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Attention All CWHS '65 Military Veterans

The reunion committee would like to recognize all our veterans, living or deceased, during the Saturday night program of reunion weekend, October 9-10. If you served in any branch of the military, enlisted or officer, or know of someone from our class who served, please contact:

Dave Finnell at

with the vet's name, branch of service, and dates served, if known. Also, please let us know if you were a career military member now retired. You do not have to attend the reunion to be recognized for your service. All names of class members who served will be read during the program as a way of recognizing and thanking them for their service to our nation.

Marines Army Navy Air Force Coast Guard





Miller Lane, just off I-75, is close to the Dayton International Airport and just minutes from downtown Dayton.


The reunion committee has blocked rooms at the following motels for October 9 & 10:

Marriott Courtyard – $109.00 + tax with free breakfast
7087 Miller Lane
Dayton, OH 45414
937-890-6112 or fax 937-890-6112

Hampton Inn – $94.00 + tax (standard); $109.00 + tax (suite) with free breakfast
7043 Miller Lane
Dayton, OH 45414
937-387-0598 or fax 937-387-0597

Drury Inn – $134.99 + tax with free breakfast & hot food and cold beverages at 5:30 P.M.
6616 Miller Lane
Dayton, OH 45414
937-454-5200 or fax 937-454-5200

When making reservations with a block, state Colonel White H.S. 50th Reunion.

Other nearby motels - no rooms have been blocked:

Fairfield Inn
6960 Miller Lane
Dayton, OH 45414

Comfort Inn
7125 Miller Lane
Dayton OH 45414

Quality Inn (at Miller Lane)

3661 Maxton Rd.
Dayton, OH 45414


Residence Inn (at Miller Lane)

7227 York Center
Dayton, OH 45414


Just a few of the restaurants within walking distance on Miller Lane:

Ruby Tuesday
Bob Evans
Panera Bread
Red Lobster
Tim Horton's

Max & Erma's
Skyline Chili
Olive Garden

Cracker Barrel
Cassano’s Pizza

Hope to see you at the reunion!




All invitations to classmates that we have current addresses for were mailed by August 10. Due to a delay at the printer, they went out a little later than we expected. If you haven't received an invitation by now and wish to attend the reunion weekend, October 9-10, please contact us as soon as possible at

We look forward to a great turnout and seeing you all in October.

Kathy Keefer Fink, Chrmn.
Steve Guy, Treas.
Carol Flinspach Yinger, Co-Treas.
Mike Dungan
Dave Finnell
Kay Branson Hamilton
Jean Monbeck LeBlanc
Karen Moore Maas
Joe McCoppin
Sheryl Petry
Kathy Iman Potter



$ $ $ Donations $ $ $

Putting on a reunion is a great expense up front.
Much of what we need must be paid for in advance - venue(s), invitations, postage, reunion mementos, decorations,
deposits for photographers, bartenders, DJs, etc.
Much has already been paid for from money left over from the 40th, and by donations from reunion committee members.
We would welcome any donation from our fellow classmates at this time.
We thank you in advance for your generosity!

Please make check$ payable to:
CW '65 Reunion Committee 

And send to:
Steve Guy
322 Winterset Dr.
Englewood, OH  45322


Howard Krisher
Bob Albaugh
Marlene Lansman Deringer
Chery Redinger Halteman
Anne Reinicke Storan
Rob Jewett
Sally Eichorn Reinicke
Carolyn Netzley
Pat Hoskinson Thornton
Carol Flinspach Yinger
Kay Prinz Juhas
Karen Moore Maas

Steve Guy
Kathy Geis Krueger
Mike Dungan
Fred Engelhardt
Linda Novak
Dave McDaniel
Jean Monbeck LeBlanc
Kathy Keefer Fink
Kay Branson Hamilton
Sherman Hillelson
Sondra Mayerson Martin




Look who's coming!

