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The Class of ’66

By Staff | Jul 22, 2016

Pictured are members of the Rugby High School Class of 1966 who celebrated their 50th class reunion last week. BACK ROW (left to right): Delby Hager, Tom Thingvold, Sherry (Fettig) Thingvold, Fred Bonn, Bibiana Ponce de Leon (Foreign exchange student from Argentina), David Schall, Bill Bednarz, Sheila (Busch) Schall MIDDLE ROW: Janice (Richter) Hager, Susan (Brynsteson) Tuchscherer, Louise (Van Sweringen) Peeler, Cleo (Senger) Pederson, Loretta (Bischoff) Gange, Connie (Fjellanger) Wells FRONT ROW: Tom Lavik, Richard Cooper, Tom Teigen, Jerry Geisinger and Gary Wurgler.

The class of 1966 was very excited to gather at the All-School Reunion, whereas it was our 50th Celebration.

And celebrate we did.

As we started meeting one another at the registration, it was as if we had been together for the last 50 years. There was a true bond that never really faded away. We roamed the halls of Rugby High School and reminisced.

That was the start of the full weekend together.

We cruised Main Street, plus every side street in Rugby, had lunch at Rockin Relics, and did more cruising. Let’s not forget the two trips to the cemetery to visit with Mom and Dad.

We attended the Opening Ceremony at Johnsen Field as a group, and the evening was filled with patronizing the local taverns.

Saturday was our big day. We had our celebration at the Dakota Farms Restaurant in the Yellow Room. It was pretty difficult to see the yellow through the decorations of streamers and balloons (we needed a truck to pick up the balloons from the Rugby Greenhouse). Upon the delivery of our delicious cake and cupcakes by The Farmers Wife Cakes, our classmates and spouses arrived to spend the day.

We had 50th t-shirts designed by iDesign as memorabilia for the day. We hovered over all four of our yearbooks and Pierce County Tribune articles written by our classmate, Bill Gronvold. We shared stories of our classmates who have passed away and the classmates who could not attend. We felt that the group of 25 people wrapped around our table that day was pretty darn elite.

We were thrilled to have Bibiana Ponce de Leon form Argentina return to share the weekend and laugh with all of us.

Then there was the photo session.

We had a 1966 class float and a 1966 Bonneville convertible to represent us in the Sunday Parade. Of course we had to provide a spotlight for the Homecoming King and his Letterman’s sweater and his Princesses. We actually had enough candy for the entire parade route. What a day!

Love Rugby High School, Go Panthers.

Love Rugby and really love our classmates.

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