Nancy E. Abbot Johns, 65, passed away peacefully at Quail Creek Nursing Home in Springfield, Missouri on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, after a two and a half year bout with cancer. She was born on October 24, 1947, in Kansas City, MO, to Orson Thomas and Lorene (Sederquist) Abbott. She was a 1966 graduate of North Kansas City High School. In July of 1968, she married Joseph Johns of Kansas City, MO, and they had two sons. For the next 44 plus years, she attempted to raise Joe and their sons as they moved from Kansas City to Springfield back to Kansas City then to Waterloo, Ill, then to Mexico City, then to Marissa, Ill, and finally to Stockton, MO, where she did volunteer work in each town. She did a superb job. None who met this beautiful, kind, and compassionate lady could fail to appreciate her bravery and sense of humor. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Joseph E. Johns of Stockton; her sons, Joseph Anderson Johns and William Joseph Johns of Springfield, MO; her sister, Shirley Abbott of San Juan Capistrano, CA; her Harley Davidson Motorcycle; and her dog, Keesha.
a good friend all thru school..my neighbor in Gashland and my locker partner in school sorry that I only talked to him twice and for a few moments each time since graduating ......I know for sure he's in God's memory John 5:28
John Barrett (class of '66) served with the 300th Military Police company in Viet Nam from 1968 to 1969. After his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1970, he joined the a Kansas City Missouri Police Department where he served the public for 25 years. In 2006, John lost a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Warne Barrett (NKC '67) and two children, John Steven Barrett, Jr. and Amy Barrett Fly.
Bob Blake graduated from CMSU with a degree in Business Administration, after having served in the Army as a Cobra combat helicopter pilot in Viet Nam. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Bob married Candace Hover (OPHS '66) in 1973 and they had three children.
Having worked as Director of Professional Services for the GSA, Bob retired from the federal government and spent even more time golfing. He was an avid and accomplished golfer.
I'm one of thosse people that is like an elephant when it comes to memories, I NEVER FORGET!! Bob was always kind and always spoke when I said hello to him. Bob will never be forgotten, because he was thoughtful to mankind as a whole and never wasted any time, he was quick to respond but thought before he spoke! All good and great prople are always remembered!.
I'm sad to say that I don't know when Janet passed away. We were high school friends and were often in the same classes. We had in common that our father's were graduates of NKCHS in 1936 and they both dated Mildred Fulton, NKC long-time drama teacher, of the same class.
I thought after 50 years it would be easier to write about my happy graduation night experience with Carl, his Mom and Dad and my family. But it isn't, this is my third attempt.
We lived in such a cool post WWII neighborhood as Hal and Kathy have indicated and Carl lived on the first street of an adjoining subdivision next to Oakwood Manor where we all went to middle school. Carl always hung out with us though. The guys played every sport the year round, whatever was in season. As we got older the girls would come around sometimes to watch us play. It was almost idyllic, so much fun and good things happening constantly.
If you recall on graduation night we received "fake" diplomas on the stage and afterward we got our real ones in classrooms with alphabetized signs. Since Carl and I were in the ABC room we hooked up as we left the auditorium. Carl was going to Findlay College in Ohio to study mathematics; I said Jackie and I were going to SMS, she to major in mathematics too and I was going to get a BS in beer. As we stood in line we kept cracking jokes and laughing like we always did.
My Mom, Dad and little sister were tagging along behind us when Mr/Mrs Calcara came up to my family. Mrs. Calcara saw my Mom, held out her arms and said, "Our little boys have grown into big men!" and they embraced. His Dad and mine were laughing about something too. Carl said, "Now they're acting like little kids."
My little sister woke me up the next morning, and with wild eyes, told me what had happened. Hal's Mother had called my Mom. Two nights later it seemed like the entire village were paying their respects to the Calcara household with lines of people entering through the front door. And I watched my Mom embrace Mrs. Calcara again.
From Kathy Meyer Dunback on January 26th, 2016
I grew up with Carl and he was my first kiss. His death on graduation night is still a shocking memory that never fades. I think of him so often. We lost such a good person way too early.
From Toni Case on June 18th, 2015
Carl sat on the other side of me (see Bill Dodson tributes) in Senior Lit. How lucky could a girl be to sit between these two cute, charming and memorable guys?
From harold"hal" grissum on June 17th, 2015
carl was my close buddy growing up we played sports for hours he left us way too soon
Carmen Frank Cerra passed away suddenly January 2, 2015. He served in the US Navy from March 28, 1967 to March 9, 1971 and was honorably discharged. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 2004 with 30 years service as a Maintenance Mechanic. Carmen was an Eagle Scout and involved in Scouting for 50 years, a Eucharistic Minister in the Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Colulmbus and a model ship builder.