Howard Krisher
Marlene Lansman
Bill Grimpe
Bob Albaugh
Anne Reinicke
Bob Huff
Carol Littrell
Gloria Staios
Sheila Swartzel
Joan Eisenstodt
Mark Kellermeyer
Betty Cardwell
Barbara Weisner
Kay Prinz
Rob Jewett
Kathy Geis
Don Wilson
Peggy Miller
Patricia O'Connor
Kip Napier
Jim Hoops
Debbie Teeters
Nancy Wilson
Chery Redinger
Patricia Hoskinson
Carolyn Welhener

Pam Miller
Carolyn Netzley
Denny Egger
Dick Kratzer
Bill Andrews
Sondra Mayerson
Kathy Keefer
Carol Flinspach
Karen Moore
Jean Monbeck
Sheryl Petry
Joe McCoppin
Steve Guy
Dave Finnell
Mike Dungan
Kay Branson
Kathy Iman
Marilyn Minneman
Fred Engelhardt
Milan Mamula
Michael Mamula
Ken Hutchinson
Steve Rubin
Bruce Humphrey
Doug McPeek
Janet Shank

Lynn Clark
Eileen Lauderman
Phyllis Leet
Dave Reeder
Larry House
Barry Overholser
Linda Novak
Dave Thompson
Doug Korns
Maggie Ward
Kathy Wiseman
Cheryl Ferry
Dave McDaniel
Doug MacPherson
Carmen Oliver
Gary Avery
Vickie Sullivan
Sarita Smith
Sherman Hillelson
Bruce Kaplan
Robert Scheller
John Stephens
Joe Winslow
Richard Caudy
Linda Jett



M.I.A. '65 Alumni

Fellow '65 Classmates,

If you wish to receive an invitation to the 50th Reunion Celebration, and have not been in contact with us since the 40th Reunion in 2005, please send us your mailing address and other contact information to It's much easier for you to find us, than it is for us to find you.

Below is a list of many of our missing classmates. Any information you might have that would help us find them would be appreciated.

The 50th Reunion Committee

Joan Archer
Paula Birchfield
Janet Blair
Barbara Bradford
Jo Ann Bradley
Nell Cline
Pat Covey
Carol Creager
Bonnie Crouch
Lynn Edwards
Howard Feldman
Brenda Ferguson
Sharon Frank
Billie Gray
Joyce Mary Hardin
Paula Hargis
Paula Ann Harris
Dee Harrison
Alma Helfinstine
Barbara Hinton
Wyonne Hunstad
Bill Jacobs
Paula Jenkins
Lillian King

Gay Knott
Gary Knox

Loralee Levay
Virginia Little

Donna Lykins Van Markle
Jim Martin
Betty McDonald
Deanna Messer
John Paul Morgan
Bill Muncy
David Palmer
Mary Perkins
Marilyn Robinson
Minette Schiessler
Cheryl Schroeder
Gayle Selby
Sheila Shumaker
Jean Smith
Ken Smith
Sue Stephens
Nancy Struck
Katy Tomlinson
Reed Van Doren
Kathryn Van Dyke
Rebecca Jo Webb
Beverly Wiley
Betty Williford
Betty Wilmoth
Danny Winters
John York



Class Notes:

Sadly, while searching for missing classmates for the 50th Reunion Celebration, the committee has learned the following classmates are deceased:

Sandra Wallace Palmer - 2013

Vivian Sewell - 2013

Wayne Ayers - 2005
Barry Bevins - 2004
Judy Hale Simpson - 2010
Nathan Katz - 2007

Janet Cunningham Kuusisto - 2010
Wanda Hayes Byrge - 2008
John Kosater - 2013
Ken Recob - 2005


Classmate John Hughes of Centerville, Ohio passed away July 13, 2015. Click here for full obit.

Classmate James Meyer died in North Port, Florida on May 19, 2015. Click here for full obit.

Classmate Doug Krabacher died on April 19, 2015 in Sandusky, Ohio. Click here for full obit.

Classmate Morris Frydman passed away November 9, 2014 in Highland Park, Illinois. Click here for full obit

Classmate Robin Leen died in Dayton on September 3, 2014.

Classmate Craig Fader of Bellbrook passed away on July 7, 2014.

Classmate Karyl Shisler died June 6, 2014 here in Dayton. Click here for full obit.

