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Jeff Brown(e)

July 26th, 1954 - October 7th, 2017

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.

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Mark Emberton

- - June 24th, 2017

Mark Emberton died on June 24, 2017. More details will be added as they become available.

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Carol Gee

- - February 25th, 2017

Carol Gee died on February 25, 2017.

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From Nancy Juda on March 30th, 2017
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
 

Donnie Coil

October 18th, 1954 - August 27th, 2016

Donnie died on August 27, 2016 at age 61.

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Dave Piercy

- - March 20th, 2016

Dave Piercy, 61, of Kansas City, MO died on Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Columbia, MO.

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Redgy Crabtree

October 22nd, 1952 - July 20th, 2015

Redgy Crabtree died July 20, 2015. He was 62 years old.

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(Dana) Allen Jungk

February 11th, 1954 - July 18th, 2015

(Dana) Allen Jungk (pronounced "Young") died on July 18, 2015 at the age of 61. He was a musician and was living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the time of his death.

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Karen Broeker (Mehlin)

August 8th, 1954 - July 11th, 2015

Karen (Broeker) Mehlin died on July 11, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 60 years old.

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Janet Heckel (Boyd)

- - April 13th, 2015

Janet died on April 13, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

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Janet Heckel (Boyd)

September 1st, 1954 - April 13th, 2015

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. 

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Roger Merritt

March 5th, 1954 - April 9th, 2015

Roger Merritt died on April 9, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 61 years old.

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From John Nelson on July 31st, 2015
The only time either us got a blue pass to ofc was together.  It was worth  it though.
 
 

Susan (Wampler) (Abernathy)

June 30th, 1954 - March 1st, 2015

Susan died on March 1, 2015 while vacationing in Florida. She was 60 years old.

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Bruce Ozenberger

November 4th, 1953 - November 18th, 2014

Bruce "Buzz" Ozenberger died on November 18, 2014 at age 61. He was a sheet metal worker and was an avid guitar player. 

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Stan Peterson

- - November 6th, 2014

Stan Peterson died of a massive heart attack on November 6, 2014.

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Jack Fanning

November 6th, 1953 - August 2nd, 2014

Jack L. Fanning died on August 2, 2014 following a battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.

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From Kim Kimball on January 23rd, 2015
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   
     coats.
     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 
     disarray".
     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.
     

     
 

Diane Moffett (Russell)

October 25th, 1954 - July 16th, 2014

Diane (Moffett) Russell died on July 16, 2014 in Lorton, Virginia afer a long struggle with cancr. She was 59 years old.

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Michael Knight

January 23rd, 1953 - July 9th, 2014

Michael Knight died on July 9, 2014. He was 61 years old and had worked for General Dynamics.

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Mike Engeman

December 30th, 1953 - June 6th, 2014

Mike Engeman died on Friday, June 6, 2014 at age 60. He had worked as a heavy equipment orerator.

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John Fletcher

January 8th, 1954 - May 1st, 2014

John died from complications associated with brain cancer. He was 60 years old.

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Barry Alberts

- - April 4th, 2014

Barry Alberts died on April 4, 2014 from injuries received in a one-vehicle accident near his home in Coconut Grove, Florida. He was a wine educator and owner of Berries To Wine, Inc.

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Delores (Schleicher) (Anthony)

September 1st, 1954 - June 9th, 2013

Delores (Schleicher) Anthony died on Sunday, June 9, 2013. She was 58 years old. She married Mike Anthony in 1977.

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Mark Lawhon

May 25th, 1954 - May 25th, 2013

Mark E. Lawhon died on May 25, 2013 of cancer on his 59th birthday.

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From John Nelson on December 1st, 2014
We had so many laughs and goofy times through the years.  See ya in heaven.
 

Kevin Young

September 23rd, 1954 - January 27th, 2013

Kevin Young died on Sunday, January 27, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.

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Gayle Helmstetter (Fruia)

- - 2013

Word has been received of the passing of classmate Gayle (Helmstetter) Fruia. She died of an apparent stroke in Texas in December, 2013.

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Tom Gentry

September 11th, 1954 - November 29th, 2012

Tom passed from this life on November 29, 2012 after losing his battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.

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Timothy Mudd

- - September 30th, 2011

Tim died in Big Clifty, Kentucky on September 30, 2011. He was 57 years old. He was a member of our class during our freshman year (1968-1969).  Tim is survived by 3 children and 13 grandchildren.

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Steve Vogel

- - September 25th, 2010

Steve Vogel died suddenly of a heart attack on September 25, 2 010.
He was 56 years old.

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From David Meyer on October 4th, 2011
You were always a consumate musician, the shining light of our band "The Tragedies." 
 
From Cyndi Franklin/ Michalski on February 17th, 2012
You were a good friend and fellow band member  who always stayed in touch.
A gentle and kind man indeed!
 