Ann died in a car crash in rural Missouri on Nov. 19, 1967. We were best friends from the day we met in Ms. Fulton's drama class until she died. She was sunlight and laughter. Sweet and kind. I still miss her.
I grew up with Jim Coleman. Literally across the street. He was fun, sweet, cute and I have many wonderful memories of just being kids together. He got drafted and was killed 30 days after being sent to Vietnam. I came home from college at Marysville and remember well the day I heard the news. My Mother received a letter from him a week later. RIP. Another of our classmates who were lost in that terrible war.
Donald W. Crabaugh died August 1, 1984. He was a senior mechanical designer for Black and Veach Consulting Engineers for 15 years. Don was an Army veteran of the Vietnam war and an Eagle Scout, having earned the God and Country Award. He was a Warrior of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
Diane and I had so much fun in junior high. I'm sure I wet my pants from laughing so hard! We went back and forth between houses and NKC pool during the summers - she was a great diver - I was envious! We lost track of each other but understand she became a nurse. Saw her again at one of our reunions - easy to recognize that laugh. Then heard she had died, don't really know the circumstances, just sadness amongst the fun memories.
Vicki was a good friend of mine from junior high school through high school and my roommate freshman year at Northwest state. She was fun and we went down to her Mohter's beauty shop in their house and she "frosted" my hair for the first time. She flunked out from the first semester at NW state. Too much party, not enough library. The only person I knew who would go to the library to study and come back drunk. Loved her.
Bill was a Private First Class in the United States Marines and was a non-hostile casualty in Military Region 1--Quang Nam. He served in the Radio, Relay & Communication Company, 7th Communication Battalion, 1st Marine Division, III MAF (Marine Amphibious Force).
Linda is right about Bill. He was a sweetheart. He sat next to me in Senior Lit and we became good buddies, although I think his motto was: English Leather--Never Leave Home Without It. :-)
From Linda Farrokhzadian on May 20th, 2015
During high school Bill was such a good friend to me....a trusted advisor and all around buddy. I was a silly young girl and already engaged during my senior year to someone overseas...Bill would talk to me on our bus rides to and from school that he hoped he would be lucky enough to marry a girl like me. He joined the U.S. Marines and started his tour of duty in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam on 5/18/1968 and was killed on 6/28/1968. To a dear sweet friend who stays forever a boy of 20. (11/09/1947 to 06/28/1968)
I hadn't heard that Sue had passed away until recently. Susie, Glenda Beck and I spent hours riding our bikes and playing in the woods that were between our homes during elementary and junior high. She was quiet and a good frined.
Janet and I sat next to each other in Russian I and, as I recall, her class name was Olga (mine was Tanya). She came from a Polish background so we were always comparing Russian to Polish. She was soooo cute!
Specialist Four Gary Hanlin was killied in battle in Kontum Province, South Vietnam. He served with A Company, 3rd Battalion 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, USARV. Gary is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Liberty, Missouri.
William Robert Huber, Jr. was born May 4, 1948 in Chicago and died January 1, 2016 at North Kansas City Hospital. Bill earned an Associate's Degree from Kansas City Community College and served in the U. S. Army from 1969 to 1971.
Mike Hutchinson earned an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice and served for five years with the Kansas City Police. Finding police work too depressing, he changed careers and retired from General Motors after 30 years. Mike married Mary Wertz (NKC '66) and they were together for 26 years until his death in 2013. Mike was an avid reader and, with Mary and their two children, enjoyed many wonderful vacations at beach resorts in Florida and Mexico.
Pam graduated from Southwest Missouri State University and moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. She appearead in many commercials, Broadway plays, and on television (most notably in a recurring role on Search for Tomorrow). She returned to Kansas City later in life where she continued to act in local theater, commercials and industrial fims. Pam was an excellent graphic artist and shortly before her death held a one-woman show to raise money for Children's Mercy Hospital. Pam died in June, 2004 at the home of her parents after a lengthy and debilitating battle with cancer.
Pam was a neighborhood friend I cherished from early grade school. We shared a love of horses and of art. She was making oil paintings even as a child and once surprised me with a portrait of our Cocker Spaniel. She starred in many theater productions at NCKHS and OPHS. I was most blown away by her role in THE LARK. Years later, I saw her at the funeral of a neighbor. She was still radiantly beautiful, although her battle with cancer had turned her hair snow white. We kept in touch after that, and I cherish several handmade greeting cards she sent me. I was so sorry to hear from her parents that she had passed. Every day, I see her drawings in my bookcase and the bring me me such sweet memories.
