Pugh, Eugene-Gene

Eugene Pugh

Great to hear from another former Enid resident (referring to Bob Zimmerman). I attended Garfield in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade with the same teachers you had. Guess I did not make much of an impression. LOL. We moved to Florence, Kansas for some of my junior high years. I think Florence is about 30 or 40 miles from Newton.

Now to summarize the last 50 years.
Personal: Married to one wife forever with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Education.
Undergraduate degrees from Purdue and graduate degree from Central Michigan.

Work experience: Returned to Enid and worked for an Air Force contractor at Vance AFB for about 6 years in their computer department, with 2 years out for active army duty. Then accepted Civil Service position in Mineral Wells, Texas as Chief of Systems and Programming. After a few years there, I transferred to Indianapolis, Indiana at the Defense Finance Center. Finished my Federal career in Indianapolis with temporary assignments throughout to US. Retired at the end of 1995 and have spent my retirement years with some teaching, some income tax preparation, and other short term jobs.

Current activity. We just built a new home south of Terre Haute, Indiana. Home was finished in October of 2007. We have only lived there for a couple of months. This is due to the fact that we spend the winters on the Texas Gulf Coast at Mustang Island. I am now 68 years old and believe my work history is complete. We will be returning to Indiana in April and my next project is to take care of landscaping my property. Then lots of travel and visiting family and friends. Have a great retirement.
Gene

McManemin, Frances

 Frances McManemin

After high school graduation I attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. I majored in education and received my BS in the summer of 1962. During high school I dated Paul Gauley. We married September 10, 1960 just after he graduated from pilots training at Vance AFB. We moved to Plattsburg, NY where he flew KC-97s and I attended The State University of NY at Plattsburg. I spent the summer of 1962 at OSU and completed my degree. When I returned to Plattsburg I taught school for 2 years. At that time Paul was transferred into KC-135s and we lived in Merced, CA while he received his training. We then moved to Ft. Worth, TX in 1964 and lived at Carswell AFB for about 2.5 years. While there I started graduate school at TCU majoring in Speech and Hearing Pathology.

In the spring of 1964, Paul received a much coveted transfer to fighter pilot school and we moved again to North Las Vegas, NV where he trained to fly F-105s. In November, 1966 he left the US and was stationed in Thailand flying the F-105s over North Vietnam, Laos, and NE Thailand. On January 10, 1967 he was shot down. He was declared KIA but his body has never been recovered although the site where his plane went down has been explored by the teams excavating such sites in both North and South Vietnam and Laos. During the time he was overseas I stayed in Stillwater but after his plane went down I moved back to Ft. Worth and returned to graduate school.

In May of 1968, I married Al Jones and acquired a 5 year old step-daughter, Holly at the same time. We lived in Weatherford and I was a stay at home wife for awhile. On December 2, 1969 we had a baby daughter, Heather Allison. Heather is now 37 years old and has 2 daughters and a husband, David. My oldest granddaughter is Allison (19) who will be a sophomore at SMU this fall. Her sister is 14 year old Sarah who will be in the 9th grade in Midlothian, TX.

Al and I moved to and worked in Baton Rouge, LA for 2 years and then moved back to live and work in Ft. Worth for 2 more years. We both worked for Tandy Corporation. We were then transferred to Tulsa and lived there about 3 years. When we moved to Dallas, I worked for about a year and returned to graduate school at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. I had intended to find a masters program in psychology but instead found myself in a doctoral program in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. I graduated with a PhD in Psychology in Dec 1985. I did an internship at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Tx. and a post-doctoral fellowship at a rehabilitation center in Dallas and stayed with them for about 10 years (till 1995). Al and I divorced in 1990.

Since 1995 I have had my own business, seeing private patients, and consulting in physiological monitoring (biofeedback, neurofeedback, phototherapy, Heart Rate Variability, and Quantitative EEG). I taught biofeedback at the UNT (North Texas) psychology department from 1991 to 1998. In 1998 I moved to San Francisco, CA . During this time I also traveled back and forth to Belgium doing consulting work there. I moved back to Dallas in 2001 and have lived and worked here part-time ever since. During these years, I have had some health challenges but seem to keep on keeping on.

For those of you who knew my family, my father died in 1966 just 6 months before Paul; my sister, Lois in 1987; and my mother in 1999. My other sister, Ruth, lives near me in Arlington, Tx.

Easton, Gary

Gary Easton

After graduation from Enid High, I attended Oklahoma University then Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1962. Commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force through the ROTC program, I went directly into the Air Force at Springfield, MA. My other “sister,” Sue Holley Hagopian was living there, so it was like having “family” in MA. After three years in Massachusetts, I was offered an assignment to Wiesbaden, Germany, jumped at the opportunity and ended up spending 24 years in the Air Force, with over 10 years in the Pentagon. While in Germany, I learned to speak German, much to the great surprise, I’m sure, of my old college German professor. From 2002 to 2004 I was on a consulting job near Frankfurt, Germany and much to my surprise, I hadn’t lost my German.

