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Robert Hudson
Hudson, Robert Dillard Jr., 85, of Phoenix, AZ passed away December 2, 2014.  Born October 9, 1929, he served in the U.S. Air Force and taught for 35 years at Camelback High School.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne; son, Mark Hudson and daughter, Wenda A. Allender; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild and a large extended family.  Private services were held.

Especially saddening is that Mr. Hudson's wife Mary Anne, referred to in the obituary above, is our classmate Mary Anne (Beal) Hudson.
In Memory of classmates ...
Our deceased classmates are listed below.  Some recent or recently discovered obituaries follow the complete list.  Take a moment to remember those you knew.  Remember also that every one of them, whether you knew them or not, played a part in making our class the great class that it was and is.  May they all be with us in spirit whenever we gather to celebrate our class.
Judith 'Anne' Adams
Donald Allan
Alvin 'Ed' Alvey
Bonnie Bachtel
Gary Baier
M. Dale Bailey
Ron Ballard
John Banderet
Everett Bateman
Myra Beall
Jacquie Bean
Richard Beddome
Judy Birt
Guy Blackburn
Ken Boozer
Phyllis Bradley
John Brown
Ronald Brown
Jerry Burnett
Ken Caron
David Clark
Christine Cobb
Lyn Connin
Rick Covey
James Crary
Brenda Davis
Kenneth Earl Doyle
Gary 'Mike' Emmett
Wanda Fant
Robert Fike
Ron Fitzgerald
Sharon Friedman
James 'Jim Bob' George
Nadara Gilmore
Jim Gorge
Pat Hamberlin
Mike Hanna
John Hardy
Helen 'Sherry' Harper
Sharolyn Harper
Alan Harris
Doug Harsha
Pam Hartley
John Heffron
Dick Hennessey
John Hilsdorf
Carol Hudson
Rose Marie Ingraham
Linda Jennings
Jerry Jerome
Marie Kendrick
Robert Kittrick
Bill Koczka
Kurt Kuenstling
Lloyd Leech
M. Christine Loges
Grover Manes
Herbert Manning
Pete McClintock
Jean McCullough
Doug McFate
Ron McKinney
Danny McMillan
Ladd Metzner
Scott Nelson
Sherry Nelson
John Newsom
Nelson Nofsinger
Raymond 'Dick' O’Clair
Elaine Olsen
Kay Parker
Sondra Pinney
Don Raskin
Nancy Robbins
David Roberts
Val Robichaux
Darlene Ross
David Rowland
Lois Ann Rutherford
Bob Schaff
Bob Schedler
Herbert Schibelle
Ken Schmehl
Mickey Scott
David Setter
Jack Sharp Sr.
Georgia Shrewsbury
Gay Simancek
Richard Alan Smith
Bob Stephenson
David Storts
Bruce Stoyer
David Thorla
Voula Tsouclidou
Darrell Tussing
John Varming
Alice Weaver
Bill Wilcox
Phil Williams
Carol Wood
Ron Zamora
Martin Zieger
The twenty four classmates whose obituaries appear below with their yearbook photos are those who passed most recently (to our knowledge), and those we learned of only recently.  They are shown in reverse chronological order of the date of passing, i.e. most recent first.  We've sadly added their names to the list above.

Jacquie Bean
We can't find a published obituary for Jacquelyn (Bean) Kearsley. Her death was reported to us by her friend and our classmate Mary Ann (Schimm) Lemons in July 2018.

Doug Harsha
Douglas Wayne Harsha, 75, passed away after battling cancer, with his family by his side.  He is survived by his wife Pamela; his daughters and sons-in-law Stacey & Chuck Inderieden and Lorina & Danny McCabe; and five grandchildren Kyle & Ella Inderieden and Sylas, Kelty, & Maizie McCabe.  We are all going to miss him terribly.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Prescott United Methodist Church, at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, Sept 30,2017.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Marley House Hospice, 1065 Ruth St, Prescott, AZ 86301.

Personal note by classmate & Webmaster Rod Moyer:  I knew Doug well at Camelback, where his wife Pamela was in the Class of '62 with my wife Dianne and my sister Barbara.  I had known Pamela since grade school, as she & Barbara were friends there.  When Dianne & I retired to Prescott we found Doug & Pamela already here, and became close friends.  We too shall miss him terribly.

