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Welcome to the Colonel White Class of '65 Website



CWHS '65
50th Reunion Celebration
October 10, 2015
Engineers' Club of Dayton


So far, we've decided on a two-day celebration. Venues for a very casual Friday night party are still being explored, and menus and programming for Saturday night are being discussed. If anyone in the area would like to join us in this endeavor, please contact me. But if you can't be here in person, please feel free to send in your ideas and suggestions. This is a milestone anniversary for the class, and we want it to be a joyful and memorable occasion that you'll cherish for years to come, or until your memory goes.


CWHS '65 Reunion Committee

Kathy Keefer Fink, Chairman
Steve Guy, Treasurer
Carol Flinspach Yinger, Co-Treasurer
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



M.I.A. '65 Alumni

Below is a list of some of our missing classmates. Contact information about any of them, or any other classmate you might know of whose name does not appear below, would be greatly appreciated. Please contact us at . Thanks.

Nancy Acton
Rebecca Jo Adams
Martin Aldridge
Joan Archer
Wayne Ayers
Alan Bartel
Rifka Bennett
Barry Bevins
Paula Birchfield
Janet Blair
Barbara Bradford
Jo Ann Bradley
Nancy Calvert
Chuck Cashier
Nell Cline
Pat Covey
Carol Creager
Sue Cope
Ed Cornett
Bonnie Crouch
Lynn Culbertson
Janet Cunningham
Judy Dabbelt
Lynn Edwards
Ted Ellison
Nancy Ewing
Howard Feldman
Brenda Ferguson
Steve Finn
Janet Fraser
Don Foster
Bonnie Fournier
Sharon Frank
Gary Graf
Billie Gray
Judy Hale
Shirley Hale
Sharon Hampton
Joyce Mary Hardin
Paula Hargis
Phyllis Harman
Paula Ann Harris
Dee Harrison
Alma Helfinstine
Sandra Hickson
Barbara Hinton
Rodney Houston
Wyonne Hunstad
Bill Jacobs
Paula Jenkins
Bruce Kaplan
Nathan Katz
Lillian King
Roger Kinnaman

Gay Knott
Gary Knox
John Kosater
Doug Krabacher
Herbert Kritzer
Margery Lamden
Chuck Lefevre
Loralee Levay
Virginia Little
Donna Lykins
Van Markle
Jim Martin
Betty McDonald
Jerry McElroy
Jo Ann McKay
Deanna Messer
John Paul Morgan
Gary Moritz
Bill Muncy
Patty O'Connor
David Palmer
Mary Perkins
Ken Recob
Linda Richey
Marilyn Robinson
Paul Rowe
Patricia Saylor
Minette Schiessler
Cheryl Schroeder
Gayle Selby
Vivian Sewell
Sheila Shumaker
Dennis Simpson
Jean Smith
Ken Smith
John Sopiwnik
Sue Stephens
Nancy Struck
Bruce Teague
Katy Tomlinson
Darlene Trump
Reed Van Doren
Kathryn Van Dyke
Russell Dale Van Zant
Jim Waggoner
John Walewski
Sandra Wallace
Rebecca Jo Webb
Susan Weisgram
Beverly Wiley
Betty Williford
Betty Wilmoth
Danny Winters
John York



The CWHS “Class of ’65 Turns 65” Birthday Bash - October 12, 2012

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1. Rob Jewett
2. Joe McCoppin
3. Mike Dungan
4. Howard Krisher
5. Doug Korns
6. Dave Finnell
7. Kip Napier
8. Marilyn Minneman
9. Fred Englehardt
10. Eileen Lauderman
11. Peggy Miller
12. Carolyn Welhener
13. Bruce Humphrey
14. Kay Prinz
15. Kathy Keefer
16. Denny Egger
17. Milan Mamula
18. Randy Geel
19. Wayne Smith
20. Bob Albaugh
21. Tom Struckman
22. Bob Scheller
23. Bob Huff
24. John Stephens
25. Marlene Lansman
26. Kathy Iman
27. Dave Straus
28. Bill Grimpe
29. Suzy Stephens
30. Carol Flinspach
31. Kay Branson
32. Sheila Swartzel
33. Steve Rubin
34. Ed Pfeiffer
35. Joanne Jett
36. Barry Udis
37. Karen Moore
38. Sheryl Petry
39. Sherman Hillelson
40. Debbie Teeters
41. Chery Redinger
42. Steve Guy
43. Jean Monbeck
44. Pat Hoskinson
(Not pictured: Larry House, Sarita Smith, Sylvia Williams)

Class Notes:

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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