David Brown

- - August 24th, 2010

David Brown died on August 24, 2010 in St. Joseph. He was 55 years old.

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From Bill Vaughan on May 31st, 2012

Went to Blair Elementary with Dave and played Boy Baseball with him. Was always a great guy to be around. He especially made mandatory ROTC tolerable. :-)... He is missed.

 

Terri Holm

- - August 21st, 2010

Terri died on Saturday, August 21, 2010.
She was 56 years old. During her Senior year at Central, she was elected Winter Queen.

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From Virginia Young on March 8th, 2012
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.
 

Charley Lonjers

- - August 16th, 2010

Charley was the unfortunate victim of a homicide on August 16, 2010.
He was 56 years old.

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Robert Toombs

- - July 28th, 2010

Robert Toombs died on July 28, 2010 after having suffered from esophageal cancer.
He was 56 years old.

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Craig Smith

- - April 10th, 2010

Craig died unexpectedly on April 10, 2010 in Overland Park, KS. He was 55 years old and a Senior Attorney in telecommunications.

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Steve Myers

- - April 10th, 2010

Steve Myers died unexpectedly April 10, 2010. He was 56 years old and had worked in his family business (Sonny Myers
Amusements) for over 25 years,
and also as a Corrections Officer.

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From John Nelson on March 13th, 2012
Good bye old buddy, we had some great times

 

Neta Neff

- - January 17th, 2010

Neta Suzanne Neff died on January 17, 2010. She was 55 years old and was a Senior Microbiologist at TEVA Animal Health.

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From Laura Filbert Zacher on August 18th, 2012

I am sorry to hear that Neta is not with us to enjoy this gathering.  I enjoyed her company at Central; she was a very nice girl and fun to be with.

 

Tyson Carpenter

- - September 20th, 2009

G. Tyson Carpenter Jr. died on September 20, 2009. He was 55 years old.

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Karen Ruckman

- - June 2nd, 2009

Karen Ruckman died on June 2, 2009 at a Hospice in Savannah, Georgia.
She was 54 years old.

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Gary Hansen

- - September 22nd, 2008

Gary Hansen died on September 22, 2008. He was 54 years old.

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From Bill Vaughan on May 31st, 2012

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!

 

Becky Lamb

- - November 7th, 2007

Becky passed away on November 7, 2007 in Laguna Vista, Texas after suffering cardiac arrest. She is survived by her husband Alan.

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Russell Neighbours

- - January 12th, 2007

Russell  died in Dallas, Texas on January 12, 2007 of lung cancer. He was 52 years old.

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John Rensing

- - December 21st, 2006

John R. Rensing died on December 21, 2006 after a short battle with cancer.
He was 53 years old.

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Greg Millsap

- - August 28th, 2006

Greg Millsap, 51, died on August 28, 2006 in Oak Grove, LA. He will be remembered as playing trumpet in Central's band and also as a member of Liquid Fire.

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Ken Ulmer

- - August 19th, 2006

Ken died on August 19, 2006.
He was 53 years old.

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Lee Dancer

- - July 7th, 2006

Lee died on July 7, 2006.
He was 52 years old.

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Mike Supple

- - August 2nd, 2005

Mike died on August 2, 2005 in Kansas City, the unfortunate victim of a homicide.
He was 51 years old.

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From Kay Matthews (Thomas) on September 19th, 2011
 Mike and I were Chemistry partners and he was always so goofy.    He also understood what we were doing better than I did.   I'm sorry he's gone.
 
From Joan Supple on January 6th, 2012
I am one of Mike's sisters.  The actual date of his death was August 2, 2005.
 

Rusty Russell

- - July 26th, 2004

Maurice Ogden ("Rusty" ) Russell died on July 26, 2004. He was 50 years old.

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Richard Schneitter

- - March 4th, 2003

Richard died unexpectedly on March 4, 2003. He was 48 years old.

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From judith schneitter on October 30th, 2013
<span 12px;"="">rick was a loving husband ,,,he was wonderful father..and great friend to all he had met in his life time..i will always miss my ricky d...the love of my life...judith schneitter...
 

Sam Bradford

- - November 1st, 2001

Sam died on November 1, 2001.
He was 47 years old.


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From Bill Vaughan on May 31st, 2012
Always a kind spirit and a good friend. Sam is missed.
 

Agnes Hayes

- - February 11th, 2001

Agnes was killed on February 11 , 2001 near Wichita, Kansas.
She was 46 years old.

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From Terry Bocock Montano on February 3rd, 2012
Agnes' murder in 2001 is still an unsolved crime in Wichita. I live just north of there, and will continue to wait & see if this is ever solved. Will be sure to post if anything is ever resolved.
 

Zachary Paden

- - October 20th, 2000

Zachary died on October 20, 2000.
He was 46 years old.