Jean McCullough
Wiloma "Jean" (McCullough) Bagley, age 75, of Phoenix, AZ passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on July 20, 2017.  She is survived by her loving daughters Lori and Deean (Philip); 2 brothers Lynn and Michael (Sally); Proud Nana to 2 grandchildren Torrie (Andrew) and Trevin; Nee Nee to Jay, Kelsey, and Hannah; niece, nephew, many cousins and close friends.  Jean was preceded in death by her parents Wilson and Deloma McCullough and loving husband Galen Patrick "Pat" Bagley.  She would be the first to say her greatest joy in life was her family and children she took care of in her home.  Jean's beautiful life will forever be sustained by her family and friends through their precious memories.  We love you more, always and forever.  Jean's children have requested that a donation be honored in her name to Hospice of the Valley or St. Mary's Food Bank.  Services were held Saturday, July 29th at 10:00am at Green Acres Mortuary, Scottsdale, AZ.

Ron Ballard
Ronald Lewis Ballard, 74, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on February 16, 2017.  Ron was born in Concordia, Kansas, but has been in the valley in the car business for 60 years.  He had a fantastic sense of humor and loved making people laugh.  He would often say he would like to be a doctor but he didn't have the “patience”!  Ron spent most of his career in the car industry in managements positions.  He worked at Madison Chevrolet and Courtesy Chevrolet as well as a VW dealership.  He spent the last 20 years refurbishing cars in his own garage and then reselling them.  He loved his family very much including all of his Kansas relatives.  Ron valiantly fought lung disease for the last 12 years.  Ron is survived by his loving wife, Sue Ballard; his two children, Kelly Vaupell and Dean Ballard; his three grandchildren, Drew Ballard, Madison and Sydney Vaupell; and his two sisters, Cheryl Keenan and Rhea Sack.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley.  Services were private.

Darlene Ross
Darlene Ross Morton, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on December 11, 2016 at age 74.  We do not have a published obituary to post here, but click here to see the program card from her memorial service.

Alan Harris
Alan B. Harris, of Laveen, AZ, passed away on October 24, 2015 at age 73.  He was born in Tacoma, Washington.  His family moved to Prescott, AZ and after a few years came to Phoenix.  Alan went to Camelback High School and later joined the Coast Guard.  Upon returning to Phoenix worked as a manager at Regal Service Stations.  Eventually started driving dump trucks for his former father-in-law.  Alan was the founder and owner of Alan Harris Trucking, Inc. for over 45 years before retiring in 2014.  An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing, boating, hunting, and riding his ATV's.  Alan is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Mandy & husband Chris, son Damian & wife Le, and grandchildren Nicole, Rachel and Drake.  There were no services, as requested by Alan, however, the family is having a Celebration of Life in his honor on Dec. 5, 2015.  Please contact family members for information.

Brenda Davis
Brenda Davis Baldensperger passed away peacefully at home on July 5th after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Brenda was born in Memphis, TN, in 1942 and moved to Phoenix in 1951 with her family where she graduated from Camelback H.S. and attended Phoenix College.  While working for Motorola she met, and in 1982 married, Art Baldensperger, creating a blended family that included six children.  Together they enjoyed golf, travel and made yearly trips to Hawaii.  After Art's retirement Brenda became a successful realtor.  Brenda also loved traveling with her sisters and brother-in-law.  She was adventurous and outgoing, a fabulous cook, and a loyal caregiver who recently advised us all to, "Eat well, do right, and have fun."  Brenda's love for life was obvious to all who were blessed to know her and she will be forever missed.  Preceding her in death were her husband Art Baldensperger and her parents Elaine Davis and Jesse Davis.  She is survived by sisters Deanne Drake (Jerry) and Crystal Davis, sons Don Cline and Mitchell Cline (Conchita), stepdaughters Sherri Kerr (Steve), Sandi McCoy (Mike), Stephanie Stahl (Steve), and stepson Rick Baldensperger (Carol).  She is also survived by ten grandchildren.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to Steve Turner and the staff of Hospice of the Valley for their excellent care.  Please consider making a donation to carcinoid cancer research or Hospice of the Valley in Brenda's honor.

