Jeff died on October 7, 2017 at the age of 63. Jeffery had a passion and talent for the sport of basketball. He was a two time inductee into the Missouri Western State University Hall of Fame and inducted into the Central High School Hall of Fame. He shared his love for the game by mentoring and coaching children in the St. Joseph area from college to elementary age.
It is hard for me to imagine that Carol is not with us any more. I feel so lucky to have known her and to have been in touch with her during her journey with cancer. As she said at the time of her diagnosis, "...it is a fast moving train, and the destination is unknown, but the scenery is fine." Of course, she was graceful and funny until the end. I try to follow her beautiful example. But there is no one else quite like Carol!
From Stephanie Remington on April 3rd, 2017
Carol was so loved because she was so lovable. She was adored and cherished by many and I am very proud & grateful to have known her. You all remember her adoring mother from Central Latin classes I'm sure. I went kicking and screaming into 1st year required by my parents and ended up taking Latin for 3! Carol had the same grace and drew people to here. She will be missed
Jan Boyd passed away on April 13, 2015 at her home in Rogue River, OR. She had battled lung and brain cancer for almost 3 years, and was surrounded by her husband Dave and two children Zack and Dana when she died. After graduating from St. Jo HS Jan went on to receive a Master's degree in Recreational Therapy and devoted her career to empowering adults and children with developmental disabilities, a path from which she derived great fulfillment and pride. Jans adventurous spirit led her to Alaska for many years until she moved back to Oregon about 5 years ago. Her family would love to hear your memories of her, whether through this website or on Jan's memorial Facebook page.
I was friends with Jack, freshman and sophmore years. Things I associate with him and/or that time period.
Fast cars, sloe gin and "three two beer"
Solid pastel dress shirts [Mr. Guy], desert boots and Navy pea
Beta Kappa Phi swat books and the duplex we rented, as a
group, for our clubhouse.
After school fist fights at the top of the hill.
Going downtown with our ROTC uniforms in"much
Parking out on the country roads.
Songs on the radio
I got a line on you Grazing in the Grass
Ramblin,Gamblin Man Spirit in the Sky
Chrystal Blue Persuation Ooh Child
Itchycoo Park Easy to be Hard
Band of Gold Groovin'
Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Tighten Up
Get Together[come on people now]
And, finally, to the lovely ladies who lived on or near Safari Drive, I say Thank-you.
I loved my time in St. Joe and Jack was part of the reason.
Terri and I walked to school together, were class officers together and got in trouble together at Bliss Jr. High. She was always a tremendous lot of fun.
From Cathy Rich Brandt on August 29th, 2012
Terri was my very dear friend during our senior year. We lived across the street from each other. We continued our strong friendship until her death. We did lots of fun and insane things together! I miss her terribly.
From Nancy Baker on June 3rd, 2014
Terri and I along with Virginia Young and Jeannine Campbell were best friends from Sherwood elementary and Bliss Jr High - my dad was transferred to Memphis Tn in 1967 and I lost touch with everyone from my early years. Somehow in the last week i just thought of checking the central high website for 1972 reunions - I am very sad to see that some of my former classmates and friends have passed.
From Jesse Sherwood on December 20th, 2017
Terri and I were friends from Brookdale Church in 2nd grade right after her family moved to St Joseph, through grade school, Jr High, and Central. Our friendship continued into adulthood as I had lunch with her in St Joseph just only a few days before her passing. Terri was a dear friend and is truly missed.
One of my dearest friends... grew up across the street from each other... shared an apartment and house together after he graduated college and I did my stint in the Navy. We were disco buddies... you could always count on seeing us at the Shangra-La or Green Pepper!...
Gary married a wonderful woman... Elizabeth... and had three great kids. Gary died of cancer at way too early of an age. I miss him a lot!
I knew Thad as a freshman and we became such good friends. He was a gentle soul and when I heard of his tragic death my heart felt an empty space. I truly miss our friendship one that I will never forget.
From Jesse SHERWOOD on December 20th, 2017
Thad and his brother Damon were two of my earliest childhood friends even before I started kindergarten. They lived behind us near 26th and Folsom. They lived upstairs in the Jane Wyman house on N 26th street. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of time spent with the Stevens brothers, we got into a lot of trouble. His brother Damon and I were roughhousing and he gouged my eye right before my 4th birthday. I had to wear an eyepatch for a couple of weeks. (Early pirate days, arrrgh) Rest in peace Thad.
From Sherry (Gitchell) Brushwood on October 2nd, 2011
Tim was my neighbor growing up, and a friend for years. He and his older brother Doug were always so much fun growing up. I have many fond memories of Tim.
From David Meyer on October 4th, 2011
Ah, my musical mentor, friend and compadre in all things outdoors I do wish you well and know you will be waiting at the station when I arrive at the next stage of our journey! Keep the faith, brother.
From Sherry (Gitchell) Brushwood on October 2nd, 2011
Your daughter and my son have made a handsome grandson. I wish you were here to share his life. You would be proud.
From marsha bohon jenkins on October 2nd, 2011
although you are gone but you are never forgotten becuase i can see you everyday in our daughter who never got to know her dad but knew her grandma beattie. wish you could see the beautiful daughter we have.
Mike was one friend that I have always called my very best friend. We grew up together on 27 hundred block of Locust street. With the Blackley family an John Meyer. Then he moved to Dear Park an I moved to 24th an Olive. But that never separated our friendship. There are many story's I could share, an many left better unsaid. I have an will always miss him.
You were my blood brother in the tribe of Mic-o-say. My Indian name is "Singing Wind" (though my Dad said it should be "Breaking Wind") and yours was "Fish Hunter." The ceremony on the bluffs overlooking the river at Camp Geiger was awesome beyond words.
Janet was my 1st cousin and I adored her. She helped me through a very difficult year after my mother (her aunt) died. I looked up to her as a big sister and thought she was the "coolist". I am sorry that I lost touch with her after I graduated high school..also Central High School. I moved out of State, but have never ever ever forgotton how special she is in my memories and prayers.
Janet and I dated for a while during and after her senior year in high school. I was madly in love with her however my life was kind of out of control for a few years then and we went our separate ways. When I heard of her passing it was devastating. Even though it had been years and I knew she had married I had never forgotten how wonderful a person she was. She will always be in my heart.