After living in Washington, DC, for ten years, when it was time to retire, in 1985, I took a job as a manager with Arthur Young and Company in downtown Washington. I was in the international consulting practice providing industrial engineering management support to government agencies in the US and Europe. Arthur Young tanked for the same shady auditing practices like the other “Arthur,” Arthur Anderson, auditor for ENRON. One of my old Air Force buddies offered me a job with his consulting firm, where I spent the next 14 years providing industrial engineering consulting support in the US, Europe and the Balkans. In 2004, I took a teaching position with the Defense Acquisition University, developing and teaching government contracting courses to federal employees. I am still working there because, like Jim Faulkner, our wives would have us busy doing really “important” things, around the house! Jim and I have a contest to see who will work the longest!

I am married to Myra, whom I met, thanks to one of our 1957 classmates, Derel Schrock. Derel was a pilot for TWA in Kansas City. He was having a New Years Eve party and when I indicated that I would come, Derel said that he would introduce me to a special friend. One year later, Myra and I were married – thanks to Derel! Myra was a TWA flight attendant, so we had lots of opportunity to travel – which I am not totally enamored with, since it seems like I spend most of my life in an airliner seat anyway! Myra retired from TWA in 1992 after 24 years in the air and went back to school to obtain her second degree in interior design. After graduation from Marymount University here in Washington, DC, she started her own business as an interior designer.

My wife and I have two children: a daughter, Susan, age 40 something, married to Colonel Jim Post, 20th Fighter Wing Commander at Shaw AFB, SC. They have two children, Lauren and Nelson. Our son David, age 39, is an Accounts Manager for a food service company and lives in Austin, Texas. He is married to Kristi, a self employed medical records accounts manager, with three children, Kelsey, Jacob and Dylan.

Other Information /Comments:
–Favorite Subject in school: Sciences
–Favorite teacher: Mr. Hemphill
–Favorite song: “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller.
–Favorite eating place in 56-57: Mike’s Steakhouse, North Enid. Alleged to have been a “speakeasy” during prohibition, and still had the aura that something not quite legal going on in, since Oklahoma was still a “dry” state in 1957.
–Favorite teen age hang out: Cruising the Main Street Dairy Queen.
–Favorite past time: Hanging out with the guys and gals.
–Name of a friend with a car: My sister Jeanne. Since I was grounded so much, I had to bribe Jeanne to use the car since she was the only one with the gasoline ration!
–Favorite person you dated in school: You’ve got to be kidding! We’re having a reunion!

Bodes, Gene

Gene Bodes
Carrollton Texas.

After graduating from EHS, I enlisted in the Air Force at the insistence of my mentor, Bob Hayes. We were going to see the world. Bob ended up in North Texas and I in Japan. I enrolled at Oklahoma State University in 1961 and graduated with a degree in Economics in 1965.

I married Ada L. Johnson of Kemp, Texas in 1964. We have two daughters and one grand daughter.

In 1965, I became employed by a Dallas consulting company: DeGolyer and MacNaughton. I worked for them 34 years and made business trips to a number of foreign countries. The best trip was to Australia and the worst was to Nigeria.

I was a member of Carrollton Parks Board and a manager of a girl’s softball team for eight years. I also was a member of Safari International. My current occupation is managing my IRA. My favorite hobby is playing the ponies.

Marler, William Coleman

Coleman Marler (September 11, 1939 – March 27, 2008)

William Coleman Marler, 68, died Thursday, March 27, 2008. He was known to many of his classmates by his middle name, Coleman. He was born September 11, 1939 to John and Jeannette Marler in Enid, OK. He married Pat Vaughan in Oklahoma City, his wife of 34 years. Coleman is survived by his wife and two sons, Eric and Mike, both of Edmond. He is also survived by a twin brother, Conrad Marler of Enid, brother and sister twins John Marler of Shreveport, LA and Joan Sparks of Flower Mound, TX; sister, Sara Bates of Niceville, FL and two grandchildren. Coleman served in the U.S. Air Force four years and graduated from Central State University in Edmond.

He was quick to smile, a friend to all, and shared his passion for gardening with all he knew. Graveside services were held Sunday, March 30, 2008, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 N. Grand Blvd, OKC. (Published in The Oklahoman on 3/29/2008)

Braithwaite Johnson, Glenda

Glenda Braithwaite-Johnson

It is really hard to compartmentalize my life….there’s been so many years. Can’t believe that it’s been 50 years since graduation and that I will be 68 on October 5. It is nice of the class to hold such a fun birthday party for me. Where to begin? …….After EHS it was on to Oklahoma University to become a Sooner where I stayed until ’62 graduating with a Masters in education; Picking up this degree as added insurance never really thinking I would be an actual teacher. The next phase was the “Air Force years”, having children, and living the good life as an AF wife.