Don Raskin
Donald Norman Raskin, beloved patriarch, passed away in San Diego May 17, 2015 at the age of 72.  Don Raskin was born July 26, 1942 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is survived by his wife, Sherri Raskin; daughters Julie, Stacy, Jennifer, and Tammy Raskin; son Ferrel Raskin; brother Harvey Raskin; and grandchildren Lauren and Alexander Littenberg, Mackenzie and Samuel Kessler, Alyse Price, and Ryan and Rosie Raskin.  Family and friends remember Don as a loving family man, a maverick businessman, and an indomitable ALS survivor.  He deeply touched the lives of all who knew him.  Graveside services are being held Monday, May 25th at 2 PM, Beth Israel Memorial Cemetery, 305 South 35th Ave, Phoenix

Rick Covey
(abbreviated)  On May 4, 2015, Rick Covey teed up for his first round of heavenly golf, after spending 73 years honing his skills in preparation for this new course.  We smile at the thought of the joyous 19th hole welcoming he received from family and friends.  Rick was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 17, 1942, the oldest son of Rich and Mitzie Covey.  (Brothers) Steve and Rob joined the family a few years later.  He spent his youth tormenting his younger siblings while ice skating, sledding, and vacationing in Canada.  His fondest early memories were of swimming and fishing in the lakes near Park Rapids, Minnesota.  Rick’s love of cars started in his teens and never ended – Precious, his cherished Corvette, will miss his tinkering.  In 1959, Rick’s parents moved the family to Phoenix, Arizona, right after buying Rob that famous never-to-be-used sled.  Rick completed high school at Camelback High, lettering in track.  He went on to earn his BA in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.  To enhance his university experience, he joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity in his freshman year.  Through this organization, strong bonds of friendship were created, including the one with life-long friend, Richard Parker.  The highlight of these years came with a senior year decision to enroll in an education class "to meet girls."  His mission was accomplished when he met Sue Williams.  Not only did he meet her, they married shortly after graduation, on October 17, 1964.  After a brief honeymoon in Vegas, the newlyweds embarked on a new and challenging adventure: parenthood. Mindy, Rich, and Jenny made Rick a father three times over. It (his marriage) was a partnership meant to endure: last year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary while cruising the North Atlantic, with stops ashore to enjoy the fall colors.

Ron Fitzgerald
Ronald Fitzgerald, 72, of Big Creek (CA) died March 10.  He was a retired courier service owner.   Services to be held at a later date.  Arrangements: Farewell Funeral Service.

(We are searching for a more complete obituary for Ron, or may add some information from our files.)

Gary Baier
Gary Dwane Baier 72, of Henderson, NV passed away peacefully on Friday, February 6, 2015 at Sunrise Hospital.  He lived in the Las Vegas area since 1996 and was previously from Simi Valley, CA.  Gary was born July 16, 1942 to Dwane and Ila Jean (McCabe) Baier in Harlan, Iowa.  He graduated from Camelback High School, Phoenix, AZ in 1960.  On May 17, 1973 he married the former Constance Haeckner in Las Vegas.  He enjoyed boating, fishing, wildlife, and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife Constance, David Baier (Son) of Henderson, NV, Brenda & Pat Gifford (Daughter) of Clarksville, AR, Kimberly and Paul Lester (Daughter) of Henderson, NV, Judy Deforest (Sister) of San Marcos, TX, 6 Grandchildren, and 2 Great Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwane and Ila Jean, his sister Beverly (Baier) Bain, and daughter Tracey (Baier) Johnson.  A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00pm, Sunday, February 8 at 177 Laguna Hills Ct, Henderson, NV 89002 (Paul & Kim’s House).  Memorials may be sent to the above address.

Georgia Shrewsbury
Georgia (Shrewsbury) Johnson, 72, a Phoenix native, passed away in Phoenix from natural causes on January 1, 2015.  Georgia was the oldest child of Clif and Grace Shrewsbury.  She graduated from Camelback High School in 1960 and married Jim Johnson in 1960.  Together they started an electronic company, selling it in 1984 to start an orchid company, which they sold in 1994 and retired.  They happily celebrated their 55th Anniversary on December 30th, just before her passing.  Georgia had other interests besides orchids.  She loved cross stitching, sewing and children.  Over the years she was a nanny to seven children which she cared for from diapers to their first day of school.  Georgia was predeceased by her parents and two sisters Marsha (CHS 64) and Dixie (CHS 67).  Survivors included her husband Jim, daughter Barbara (Johnson) Lee, grandsons Justin Lee and Tristan Lee, and Granddaughter Caitlin Lee.

Carol (Wood) Longstaff
Carol Longstaff passed away December 8, 2014.  She is survived by her beloved husband Derek, mother Irene, sons Will and Rodney, brothers Bill and Don and grandsons Keifer, Hunter and Tony along with her countless friends.  Carol was passionate about family, food, work, and traveling.  We will all miss her.  A memorial service to celebrate her wonderful life will be held at Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, December 17 at 10am.  Please visit to place online condolences.