Classmate Theodore "Ted" Seale died at his home in Coteau, Louisiana on April 24, 2014. Click here for complete obit.

Classmate Sandra Seals Brock died in Columbus, Ohio on March 3, 2014. Click here for obit.

Classmate Sylvia Williams died on December 31, 2013 at her home in Dayton. Click here for complete obit.

Classmate Bruce Blasingame passed away on Dec. 11, 2013 in Dayton.

November 22, 1963: Where were you when you heard? Classmates share their thoughts about JFK's death. Click here.

Classmate Suzanne Stephens passed away in Dayton on September 17, 2013. Click here for complete obit.

19 Sept 2013


Just dropping you a note to let you know that I found your site ... thanks to a Fairview High alumni who went to Fairview Elementary with me for eight years. Hope this is going to the right email address.

I'm not strictly alumni, I suppose, as I spent only one year at Colonel White before I moved out of the district to finish high school at Oakwood High in 1965, graduated from Findlay College in 1969, and wound up as an elementary schoolteacher in both the Dayton and Oakwood school systems, plus a stint as a substitute in Kettering Schools . But I was a member of the illustrious Colonel White cadre briefly, in 1961-62. My homeroom teacher was George Catterlin, and in the class photo for that year (below ) I'm the greasy looking dude in the second row from the top, third face from the left of the picture. Above me to one side is Ed Zindorf, and on the other side, Dennis Osborne. The fellow to my right is Bruce Dirking. I think the fellow to my left was also a Fairview Elementary acquaintance, but unfortunately 50+ years is a lot of wear and tear on the memory synapses.

Then (circa 1962):

Now, alas:

Just wanted to send a shout-out to the two or three that might remember me, and all the rest who wouldn't or don't want to. So sorry to hear of Steve Wasson's passing, I knew him pretty well, and remember watching him appear on The Rising Generation TV show .

Just so you know there is one more Colonel White attendee out there who's still alive and kicking,

Geoff Hill
Columbus, Ohio


25 July 2013

Just wanted to say hi to everyone in the class of "65."

Doug MacPherson

Classmate Harold Hensley died in Kerrville, Texas on April 3, 2013

Classmate Steve Wasson died May 15, 2013 in Kettering

April 25, 2013

For some reason I cannot put a finger on, I typed Colonel White High School Class of 1965 in Google search and it returned your web site. What a nice job you have done to keep up with people. While I did not graduate from Colonel White in 1965, I was supposed to. My family moved to Richmond, Indiana in the summer of 1962. My name is Mike Wright, my twin brother Steve and myself attended Jefferson Elementary and then Colonel White for a year. If it is OK please include me in your emails, I remember quite a number of your/my classmates, many fond memories.

Thank you.

Mike Wright
Leesburg FL

Classmate Robin Roberts Almeyda died April 17, 2013 in Piqua. Click here for full obit...

Choir Director Carol C. Walters (Bright), Age 92, of Dayton, passed away March 29, 2013 in Hospitality House nursing home in Massillon Ohio. Click here for full obit.

Classmate Dave Ames passed away February 21, 2013 in Hillsboro, Ohio - Click here for full obit.

April 6, 2013

Dear dear friends, men and women of green and gold,

Everyday I am grateful that I was part of the class of '65 of Colonel White. The more I compare notes with friends who went to other schools, the more I am convinced that our school was by all means greater than all others.

This afternoon I attended the funeral of a dear friend. I looked forward to seeing one of the guests, a member of the family who graduated ahead of us from Colonel White. Well, we had a great visit, but the best came later when I saw a man standing nearby waiting to speak with me. He was Mike Dungan. It was wonderful to see Mike again. Afterwards, I felt lonely for all of you. It was great to find our website and hear the fight song.

I am a minister serving my 11th year at a United Church of Christ congregation in a historical village called Zoar, OH. I am retiring at the end of this year after 41 years as a parish minister. I am married to Sandy, a minister. We have three sons and a Russian Wolfhound named "Moose." In May, I am receiving my Master of Arts (Theater). My work is in stage magic. I am not sure what I shall be doing, but I look forward to what adventure it will bring after I retire from the parish. I look forward to coming to future reunions.

