40th Reunion 2008

 October 3 - 5, 2008

These classmates and guests attended the 40th Class Reunion.  They attending one or more of the weekend events.

Ron & Rhae (Dodson) Alvis                                 Carolyn (Collum) & Charlie Arnold            

John Bell                                                              Dennis Bond                                         

Paul & Marilyn Branson                                       Chris & Charolett Brown

Billie (Purdue) Bryant                                           Karen (Shellabarger) Burris                     

Bob & Vicki Cantrell                                             Ruth (Grizzle) Cash-Smith                    

Jeannell (Gaston) & Mike Charman                     Dee Dee (Hackworth) Cordes

Jim Davidson                                                       Vickie (Osborne) & Melvin Garren          

Dr Mary Ellen (Edwards) Grimes & Terry Atchison    John & Janet Hays       

Cathy (Glosser) Heimlich                                   Patty (Duncan) & Bill Helpingstine

Garry & Glenda Hunter                                      Bob & Susan Jamison                           

Bill & Barb Kemp                                               Jim Kohrig

Brenda (Hudgens) & Steve Loew                     Jeannie (Wooldridge) & Larry Malone   

Marilyn (Collier) Matheny                                 Kathy (Braden) Matthews                      

Mick & Linda McGuire                                     Greg Meador 

Bert Meadows                                                  Nancy (Parish) & Glen Meyer

Elaine (Petrea) & Pete Meyers                        Don & Iris Miller          

Roy & Cheryl Osborn                                       Bruce Porter                                           

Janet (Arndt) Pratt                                           Mary Anne (Robinson) Pruden

Billie (Purdue) Bryant                                      Jack Riley

Rita (Goble) Rogers                                        Randy & Diane Rollinson
Catfish & Paula Russell                                  Doug Shook

Barbara (Carlson)& Herb Schoonover            Toni (Shinn) & Ron Strieker

Dr. Beverly (Stonecipher) & Dr. Randy Tozer   Ruth (Gray) Thompson
Kandy (Rhodes) & Paul Vallina                        
Mike & Carol Vieira
Steve & Victoria Quinn                                     Brad Woo


The SCHS Class of 1968  40th Class Reunion

Friday, October 3, 2008

Hot Dog! Rain or Shine…We’re having a cookout & bonfire at the home of Janet Pratt, 3449 Selmaville Road, 6 p.m. until Whenever. We’ll provide the food —all you need to bring is whatever you would like to drink. If you live locally, bring lawn chairs; otherwise, no problem we’ll have plenty. The entire family is welcome!

Saturday, October 4

Tee Time! Bob Cantrell is organizing a morning golf outing at the Salem Country Club. 

Little Egypt Festival & Parade—2 p.m. Salem Travel will serve as our personal hospitality room. You can watch from the office at 111 N Broadway or cruise the parade in your ‘64 -’68 car. Drop off your lawn chairs early and stake out your viewing spot. The northwest side of the block will be cordoned off for our classmates and our families, friends and teachers.

Dinner & Reception —The Orchard View Winery in Alma will host our dinner and reception. Social hour 6 p.m.–7 p.m. Class photo at 6:45 p.m. A catered dinner will be served at 7 p.m. We need your RSVP today to help us determine an accurate dinner count. We have reserved the facility until midnight so you can catch up with your classmates and enjoy the festivities.

Sunday—October 5

Morning Worship—Grace Methodist Church 10:30 AM

Lunch & Reception— at the Brown Ground, the home of Chris and Charolett Brown, 101 Roddy Road, Salem, IL 62881. Lunch will be catered at noon. Families welcome. 

                   The cost for the weekend is $30 per person.

Make checks payable to: SCHS Class of ‘68

Mail to:

J. Malone, 300 West Warmouth Street, Salem, IL 62881


Newspaper article by Jeannell Charman & Ruth Cash-Smith.

SCHS Class of 1968 Enjoys a Fun-Filled Reunion Weekend

Over 50 members of the SCHS Class of 1968 recently gathered in Salem for their 40th Class Reunion. Those attending were deeply appreciative to the planning committee for pulling together such an ambitious fun-filled weekend. The committee was composed of Janet Pratt, Jeannie Malone, Jeannell Charman, Brenda Loew and Jim Davidson.

The festivities kicked off Friday night, October 3, at the home of Janet Pratt, who hosted a wiener roast and bonfire.  Classmates and spouses lent a hand: Nancy Meyer provided the chili, Ron Alvis whittled the hot dog sticks, Mike Charman made the bonfire, and Garry Hunter provided the watermelons.

On Saturday morning Bob Cantrell organized a morning golf outing at the Salem Country Club. In the afternoon, many classmates and their families gathered at Salem Travel to watch the Little Egypt Festival & Parade together.