Myra (Beall) Banes
After her brave battle with lung cancer, Myra Lenore Banes, 72, went home to be with the Lord Jesus October 9, 2014.  Myra, eldest of seven siblings, was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 12, 1942.  In 1952, her father moved the family and business, Beall's Plumbing and Air Conditioning, to Phoenix, Arizona.  Myra learned bookkeeping from her grandmother and married Wayne R. Francis at the young age of 17.  During their 15-year marriage, they had three children together.  Myra later married her late husband, Robert Banes whom she worked with at Beall's Plumbing.  For 37 years, Myra and "Bob" were constant companions in work, family and leisure.  They kept busy raising their eight children, running the plumbing company, and serving their Lord together at North Phoenix Baptist Church.  With their free moments together, they savored the beauty of God's creation as they traveled and fished the many lakes of Northern Arizona, Montana, and Indiana.  She was preceded in death by her father James Robert Beall, mother Edna Meissner Beall-Bugbee, husbands Wayne Francis and Robert Banes, infant son Jeffery Francis, and infant grandson Derek Michael.  She leaves behind four sisters, Peggy, Julie, Karen, and Crystal, her two brothers Edward and Alan, her eight children Steve, Mike (Mara), Rick, Brenda, Cynthia (Brian), Dale, Chris, and Jennifer (Vincent), 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 18th at North Phoenix Baptist Church.  The visitation and viewing will be at 9am prior to the funeral service at 10am.  Interment to follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn, 2300 West Van Buren Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valiey, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Bob Schedler
The following biographical info was provided by Bob's wife Karen.  Robert Otto Schedler passed away peacefully on August 29, 2014.  He was surrounded by family that supported him through a long period of illness.  Bob entered the US Navy upon graduation from CHS and spent three years seeing the Pacific from a sailor's vantage point.  Upon leaving the Navy, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Arizona State University.  His first year of teaching was at Coronado High in Scottsdale, and subsequent years (35 in all) were in the Mesa Public Schools - at Fremont Jr. High, Poston Jr. High, and ultimately at Dobson High School where he served as the social studies department chair and history/geography teacher.  He is survived by his wife of 42 years (Karen), his two children (Kurt and Susan), and two grandchildren.

Sondra (Pinney) McMenimen
McMenimen, Sondra Kay, 71, of Tempe AZ passed away on 7/28/14.  Born on 7/29/1942 in Indiana, Sondra moved to Arizona at the age of seven.  She is survived by her husband, Jim McMenimen, her daughter and son-in-law Dawn and Murray Hocking of Tempe, Arizona, and her son and daughter-in-law Todd and Missy McMenimen, of Bayfield, Colorado.  She is also survived by her beloved grandsons Stephen Hocking, Austin McMenimen, and Colter McMenimen.  Those who have been touched by Sondra's abundant love, humor, kindness, and strength are invited to join her family for a celebration of life to be held at Doubletree by Hilton, 2100 S Priest Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282, 8/23/14 at 11am.

Mickey Scott
Scott, Michael "Mickey" E, 72, Owner/Operator of Payson Radiator Sales, Inc of Payson/Rye, AZ passed away on June 18, 2014 after battling a short illness.  Mickey moved from LaPorte, IN to Phoenix, AZ area with his parents in 1954, and after graduating Camelback High School moved back to LaPorte/Michigan City where he had a gas station/automotive shop.  Mickey moved back to Payson in 1988, where he worked for Walmart several years before starting his radiator business presently located in Rye, AZ.  Mickey is survived by his mother, Maryann Scott-Allen, sister Jacquelyn Jantz and daughters Gina Keeling-Hatcher and Jennifer Wilson.  His dog "Rusty" also greatly loved Mickey and misses him, as we all do.  Mickey's daughters are presently continuing to run his radiator business.  At a date to be determined, Mickey's ashes will go to Green Acres Mortuary in Scottsdale.