Ken Hutchinson


We received this message from Dr. Fred B. Sagester. He would have been in our class, but moved away in grade school.

March 13, 2013


In doing some Internet searching, I thought back to my early past when I was a member of the CWHS class of 1965, at least until the 5 th grade, when we moved to Cincinnati as a result of my father's job transfer with Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.

At one time you had a picture of what looked to be a class picture from E.J. Brown of a school class that looked to be 2 nd or 3 rd graders. I remember Ms. Peacock in grade 1, Miss Carr in grade 2, Ms. Banta in grade 3, Mrs. Flory in grade 5. And now I see that a close friend from those many years ago, Denny Dunkelberger passed away in January 2012. Denny and I used to ride the bus from in front of E.J. Brown after school down to the YMCA for swim lessons and then catch a ride back home with my brother who worked after school at Ohio Bell.

I lived across the street from Gary Moritz on Hudson Ave. and played with David Todd, Dick Kratzer, Freddie Englehardt, and many others.

Hello to all who may remember me�.and I hope all is well with my many �old� classmates from the early 50's.

Dr. Fred B. Sagester

Chairman & Professor

Education Department


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Colonel William J. White


Colonel William J. White

Colonel William Jeremiah White was born on April 1, 1844 in Uniontown, Ohio. His parents, John and Isabella Simms White, were natives of Culpepper County, Virginia, and came to Ohio in 1801.

In 1861, he enlisted in the Union Army as a private with B Company, 78 th Regiment; Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Early on, he was chosen to be a member of the �mule cavalry�, which was a group of 50 men �selected for their fitness for special duty, or for any emergency that might arise, requiring courage and discretion.� Cited for his personal bravery and gallant conduct in an engagement with rebel forces in 1862, he was promoted to the staff of Major General Mortimer Leggett, remaining with that command through much of the war. He rose quickly through the ranks, serving with distinction until the end of the war.

In 1863, his horse was shot from under him in the early fighting to take Vicksburg. And later, as the six-week-long battle came to a close, then Captain White serving as liaison between Union and Confederate forces carried all communication between General Ullyses S. Grant and Confederate Lieutenant General John Pemberton until a surrender was secured from Pemberton's forces. Near the end of the war, he was promoted by President Lincoln to the rank of major by brevet for gallant and meritorious conduct. He is described in his enlistment papers as being 6' 1/2� tall, with dark brown hair, hazel eyes, a fair complexion, and a bookkeeper by trade. He was mustered out on May 20, 1866.

He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in June of 1870, and in November married Miss Bertha A. Butterfield of Bucyrus, Ohio. They had four children: Mira, William, Bertha, and Joseph. He held numerous teaching and administrative positions throughout his career in education, and served as superintendent of schools in Pana, Illinois, Springfield, Ohio, and eventually Dayton in 1888. He and his family lived at 627 North Avenue and 429 Grafton Avenue in Dayton View, which ironically came to be part of the school district of his namesake and our alma mater.

In 1898, he left his position as superintendent to fight in the Spanish-American War, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the 3 rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; Field Staff and Band.

He was elected colonel of the 7 th Regiment of the Ohio National Guard in 1885, serving for five years in that position. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and attended Grace Methodist Episcopal Church where he served as superintendent of its Sunday school for many years.

His last position, which he held until his death, was as Governor of the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, now known as the Veterans' Administration.

Colonel White died on November 28, 1920. He is buried at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton.


Article written by Kathy Keefer Fink, '65

Much of the information contained in this article came from The Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and of Montgomery County .


The Cougar's Creed

I believe in Colonel White High School, her tradition and ideals;
I believe in honesty in everyday tasks and in faithfulness in duty;
I believe in the joy that comes from worthwhile fun, generous comradeship, and loyal service to my school;
I believe in modesty in victory and unconquerable spirit in defeat;
I believe in keeping faith with myself, my neighbor, my father, my mother, my country, and my God.

The creed was printed on the back of the White House Pass.



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