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Thad Stevens

- - July 10th, 1998

Thad died unexpectedly on July 10, 1998.
He was 45 years old.

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From Sandra Weidmaier on May 13th, 2014
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.
 

Tim Bowles

- - October 30th, 1997

Tim died on October 30, 1997.
He was 44 years old.

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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.
 

James Obermier

- - April 5th, 1995

Jim died on April 5, 1995 at age 41.

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Laura Bowlin (Head)

- - December 14th, 1994

Laura (Bowlin) Head died on December 14, 1994 after a long illness.
She was 40 years old.

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From Gina Buhr on February 19th, 2012
In my Senior year classbook, you wrote..."In memory's golden basket, drop one pearl for me."  I have a lot of pearls from our friendship.  Thank you.
 

David Davis

- - April 8th, 1991

David died on April 8, 1991 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident.
He was 36 years old.

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Marlin Dickerson

- - April 6th, 1991

Gunnery Sergeant Marlin L. Dickerson was killed in a tree-removal accident in Falmouth, VA on April 6, 1991. He was 36 years old.

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Wayne Stanton

- - December 23rd, 1989

Wayne was killed in an accident near Des Moines, Iowa on December 23, 1989.
He was 35 years old.

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Albert Beattie

- - September 17th, 1989

Albert died on September 17, 1989 following a lengthy illness. He was 35 years old.

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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 Kennedy

- - November 30th, 1986

Mike died on November 30, 1986.
He was 32 years old.

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From A. Brian Jones on March 10th, 2012
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.
 

Florence Horn (Coulter)

- - November 27th, 1984

Florence (Coulter) Horn died of cancer November 27, 1984. She was 30.

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From Michelle Hunt (McDonald) on September 20th, 2011
Sweet lady! We share a grandchild, although she never got to see her children, Ben & Lou grow up.  Our granddaughters name is Lilla Horn.  Miss you still...Michelle
 

Janet Broadhead (Cooper)

- - August 3rd, 1983

Janet (Broadhead) Cooper died of natural causes on August 3, 1983.
She was 29 years old.

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From Kristine Cooper on February 21st, 2012
 This is my sweet mother that was taken too soon.  Wish she was here to see her beautiful granddaughters.  We love you!!
 

Lorna LeMehaute

- - February 15th, 1982

Lorna died on February 15, 1982 .
She was 27 years old.

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Jim Leflet

- - December 12th, 1979

Jim was killed in a car-train accident near Atchison, Kansas on December 12, 1979.
He was 25 years old.

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From Lucy Thomas on February 25th, 2012
Jamie was my older brother,  died way too young, wonder what kind of a person he would have become.  Miss him everyday
 
From Bill Vaughan on May 31st, 2012
Met Jim during ROTC... remember when it was mandatory back then?... he was always great to hang around with. 25 is way to young to go! We miss you, buddy!
 

Patricia Gallope (Gibson)

- - January 4th, 1979

Patricia (Gallope) Gibson died on January 4, 1979, the unfortunate victim of a shooting. She was 25 years old.

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David Minor

- - October 27th, 1977

David died on October 27, 1977.
He was the victim of an accident on Pear Street. He was 23 years old and was a professional bowler.

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John Karle

- - June 18th, 1975

John died on June 18, 1975 at age 21.
He had suffered from aplastic anemia.

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From David Meyer on October 4th, 2011

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.

 

Denise Curtis

- - November 30th, 1974

Denise died on November 30, 1974.
She was 20 years old.

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From Bill Vaughan on May 31st, 2012
A kind spirit that was taken away from us way too soon. Remember having history with her. Fun to be around. Denise is missed.
 

Mike Roberts

- - November 15th, 1972

Mike died on November 15, 1972 as a result of a heart attack. He was 18 years old.

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Virginia Andorfer

- - September 28th, 1972

Virginia died September 28, 1972 after a brief illness. She was 19 years old.

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Judy Freeman

- - April 16th, 1972

Judy died unexpectedly on April 16, 1972. She was 18 and a senior at Central.

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Bill Huber

- - July 31st, 1971

Bill was killed in a two-car accident in front of the Belt Drive-In Theater on July 31, 1971.
He was 18 years old.

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From Ronald Nelson on September 19th, 2011
Bill was a true friend who died way too young. I know it has been 40 years but I still miss my good buddy after all these years. RIP Billy!!!!!!!!!!!
 
From Bill Vaughan on May 31st, 2012
I was there at the Belt Drive-In the night of the tragic accident. Bill was a great spirit that was taken from us way too early. He is missed.
 

Carroll Reynolds

October 5th, 1952 - May 27th, 1969

Carroll Reyolds died in 1969 as the unfortunate victim of a drowning accident in the Platte River. He was 16 years old.

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janet broadhead (cooper)

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.
-Beth

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From Mark Parsons on July 24th, 2014
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.