Then, the “early Kansas years” which included having another child and getting the 3 into school. I divorced and started “the teaching years” which lasted almost 25 years. My husband Vern Johnson and I have been married 25 years blending five children together in 1982. I survived teaching ninth graders for most of those years and loved the subject that I taught, World Geography. Guess I caught the travel bug when I visited my father in Iraq after my ninth grade year. Some highlights of the teaching years: attending a five week seminar in Washington D.C. sponsored by National Geographic (for a geography teacher, that’s like going to Mecca), attending a two week geography institute in Japan, getting the Kansas Geography Alliance started and other school related events.

I have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren. My husband fathered 2 children in an earlier marriage but we lost one, a son, at age 39. Vern has another 3 grandchildren, whom I consider mine. Vern’s other child, Kristen (41) is a pharmaceutical representative for Glaxo Kline Smith Beecham. My son, Mak Knighton, is a computer 3-D animator and lives in London. Amanda, my youngest, is a stay at home Mom expecting my sixth grandchild in January at age 39. She has been a producer-writer for Universal Studios in Orlando before starting her own family. Kelly is my middle child and a very special blessing in that she often reminds me to trust God for direction rather than to lean on my own understanding.

Vern and I have entered “the retirement phase of our life” and do nothing better than anyone we know. Actually, we travel quite a bit both nationally and internationally. Our children and grandchildren are scattered across the country and my son lives in London which takes us across the pond every few years. We live in Overland Park located in NE Kansas and is considered part of the Kansas City, MO metro area so we cheer for the Chiefs and the Royals, but I have never forgotten my Sooners and am looking forward to another great football season for OU. I must confess that I have been indoctrinated into loving KU basketball. Looking forward to seeing all of you.

Glenda Braithwaite-Johnson
PS. Look for a blonde Braithwaite

Roe, Howard

Howard Roe

 

After graduation I attended Wichita State University on a football scholarship. I lettered three years in football and three years in baseball. I was fortunate to play for one of the finest baseball programs in the country with wonderful coaches in both football and baseball. Our team won the Missouri Valley Conference Football Championship my senior year and I was honored to be selected to the All-MVC Squad. I received my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and my Master’s Degree in Personnel Management at the University. That is where I met my wife Joan and we just celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary this past June. She is a beautiful and talented person and we have two beautiful daughters ( Stephanie and Suzanne) who both live in Colorado with their husbands and children within 20 miles of each other. We have four grandchildren Eric, Blake , Jack and little “Libby” who was born on June 14 Flag Day a year ago. They are all a delight and each so different personality wise and we love being within easy driving distance from them. Joan is a concert pianist and was selected as Miss Nebraska in 1959 when at that time there was as much emphasis placed on talent as there was beauty.

 

My career commenced in Wichita where I taught, coached, counseled and was a school principal for a total of ten years. After that stint I joined the Farm Credit Banks in Wichita and served as their Director of Personnel for the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. I relocated with their national organization to Denver and served as the National Personnel Service Director. After three years in that position and not wishing to transfer to the Washington D.C. area I wound up in the Oil and Gas Industry for ten years which was a wonderful opportunity to work in the financial district of Denver. My company at that time relocated to Houston; however I had no desire to leave Colorado. That is when I wound up my corporate career with Lockheed Martin Astronautics where I served as their Director of Staffing and College and Employee Relations Department Head. This was a fascinating area of employment for 12 years and I had opportunities to meet and get acquainted with many of our Astronauts… two of which we employed at Lockheed after completing their missions.

 

During my corporate career I also had a dual career during those years. I was a Referee in the Big Eight Football Conference for seven years prior to being recruited by the National Football League. I spent 14 seasons on the field as a Referee in the NFL and was fortunate to work every game possible including an NFC Championship Game, Two Pro Bowl Games, American Bowl in Tokyo, Hall of Fame game in Canton and 15 Monday Night Football Games. During that period of time on the field I was able to stay healthy; however was knocked on my posterior a few times. After retiring from the field I continue to serve as a National Football League Representative and Talent Scout. Joan and I built a new home in Castle Rock, Colorado two years ago and I was elected to serve on our HOA Board……which at times is like refereeing or playing peacemaker amongst residents. Overall our resident problems have been at a minimum. We have a beautiful view from our deck of the Rocky Mountains and have some gorgeous pine trees in our geographical area. A great deck to sip some fine wines and enjoy the sunsets. In fact the class of 1957 is invited to visit us in Colorado…….if you promise not to all come at the same time. Please give us some advance notice whereas I can be sure to have our wine cabinet stocked upon your arrival.

 

With that said the absolute joy of my life and the best thing that ever happened to me was to meet and marry Joan and have a wonderful and healthy family for which we are so blessed. I shall never forget the wonderful education, teachers and friends I developed in Enid. My parents were so supportive of all my endeavors and encouraged me to participate in a number of activities including speech classes, radio and television classes taught by Una Lee Voigt and to participate in school stage productions including our senior play. Mrs. Poindexter was so kind in working with my baseball coach John Provost that spring in order that I could do both that year. I would hope our grandchildren have as many enjoyable experiences as I had during my three years at Enid High School.

 

Joan and I look forward to seeing you in October for a great time re-living our high school years and sharing our wonderful lives today.

 

Howard Roe