From pam mccaslin martin on November 1st, 2015
Pam was a very kind person. I recall talking to her and she noticed I had a very picked at pimple and said you picked it so hard that you bruised your pretty face! Now, how many people can say such a nice thing to a teen that just bombarded a itty bitty pimple! I choose to remember her as a very talented and sweet
The best big brother anyone could ever have! I can't believe it's been 50 years without you here. I know you are in Heaven, and our sister and mom are there with you now. I can't wait til I see you again!
From harold "hal" grissum on June 17th, 2015
eddie was my left tackle and friend. he left us way too soon
Barbara Lopshire Simon died at North Kansas City Hospital, losing her battle with lung cancer on May 3, 2015. She was married for 45 years to Mike Simon and enjoyed gardening. Her favorite job was being a grandmother.
Miguel Martin was an AFS student at Oak Park High School who was from Barcelona, Spain. He graduated from law school in Spain and obtained an additional degree from the University of Miami Law School. Miguel established his own law firm and was well respected as an international lawyer. He was a long time resident of Key Biscayne, Florida.
Johnny was the cutest and sweetest boy and my first boyfriend. In elementary school he used to get off at my bus stop and walk me home, then walk himself home. He was the first boy I kissed. We were in second grade, and were in a closet. We put a ping pong ball between our lips so they wouldn't touch! Johnny died in Viet Nam. I think about him often.
Jim was very funny (ha! ha!, helped me laugh).
He accused me of going out with him only because he had a big red fancy car! I tried my best to make him believe otherwise! I had tons of fun with him and will always remember him as a great guy!
Linda Marjorie Mijares died Sunday, September 27, 2015. She is remembered by friends and family as a beautiful, caring and funny spirit who had a passion for creating art. The family made note of her struggles with mental illness and requested donations to National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
Tim lived in Warrensburg and was a Senior Partner with Murdock Banner Financial Group. He received a BA in sociology from Central Missouri State University and worked for Dunn & Bradstreet before returning to Warrensburg to start his own business.
Mike and I started playing bluegrass music together when we were seniors at Oak Park. His personality was infectious with humor and you couldn't help but laugh when you were around him. I also played guitar and banjo and over the years we played a lot of music with mutual friends. He will be missed always. Larry Willis
From Pam mccaslin martin on November 1st, 2015
A man with many talents, singing and strumming his guitar! I was in an establishment where he was performing, making everyone laugh and all enjoying listening and watching him perform! If you choose to look in the yearbook, you will see him holding a doll upside down and Donna Wales laughing at his antics! Such a wonderful man. His son came into a Conoco station where I was a clerk and I made a comment that his dad was absolutely crazy. Sean gave me a dirty look and I said what I mean is that is was funny! I had to smooth that little comment!
Pam and I were in girl scouts and I think most of the time had a great time! I will always remember her and a really crazy, cuttin it up gal! I would sit and look at her freckled face and try to count the dots and she would laugh and say did you find them all! She and Vinny Vaccaro were pervect for each other. I recall when He was running for Clay County Admin. or some office. and he made the remark that Beverly Ryan would never take away the love of his life! that sounds strange, but it is very true! I just loved her bunches!
James Myron Raymer, Jr. passed away at the age of 58 years. Jim graduated from UMKC in 1975 and worked as a dental hygienist both in private practice dental offices and in public health. He was the father of six children.
I remember Steve as a very quiet, shy guy. At a teen town dance in 8th grade, Janie Russel, Glenda Beck, myself and a couple of other girls decided to rush Steve. Every time one song ended, another of us would ask him to dance. I hope he had a good time and wasn't mortified.
I had no idea that Al had passed away. I would see him at Riverside Red X and around the Northland....he was always teasing me and always had a huge smile on his face.....he was a good guy and happy in life.
From Cliff Ebel on August 16th, 2015
Alfred was a good friend. Always had a smile in good and bad. He will be missed.
Steve was a man that loved cars! He was a kind man who helped many people. He was a private person but to his friends he was there if they needed anthing. When his mother aged he took care of her of her needs. Many years back he told me that when it was his "time" he was ready to go.
From Larry Willis on June 29th, 2016
Steve and his brother Donnie and I grew up together in the old Gashland area. I always thought Steve was one of the coolest dudes around. We got separated (like a lot of us did during the Vietnam war). I think Steve served around Pleiku and I was in the A Shau Valley, west of Da Nang. I lost track of Steve and Donnie but will always remember the good old times with them. I hope Steve and Donnie are doing well. Larry Willis.
From Roberta (Ginny) Scanland-Pressly on June 26th, 2016
I only met Paul around 1994 through a love of riding Harleys and our membership in the Harley Owners Group. A love of boating also took us to Paul’s lake house a few times. Only a little over a year ago did I realize Paul and I were in the same high school class. Somehow, our high school experience never came up, (perhaps because our spouses didn’t share this with us).