That evening reception was held Saturday evening at the Orchard View Winery in Alma. Brad and Lisa Mazanek and Pete and Monica Watson, owners of the winery, were excellent hosts, arranging perfect weather and a warm cozy ambiance.  A special thanks to Paula Russell for encouraging the Mazanek boys to build a bonfire. 

The dinner was catered by Southern Comfort Catering of Kinmundy, who outdid themselves by providing a sumptuous meal of pork and chicken with all the trimmings.

Classmates contributed to the evening festivities as well: Janet Pratt provided the sound system, Jeannie Malone provided the centerpieces, and Toni Strieker provided a copy of the Class Prophecy. Following a social hour, Bob Jamison, Class President, welcomed the classmates and guests.  Bruce Porter gave a presentation on the history of rock n' roll at SCHS.  Amid much guffaws, Brad Woodruff shared his comedy talents by offering a look back at life in the 1960's compared to life today.

Classmates from 1968 who have passed away were honored in a display prepared by Janet Pratt with research done by Janet and Brenda Loew. The class remembered classmates Carl Albert, Janet Behnke, Carol Sinclair Brewer, Alan Buroughs, David Cantrell, David Deason, Janet Dial, Lynn Donoho, John Kohrig, Dana Woolridge Harmon, Brad Johnson, Gary Pickel, Barbara McLean Jourdan,  Dorothy Wilson Littrell, and  Lloyd Wimberly.

Janet Pratt also created a display in tribute to the service men and women in the Class of 1968 and their families.

Attending the reunion were, Ron & Rhae (Dodson) Alvis, Carolyn (Collum) & Charlie Arnold,  John Bell, Dennis Bond, Paul & Marilyn Branson, Chris & Charolett Brown, Billie (Purdue) Bryant, Karen (Shellabarger) Burris, Bob &  Vicki Cantrell, Ruth (Grizzle) Cash-Smith, Jeannell (Gaston) & Mike Charman,  Dee Dee (Hackworth) Cordes, Jim Davidson, Vickie (Osborn) & Melvin Garren, Mary Ellen (Edwards) Grimes & Terry Atchison, John & Janet Hays, Cathy (Glosser) Heimlich, Patty (Duncan) & Bill Helpingstine, Garry & Glenda Hunter, Bob & Susan Jamison,  Bill & Barb Kemp, Jim Kohrig, Brenda (Hudgens) & Steve Loew, Jeannie (Wooldridge) & Larry Malone, Marilyn (Collier) Matheny, Kathy (Braden) Matthews, Mick & Linda McGuire, Greg Meador, Bert Meadows, Nancy (Parish) & Glen Meyer, Elaine (Petrea) & Pete Meyers, Don & Iris Miller, Roy & Cheryl Osborn, Bruce Porter, Janet (Arndt) Pratt, Mary Anne (Robinson) Pruden, Rita (Goble) Rogers, Randy & Diane Rollinson, Catfish & Paula Russell, Barbara (Carlson) & Herb Schoonover, Dr. Beverly (Stonecipher) & Dr. Randy Tozer, Toni (Shinn) & Ron Strieker, Ruth (Gray) Thompson, Kandy (Rhodes) & Paul Vallina, Mike & Carol Vieira, Steve & Victoria Quinn and Brad Woodruff.

On Sunday morning classmates joined Jeannie Malone and Jim Davidson at Grace Methodist Church for morning worship.

The weekend festivities concluded with an afternoon reception at the lovely home of Chris and Charolett Brown on Roddy Road in Salem.  A complete lunch featuring bar-b-que pork lunch was served and delivered by Southern Comfort Catering.   Debby Sill and Derek Hulva were commended for doing such an exceptional catering job.

A group photo can be purchased from Marie Strong in Salem for $15.  Photos of the reunion can be seen at
www.schs1968.com  DVD of the reunion is available for $15. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy can contact Jeannell Charman at Salem Travel 1-618-548-6000.

Because the class so enjoyed connecting with another, the class website is:  www.schs1968.com.  The website is operational but improving daily. Donations toward the cost of the site and continued maintenance can be mailed to Jeannie Malone, SCHS 1968, 300 W Warmoth, Salem, IL 62881 or made online once the site is operational.

Plans area already underway for the Class of ’68 to hold its 45th reunion in 2013.

There are several classmates that the committee was unable to locate this year. Please let a committee member know if you are able to assist in locating the following people: Lonnie Ahlen, Nancy Kendrick Allen, Virginia Borcherding, David Broom, Phyllis Dees, Dorothy Devore, Glen Halfacre, Linda Hamblin, Karen Hambright, Dale Hancock, Bill Hilderband, Sheila Huff,  Glenna Finn, Margaret Groff, Donna Kinty,  Nancy Neudecker, Nancy Noble, Sharon Parish, Diana Ring and Larry White.