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Jeanette Marrs (Read)
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Orange CA US 92869-1201
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Vicki Livingston (Richman)
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January 19 Kearney NE US 68845 Married 3
Richard, Thank you for creating and managing this site for all of us. Just saying "retired" probably needs some editing, so I will add more later. Smile - it is "up-dated." Send Vicki a MessageSend Vicki a Message
Thomas L. "Tom" Richter
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Kearney NE US 68845
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Merle Riege
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Kearney NE US 68847
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Linda Laughlin (Ripp)
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Kearney NE US 68845-7500
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Bernie Ritterbush
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August 18, 1945 Ringgold GA US 30736 Following Jesus www.ritterbush.com Married 3
 
My life in 6 and a half minutes – (Updated 8/19/13; turned 68 yesterday)
 
Now living in GA, let me say I joined y’all as a classmate in 9th grade (1959). My family moved to Kearney in 1955, but l attended two-room Zion Lutheran Parochial School grades 5-8. My classmates there were Cathy Dienes, Ron Jiede, Eunice Jones, and Merle Riege. Prior to that, I had lived on farms outside Holdrege, Cambridge and Alma and in town in Bertrand, attending 4 different schools during K-4, including two one-room country schools. Ask me sometime about my thoughts now regarding that first day walking into KJHS!
 
I am the third of six children, with four brothers and one sister. My older brother and sister graduated from Longfellow. My next younger brother, Verlen, was a sophomore when we were seniors, so some of you may remember him at KHS. Dad worked a number of places, before settling into a career path with the Wheeler Farm Stores, for whom he moved back to Holdrege in 1965 to open their new store as manager. He then transferred as manager to Beatrice in 1972, in order to be near my youngest brother, Danny, who has been in the State Developmental Center since 1964. Though normal from birth, Danny suddenly became hyper-active and mentally disabled when he was about three, and Dad and Mom could no longer adequately manage him at home by the time he was 10.    My parents’ graves are there near the State Center.
 
The summer after we graduated is almost a blank to me. Looking back, I think I was in a fog of sorts, knowing one phase of life had come to an end with graduation and knowing a new, unknown phase would begin in the fall, but not knowing what to do in between except work and earn all I could and mindlessly fill the time. My deepest apologies for unplugging from y’all that summer and not really saying farewells as I left in the fall.
 
I went off to Northwestern University, country boy in the big city. That adjustment is another thing to ask me about if you’re interested. And yes, I got my first B and C that first quarter, with several more B’s to follow. Started out in engineering, but switched to liberal arts at the end of my sophomore year. Still enjoyed literature and languages, besides science and math. Graduated with honors and PBK, with a major in Econ and minor in Math. My heart was not in going off to Princeton for graduate work in Econ; I was tired of sitting in classrooms and writing exams. So I applied for Air Force OCS. Failed the physical due to a broken elbow at age three.
 
That freed me up to pursue working, so I accepted a position as an actuarial student with a large insurance organization in WI. Spent the next 7 years working, doing self-study and, what else, writing exams, mostly 6-hour ones!! Got my Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries in 1974.
 
Married Ann, my college sweetheart, in 1968, the day after she graduated from Northwestern. Our wedding was in the NU Chapel, where we met in the choir. We have three children, Jon, Jessica, and David, all married, five grandchildren, and two grand-dogs. Of possible interest to you (and irony to me), Jon, Laura and their two boys have lived in Kearney since 2009; Jon is on the faculty at UN-K. That has renewed my connection to the town I still think of as home. Jessica, Scott and their family, including two daughters and a new son, live 3 miles from us, here in Ringgold, GA. David and Brooke plus their two dogs are in Chattanooga, 8 miles away.
 
My life changed profoundly and wonderfully in 1972 when I met Jesus Christ, and moved from dead religiosity to a new living relationship with Almighty God. Knowing not everyone will want to hear about that, I will leave that to a separate piece you can read or see. Suffice it to say, once Ann and I were looking the same direction toward God (which took us through two very hard years that included separation and the brink of divorce), our whole perspective and priorities on life changed and our lives became an adventure of following Jesus wherever He led.
 
In broad strokes, this has included a move to Fort Wayne in 1977 to be the actuary of a small mutual insurance company, then leaving that career in 1980 to join the staff of Christian Business Men’s Connection, helping fellow business and professional men know Jesus, grow spiritually, and invest themselves in the lives of others. That brought us to the CBMC Headquarters in Chattanooga in 1992. Along the way we ended up traveling to beautiful places we never would have imagined going and meeting or working with incredible people. (Though I don’t swing a stick, for you golfers, I’ll just mention such places as Doral, Sawgrass, Scottsdale, Broadmoor, Camelback, Palm Springs, Bermuda Princess, and del Coronado.)
 
Then in 1996 God launched me out to form a new ministry, Men’s Ministry Network, with the aim of helping local churches do for men the same thing CBMC does in the marketplace. In the past 15 months, I have completed turning over my leadership role of that ministry to a new Executive Director, and just last week attended my last meeting as a member of the Board.
 
Ann and I have enjoyed traveling together, beginning with our honeymoon through Ontario. My favorite places in the continental US are Yosemite and Glen Eyrie, CO. Our most memorable trips have been 10 days in Ecuador (1979) and, best of all, 8 days in Israel (40th anniversary, 2008). I was blessed to return to Israel for two weeks this past spring.
 
Ann’s and my plans for the remaining years God gives us is to continue personally investing in others, particularly our children and grandchildren; to develop a “trail guide” to spiritual maturity that can be used by others, based on all God has taught and shown us over the past 33 years; and to help our own congregation establish an intentional disciplemaking process for every member.
 
You have no idea how much I look forward to reading all your updates and seeing many of you at the 50-year Reunion this week!
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Gail Geist (Robinson)
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York NE US 68467
Gail Geist Robinson currently does not have a lsited email address.  She currently lives in York, NE after retiring from teaching.  If you would like to contact Gail, please email the Web Master (richard.ender@cox.net).
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Josephine Carranza (Rodriguez)
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Kearney NE US 68847
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Donn Rojeski
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Fresno CA US 93710-5813
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James Rookstool
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Omaha NE US 68104

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