Paul was a funny guy. Whether it was a simple dinner ride, a weekend (or longer) motorcycle rally, or a trip to the lake, Paul kept the party going. He kept everyone on their toes, laughing all the way. In 2003, he fought through serious brain surgery, recovering just in time for summer, (the best time of year for bikers and boaters), but was suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us even as spring was at its best.
Paul’s visitation and funeral were attended by an amazing number of people. Until seeing the long lines of people at the visitation and standing room only at the funeral, I don’t think anyone realized how many lives he had touched.
Mike Solas passed away July 22, 2010. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and retired after 31 years from the Ford Motor Assembly Plant in Claycomo. Mike and his wife Holly were married for 36 years. Mike was an avid golfer and loved boating and spending time at the lake, but most of all he was a proud grandfather.
Rex and I lockered together at East Gate JHS in the 9th or 10th grade. I wondered about Rex when I went to the 45th NKCHS reunion in 2011. I think I found what happened to him by searching the internet. I hope my information is accurate.
Rex Denis Spaur born Jan 14, 1948, Wilmington, DE.His parents are Rex H. Spaur (Aug14,1924- Jan 15,2010). Mother Carolyn Lee Guerney Spaur (1923-). Sister Robyn Lee Spaur Clevenger (May 31, 1955- ) Kansas
Rex Denis Spaur died in a automobile accident Clay County, MO Oct. 12, 1974. He is buried in Old Howard Cemetery, Sutton, Worcester County, MA
Pat was my neighbor from grade school through high school. We rented a house together for just a few months before she became sick. We had many good times with our families. Fun sharing the same first name and rooming together. I think of our good times often.
Warrant Officer Roy Stilwell was killed in a helicopter crash as a result of hostile fire in Binh Duong, South Vietnam. Roy served with the 57th Medical Detachment, 68th Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade, USARV.
Vicki Stone Myers passed away March 7, 2015. She retired from Kansas City Power and Light in 2004 and fulfilled a dream by opening and operating the Warrior Shop which sold spirit wear and related items to the Smithville community. She and her husband of 47 years, Jerry, were proud grandparents of two grandchildren.
Karen Swentor, vicky and i ran around together and really could have got into a lot of trouble, but we managed to dodge the bullet a few times.
I always called anyone that lived in Gashland the gashland gandies! I really remember us riding around in Karen's VW trying to figure out the words to "Louie Louie". I believe that we made it across the inter-viaduct a couple of times. Good Lord! I remember being at her mom's house and she was having really bad pains in her right side. Jerry Meyers picked her up and took her to the EM. She was having an append. attack! Karen married Ron Meyers & this is how she met her future husband Jerry! Another good pal of mine!
Larry Keith Thomas, 60, of Kansas City North, passed away August 5, 2008 at North Kansas City Hospital. Larry was born February 19, 1948 in Denver Colorado. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a member of the VFW. He worked for AT&T for 30 years. Larry leaves his son, Derek Thomas; mother, Marjorie Curd; step-mother, Judy Thomas; brothers, Danny and Darren Thomas; sisters, Mary Jane Schreiver and Susan Circo (and her husband Sam); aunts, Romona Watson and Theona Lane; uncle, George Thomas (and his wife Violet); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Keith Thomas, in 2003.
Steven V. Urness was born November 23, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri and died May 13, 2014 after battling heart disease and diabetes. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State College and served six years as an officer with the Army Corps of Engineers, most of that time in Germany where he became fluent in the language. After his service, Steve resided in Desoto, Missouri with his family and taught drafting and shop classes. An avid motorcyclist, he continued to enjoy riding his Harley even in his later years.
Charles was my counsin He was a Medic in the Vietnam war. He lived off of Grand Ave. close to The Hyatt Regency (now the Sheraton), right by Crown Center. He had obtained a job at the Hyatt as the head bar tender. He met with an untimely, tragic death close to his residence. He was very kind and I loved to be around him. His Grandpa and Grandma ran a gasoline/bar/restaurant located at 69th and North Oak; it was called Fred and Opals Tavern. Aunt Opal was my Fathers Sister. Charles' smile and laughter will be missed!
William F. Wonder, Jr. died May 7, 1987. He was a lifelong Kansas City resident and worked as a systems analyst for Trans World Airlines. Bill was a graduate of Rockhurst College and a member of MENSA.
Lamar "Dude" Yancey died October 24, 2006 at his residence in Tampa, Florida where he had lived since 1971. He served two tours as a sniper with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam, earning three Purple Hearts. He was an actor and a dancer who loved the theater.