Last year at the big 50th celebration, several that attended the gathering at the picnic suggested doing it again on a yearly basis. This year we all enjoyed a great time at the the old American Lake Park. The third Saturday in August seems to work well for most classmates who want to attend and stay in touch.
The first ones to show up were Carl Knight and his wife Melody. They have some stories to tell of their time in Africa and Sierra Leone as Missionaries.
Then there was Joe Hedges and his wife Caroline. Like last year, Carl, Joe and I had a great time talking about how God worked in our lives. Joe is Pastor of a small church down near Astoria, Oregon. He is also a talented artist.
Joe O'Daniels was the next to wander in. Joe has been retired from the Fire Department for 17years. He has been a motorcycle rider and is now getting involved in the large scale model railroad hobby.
Then came John Halvorsen. What a prince of a guy. He has got to be one of the classiest guys in our class. His mother was the English teacher for many of us. She passed away about 17 years ago. John is still an active musician and played in a concert in Seattle the night before the picnic.
Everyone brought their own lunch and when we got hungry we set out some chips, dips and other snacks. Bringing the old Klahowya's from 1959 to 1962 was helpful for remembering so and so...
When Ed Densmore arrived with his wife Connie, they said they were not able to stay - but wound up staying until 2pm when we had to tear down the picnic and make room for another group that rented the shelter for the rest of the afternoon. Ed has some stories that will make you a believer in "Divine Coincidences".
Ed observed that it is a curious thing how several of our classmates have become involved in some sort of a Christian Ministry or another. We are not sure how many for whom that is so but it was true for several that attended the picnic.
Jaime Tubig and his dear wife were there too (I am sorry I forgot her name but I will make it a point to remember it next time). I really like her line about introducing Jaime - "His name is Jaime too-big-for-his-breeches."
It sure was great to see everyone. Last year was a rough year for Marion and me. We both lost our mothers and our favorite old Pastor also passed away and Marion broke her hip and is still recovering from the surgery.
Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Too-big-for-his-breeches. :) Love it.
Yours truly Larry Killion - I know, I'm going to start exercising soon.
Marion Hirata Killion my precious bride for 48 years come October 9th.