Bob Stephenson
Stephenson, Robert B. "Bob" passed away on Nov. 21, 2013.  Dear dad of Greg (Lori), Wayne (Nichole) and Danielle Stephenson; dear grandpa of Kadan Stephenson; dear brother of Diane (Thomas) Waters; our dear uncle, cousin and friend of many.  Bob loved sports and fishing.  Memorial Service 12:00 PM Wed. Nov. 27, 2013, at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

Alice Weaver
Alice Weaver, Phoenix native, passed away from natural causes on February 21, 2013, in Phoenix.  Alice was the youngest child of Ed and Laura Weaver, born on February 25, 1942.  She graduated from Camelback High School in 1960, joined the American Foreign Service and served in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Washington DC.  Her favorite place in the world was Guatemala.  Alice retired to Phoenix in 1997, where she volunteered at the Arizona Humane Societ and the Area Center for Aging. She will be remembered for her dry wit, large laugh and generosity of spirit.  All who knew her are richer from her time on earth.  She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Teresa.  Alice is survived by her nephews, Frank and Dan; her nieces, Kathi and Kristi; her cousins, Pam, Judy and Jan; and many more grand-nieces, grand-nephews and second cousins.  Services will be held Sunday, March 3, 2013, 11am at Hansen Desert Hills Chapel, 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale.  Donations can be made in Alice's name to the Arizona Humane Society.  Please visit to place online condolence.

Scott Nelson
Robert Scott Nelson, March 14, 1942 - February 16, 2013:  Long time resident of Gresham, Oregon, Scott Nelson passed away in his home at the age of 70.  Born in La Jolla, California to Jesse and Opal Nelson, Scott is survived by his wife, Caryn; their children: Jana, Holly, J.R., Eric, Lindsay, and Aimee; seventeen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his sister, Julie Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona.  In addition, Scott was a foster parent to many children in the Portland area.  Scott served in the military as a Captain.  He also worked in real estate and corporate sales, and most recently was the owner and proprietor of Harvest Mill Bakery for over fifteen years.  He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served as a volunteer in several community organizations. With a lively sense of humor and genuine interest in people, Scott touched the lives of many throughout his life.  He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Denny and Jim.

Bonnie (Bachtel) Schwarz
There was no obituary published.  The following was composed by Sharon (Grimes) Troutt after consulting with Bonnie's daughter Laura.  Bonnie (Bachtel) Schwarz passed away on January 30, 2013 from a stroke.  She had been struggling the last few years with multiple medical conditions but was still enjoying all the activities with her family.  She was a wonderful homemaker and at her happiest when surrounded by children and grandchildren.  Her side project for the last couple of years was to knit baby caps and donate them to the newborn infants at Thunderbird Hospital.  She loved to shop and never missed a yard sale.  Her focus was always on her family and though she hated having her picture taken, we are sure many favorite memories were captured through the years.  She is survived by her daughter Laura, son Darrell, granddaughters Jessica & Amanda, and grandson Kyle.  In addition, Bonnie was graced with 5 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Richard Bachtel, of Montana, who was also our classmate.  We know she is missed by all who knew and loved her, and our condolences go out to her family and friends.

Sharon Friedman
Sharon Edith (Friedman) Lynch:  Sharon E. Lynch, 68, of Warrenton, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, while on vacation in Gallup, N.M.  She was born March 14, 1943, in Buffalo, N.Y.  She was raised in Phoenix, Ariz.  She attended high school and received excellent grades.  On Dec. 24, 1964, she married Peter C. Lynch in Phoenix.  He survives, residing in Warrenton.  The couple moved to the North Coast about seven years ago.  Mrs. Lynch was a customer service representative for Honeywell.  She retired in 1997.  She also worked in antique sales, and as a clerk at Phog Bounders in Astoria.  She was a member of the Lutheran Church.  She volunteered at the Tri-City Spay & Neuter Thrift Store for approximately five years.  Family members said she loved Oregon, especially the coast.  \In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Peter David Lynch of Quincy, Ill., and Thomas C. Lynch of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren.  A memorial will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Warrenton Community Center, 170 S.W. Third St. in Warrenton.

Ken Schmehl
Kenneth Gordon Schmehl, October 10, 1942 - May 9, 2012: Kenneth Schmehl, age 69, of Granger, Texas passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.  He was born in Alamosa, California to parents Gordon Schmehl and Edna Smith Schmehl.  A memorial service to celebrate Kenneth's life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Gabriel Oaks Church of Christ at 1904 South Austin Avenue in Georgetown, Texas.

John Hardy
John Smith Hardy, 69, passed on October 30, 2011, in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born on November 27, 1942, in Phoenix, Arizona to parents William and Mildred Christine (Black) Hardy and had a brother, William Hardy.  John was a Vietnam veteran and suffered with ill health for quite a few years before his passing.  Internment will take place on December 9th, 2011, at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, Arizona.