From Debby (Callaghan) Barnard:
Norm was my quiet knight in shining armor during my 3 months in the hospital in the summer of 1968. He visited me every day they allowed and although he said very little, his presence was a huge encouragement to me. I often wondered what happened to him and was greatly saddened to realize he is gone. I can only hope to see him in heaven again someday.
Jim was a good friend from University Park through Merrill Jr,.High, TJ and even a bit into college, though we attended different universities. Thereafter, we only distantly remained in touch, but I always carried warm feelings towards him - just a really good guy, smart and an immensely likable personality. I mostly kept track of him through Russ Stracy and was shattered when I learned the two of them had been killed in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver on the way to an adult rec league basketball game near Craig, CO. As I recall, he was a med tech, married to a woman he met at Greeley (Claire) and had 3 young daughters - hoping they've all been able to overcome that untimely, heartwrenching loss & found happiness in their lives.
Because our names and initials were the same, BB, we ended up standing or stitting next to each other all through high school. She was a wonderful, smart, warm person. Very dedicated to her church, she was the first person I ever knew that went on a Mission for the LDS church. I truly respected her for her strong beliefs and intelligence.
I've been sad since hearing of Janis's death. She had a smile that filled her face with cheer, and I loved being around her. I wasn't very popular, but Janis made me feel accepted. I so wanted to see her smile again.
One of my closest friends from TJ and until his passing. Bob was a "golden child" at TJ and CU: smart, athletic, good looking, and one of the wittiest people I've ever known - he bestowed nicknames on a circle of friends that continue to be used by many of us today when we're together even today. He suffered from bipolar disorder most of his adult life, unfortunately. It caused him, his family and loved ones an incredible amount of anguish, but individuals like Doug Henninger and Bill Weimar provided steadfast friendship and I tried to do likewise from afar. Even decades later, I both smile & tear up recalling memories of times together. I treasure our friendship & miss him dearly, but it is a small comfort to know that he is no longer struggling.
From Doug Horner on September 22nd, 2021
Didn't know Bob Real well, I did know him enough to say HI to him in the halls and visit every now-and-then around and outside of school. He was always a good guy and fun to be around. HAPPY TRAILS FRIEND! Be-a-seein-ya on down tha road! Doug
I came to know Keith from recent reunion committees more than in high school. As an adult, he was soft spoken, earnest, cordial and engaging. While he was open about his condition, he didn't reveal the extent to which his cancer had advanced. Sadly, if the 50th had occurred as orginally planned, he would have been able to attend. I thought of him several times in the re-scheduled prelude and on the weekend, itself. I'm mindful of his efforts and sorry he couldn't hear the accolades that were shared - it would have pleased him to know people enjoyed the events & he deserved credit for helping to make it happen. My regards & condolences to his family and other friends. I'm glad we became acquainted, even though later in life.
Russ was a contradiction - physically imposing and a relentless competitor, but easily given to laughter and a gentle disposition away from sporting endeavors. He was straightforward, plain spoken and completely unpretentious ...you didn't ask his opinion about anything, unless you were prepared to hear his unvarnished perspective. There was nothing cruel or mean spirited about Russ, he was just completely candid by nature. In high school that was a unique quality and I learned to appreciate how refreshing it was to be friends with someone who didn't "sugar coat" their comments. I was devastated when i received the phone call telling me he'd been killed in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. He was my first really close friend to die. Happily, his memory usually results in me recalling comments or shared misadventures that cause me to inwardly chuckle. He remains a vivid presence and a pillar in my life.
From Doug Horner on September 22nd, 2021
In my opinion Russ was a friend to everyone he met. I was not into most of the sports at that time but Russ was always a pleasure to be around and we visited quite often. Russ left us "WAY TO EARLY" but he has been missed. I'll always remember some of the times we shared. Doug Horner