travels home to Lake Havasu - his sister Kris Cox says it's about a 4 hour drive. He will begin chemo and radiation in about 5 or 6 weeks in Havasu! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim, his sister Kris, his wife Alice, and the rest of his family. Thank you for keeping us updated Kris!
November 15, 2012
Note from Jim Silva, California State Assemblyman and RAHS Class of '62 Classmate
A Final Note
As you may be aware, my tenure in the State Legislature is soon coming to a close. Representing the people of the 67th Assembly District has been a privilege and I am grateful for the trust placed in me to be your voice in Sacramento.
During my six years in office, I had the unique and remarkable opportunity to work with two Governors and countless other individuals to accomplish great things for our region and our state. I am proud to have been a conservative and pragmatic Assembly Member that always did what I thought was best for our district. In recent times, our state faced many important issues, several of which remain topics of discussion. (Click here to read more)
November 2, 2012
Barrie Smith and his wife Jan have settled into their new home in Missouri for the next couple of years. He writes that driving around the area brings back many memories of his active duty days there in the mid 1970's. Barrie has been busy holding church services for the new soldiers and tending to their needs. They have allied themselves with the USO to be part of their regular program and also to work with the Wounded Warrior Unit.
Please note Barrie's new email and mailing address in the class directory. (If you need the login ID and password - please email us.)
August 10, 2012
We have had many positive comments on our 2012 Reunion and requests to start planning another in the future. Members of the 50th Reunion committee have positive feelings about planning another get together in the Fall of 2014. This would be a casual affair focused on the Huntington Beach area with an afternoon at the beach and an evening at a local restaurant. The cost would be approximately $50 per person. Please let us know if this would be of interest to you.
Barbara Beard has finished adding photos and slides of our 50th Reunion to the DVD that she produced for the Friday venue. This is now for sale for $20 (includes shipping). Anyone interested please send a check to Barrie Smith. The following are interesting facts on the DVD:
Approximately 1790 photos in show...give or take 10 to 20 either way
624 slides in show
Run time 1 hour 40 minutes....give or take 5 minutes either way
37 songs in soundtrack
August 15, 2012
(Note from Barrie) POST REUNION NEWS AND TRAVELS:
On March 18th Jan and I boarded a Carnival Cruise Line ship and visited the Mexican Riviera with Dave and Cyndi Rardin. Just 2 couples from our class but it was great. We enjoyed each other so much that we never got off the boat for excursions. When we returned to Long Beach we had a new grand son in Salt Lake so we headed to Utah for a visit. Cyndi's mom passed away and she remained for a while in Southern California. After a week in Salt Lake a grand daughter was born to my youngest daughter in Switzerland. So we packed up and spent two weeks "helping" the new mother manage her first born. We found Switzerland very quiet and peaceful, albeit expensive. I did daily hiking and biking - visiting Baden, Zurich, and Lake Constance. My German is very elementary, but I found that I could get along.
Last week I spent a week in the central Idaho mountains with my grandsons. We had a grand time. Grandma found the peace and quiet in a comfortable home was equally fun. Next week we return to Switzerland to visit the Alps, Lugano, Lake Como, Sweden, and Denmark. We have a return cruise from Copenhagen to New York the end of September. We will then spend two days in Manhatten and then return home on the 27th.
We are well and are having exciting times seeing new places and meeting new people.
I hope you are all well and enjoying this time of life.
April 1, 2012
On March 16, 17, and 18 Rancho Vaqueros, class of '62 and friends came together at the Anaheim Marriott Suites from far and wide to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our graduation. The three day event was a great success and the pictures are in the process of being posted on the 50th reunion pages (please click the link below):
If anyone has pictures he would like to share, please email them to email@example.com. Please check back often as new photos are being posted daily.
February 20, 2012
Karen Kelso Robles, class of '62, passed away on February 19, 2012. If you would like to honor Karen you can continue to help her fight for a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by making a donation in her name to Muscular Dystrophy Association: mda.org/help/donate/,
click on "Gift in Memory" and fill in the form.
Karen was a remarkable woman. We are so sorry for your loss Laura and family.
February 16, 2012
Karen Kelso Robles's daughter Laura writes that her mother had quadruple bypass surgery on January 6th and has been in the hospital ever since. She is not doing well and has been moved to a hospice facility. We know how hard this must be for you, Laura, as well as your mother and our love and prayers are with you both.
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