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New Castle Class of 1968 celebrates 50-year reunion

Attendees of the New Castle Class of 1968 at the recent 50-year reunion.

The Walter P. Chrysler Memorial High School Class of 1968 had its 50th class reunion on July 28.

1968 was a pivotal year in American politics and war but it was also a pinnacle time in the muscle-car era. Class-member Debbie Wallace Scott decorated the VFW with a “Cruising old New Castle” motif. Johnny Branscum’s award-winning 1966 Chevrolet Camaro was parked at the entrance to help transport guests’ memories back to the ’60s. Inside, guests were reminded of businesses and restaurants long gone from the streets of New Castle but still fresh in the memories of classmates.

Classmates Marvin Groves and Joyce Walker Miller prepared a video presentation memorializing the 55 (now 56) classmates who have departed this life. David Nantz was the reunion photographer. Class members who would like a copy of the photo may get one by calling Nantz Photography, 765-521-8888.

One-hundred-ten classmates along with 62 guests attended the event. Classmates came to the reunion from 12 different states, ranging from Connecticut to Arizona and from Florida to Wisconsin. Additionally, two teachers, Roscoe Rogers and  Larry Meyer, attended with their wives.

The planning and execution of the reunion was accomplished through the efforts 31 class members and friends of the class: Cheryl Reece Miller, Cathy Carender Johnson, Carol Martin, Karen Wannemacher Buggle, Cheri Huse Benson, Marsha Kinser Lundquist, Debbie Wallace Scott (and son, David Snedigar), Maurie (Carol) Goodwin, David Burke, Margie Grant, Elgan (Pat) Carter, Judy Nichols Barber, Karen Larrimore Chalfant, Michael Kirby, Linda Pribble Wrightsman, Debbie Mogle Holmes, Susan Smith Haskett (and daughter Karen Blessinger), Pam Burnside Nault, Marvin Groves, Joyce Walker Miller, Connie Upchurch Privett, John Selvy, Pam Calland McDonald, Betty Jo Betts Scharer and Gretchen Dempsey.

Attendees of the class of 1968 50th-reunion were: Cheryl Reece Miller, Marsha Kinser Lundquist, William Cowan, Cathy Burton Davis Hamilton and Dennis Hamilton, Jerry and LaDonna Cash, Don Alley, Becky Harrison Zepf and Dennis Piela, Lynn Murray McCulloch, Floyd and Cowen Cook, Greg and Rita Crider, Chatta Sheila Barrick Padgett, Gary and Candi Butler, Jay Armstrong, Maurie and Carol Goodwin, Steve Clawson and Luz Marina Alvare, Linda McCutcheon Williams and Garry Williams, Ann Miller Crispin and Bernie Crispin, Janet Goodin Lundy, Anne Gieck Schreder and Mark Schreder.

Also, Connie Upchurch Privett, Karen New Penticuff, Myra Sue Mullen Turner and Bob Turner, Maribeth Cross Essig, Debbie Mogle Holmes and Ralph Holmes, John and Mary Hall, Bill and Terri Wilhoite, Ron Lough, Carolyn Sexton Mitchell and John Mitchell, Georgia Littrell Overton, Bill Rhodes and Mary Skribanowitz, Cynthia Harshey Oliver and Bill Oliver, Becca Stamper Norris, Percy Mathews White, Penny Williams Cross, Frank and Jill Ryan, Duane and Wanda Chamberlin, David and Vicky Pryor, Sharon Brown Harris and Mike Harris, Mona Cash, Dennis and Marsha Harmon, Bill Helton, Marvin and Margaret Groves.

Also, Mike Kriner, Lonnie Hyatt and Marie Hyatt, Virginia Morris, Sandy Locker Murray and Gary Murray, William Larry Poe, Terry Justice Shotts and Larry Shotts, Carol Martin, Sharlene Blank Bruns and Don Bruns, Karen Wannemacher Buggle, Roscoe Rogers (teacher) and Kay Rogers, Larry Meyer (teacher) and Norma Meyer, Elgin and Pat Carter, Linda Jarrett Ballenger and Sam Ballenger, Gary Trout, JoEllen Wilkinson Caudill, Connie Shelton Patton, Don and Connie Guthrie, John Harp, Betty Nicholson Burden, Elaine Hay Ferguson and Wayne Ferguson, Vicki Armstrong Barber and Larry Barber, June Bowman Kendrick, Randy Asberry, Pam Calland McDonald, Pamela McDowell Neal and Michael Neal, Tom and Susan Smith Haskett, Cheri Huse Benson, Cynthia Sumpter Collins and Keith Collins, Barbara Grubbs Dishman, Diann Melton Young.

Also, Karen Larrimore Chalfant and Steve Chalfant, Ann Oakley Heath, Paulette Ward DeBoard and Terri Wagner, Alan and Brenda Leduc, Cathy Carender Johnson, Bill Laley, Doug and Carol Sloan, Pam Burnside Nault and Danny Nault; Betty Jo Betts Scharer and Vernon Scharer, David Gregory and Karen Gregory, Jack and Linda Imel, Samilla Hagee Catron and Billy Catron, Patricia Erickson Ledbetter and Barry Morris, Linda Pribble Wrightsman and Mike Wrightsman, Gene and Sharon Hancock and John “Buddy” Selvy.

Also, Luana Cable Pitts and Eldon Pitts, Susan Staton Davis and Rick Davis, Mary Lou Heilman Chappell and Steve Chappell, Ruth Ann Young Millikan and Jim Millikan, Judy Nichols Barber, Debbie Wallace Scott and Johnny Branscum, Richard Rogers and Cheryl Bise, Mike Kirby, David Burke, Tom and Bing Jasper, George Roseberry, Jean Carter Edington and John Edington, Jim and Sonja Conley, Mike Davis, Kris Alcorn Lockridge and Vernon Lockridge, Gail Ingle, John Francisco, Mark Stamper, Patty Campbell Hollis and Pat Hollis, Dan Speck, Gail Neal Neeley and Jim Alexander, Mark Bertram and Kenissa Craig, Eddie Newby and Margie Grant.

– Provided by Michael Kirby