Decatur, Illinois

Decatur, Illinois
Curve-In, Fairview Avenue

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 Reunion Dinner Update / 70th Birthday Celebration

This is a followup and update to the previously published "2017 Reunion Dinner Planned."

Nan Walker Morrison & Millie McCaddon Smith have passed along the following letter to the class. This is the last notification for this event, according to this missive. Please respond to them via Millie's email address [], by clicking the hyperlink here.

TapRoot Restaurant, Merchant Street, Decatur, Illinois. Second Floor, Saturday, 5:00 PM, September 9, 2017.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 Reunion Dinner Planned

Nancy Walker Morrison has sent along the following letter to Mac '65 classmates. This dinner is going to happen in Decatur, Illinois. Please send a comment to the Mac '65 Facebook page if you think you might attend, so an estimate for seating can be made.

An Early Reminder
Hi and greetings Mac '65 Generals,
We are planning to gather for an enjoyable dinner and evening on Saturday, September 9, 2017. 
This is in response to many classmates who have requested that our class have more opportunities to get together in the next few years. This year would also be commemorating our 70th birthday. 
Good gracious can you believe that? 
If you're interested in attending, please save the above date on your calendars. More specific details to follow later. 
Nan Walker Morrison

A recent photograph of Nancy Walker Morrison, added by your moderator via Facebook. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Kay McCoy Passes Away

Kay Graham McCoy, a 1965 graduate of Douglas MacArthur High School, has been reported to have passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Kay was a member of Class Council as a freshman, Future Homemakers of America (FHA) as a sophomore, Student Council Election Assembly as a sophomore, Girls' Athletic Association (GAA) as a sophomore and junior, Spanish Club as junior, Pep Club as a junior, Big Mac Day as a junior, Prom Committee as a junior, Homecoming Committees as a sophomore and senior, Dramatics Club as a junior and senior, and Senior Class Play.

In April 2011, Kay noted her married name was Althoff and she had recently moved back to Decatur.

Last year, Sue Evans passed along news that Kay McCoy was comatose and in a nursing home, since a stroke.

Formal obituary

LINCOLN, ILLINOIS — Kay Marie (McCoy) Althoff, 69, formerly of Decatur, passed away March 3, 2017 at Symphony of Lincoln, Lincoln, Illinois. Kay was born Sept 11, 1947, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of C. Gordon Graham and June (Larson) Graham. Kay's father died when she was two years old. Her mother later married J. Arnold McCoy who adopted Kay.
Kay was a 1965 graduate of MacArthur High School in Decatur, Illinois. She continued her education at William Jewel and Eastern Illinois University earning a B.S. in Education. She completed her education by receiving her Master of Arts degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Kay's love of special needs children led her to career in Special Education. She taught at South Shores School in Decatur and a suburb of Chicago before becoming Principal of Early Childhood Special Education in Alton, Illinois, and retired as Supervisor for Special Education in the Alton school system.
Kay was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church of Decatur and a member of the Illinois Education Association, where she held several offices. Kay's sisters in Alpha Delta Pi Sorority played a very special part in her life, maintaining many lifetime friendships that gave her much love, support and encouragement during her life and illness. Kay spent her retirement years at her home on Lake of the Ozarks until her health declined and she returned to Decatur to be closer to her family.
Kay is survived by her brothers, Gary J McCoy, Niantic, Illinois, and Thomas D McCoy (Ella DeWeese) Kearney, NE, sister-in-law Carol A McCoy, Argenta, Illinois, several nieces, nephews and a special friend, Cathy Elliott whom she mentored in the field of special education.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, David R McCoy.
Kay will be remembered by her family and friends as a fun loving and caring person who never met a stranger.
The family would like to thank the staff of Symphony of Lincoln for their exceptional care and kindness to Kay.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Both Kay and Tom McCoy were in our class (1965); Tom lives in Kearney, Nebraska, and is a financial manager at Procter & Gamble.

Susan Evans shared on Facebook that Kay had died, noting, "Our beloved friend and classmate passed away."

Donna Camp Maddox said, "Bless her heart. Always a smile and light heart."

Tracy Devore seconded that with "She always had a smile and had a great sense of humor."

And Dan Cheatham said, "Lots of memories with the McCoy family, going back to the 50s."

Ginny Vaughn remembered, "Kay as the fun loving, sweet girl I knew in high school."

Susan Pilcher recalled, "Kay McCoy always added smiles and laughter everywhere she went. I'm so happy she's free to laugh out loud again."

Sue Matheny notes, "Your sparkling blue eyes will be missed."

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gary W. Deadmond Has Passed Away

Gary Deadmond was a member of the MacArthur High School Class of 1965, and was involved in Cadet Band 1; Concert Band 2, 3, 4; Ensemble 2, 3, 4; and Dance Band 2, 3, 4.

Sandy Deadmond, near Decatur, Illinois, posted this:

My baby, my Gary W. Deadmond is gone now and at complete peace 11:25 pm on 22nd [November 2016]. Nobody like him, he was the Best. I love him so much. No more dialysis, amputations, hospitals, tests, surgeries, he's FREE now!! I will always LOVE him ♡♡♡ He was my Cowboy!! Thank You everyone for all the prayers.

Gary's memories focussed on his loves and his music. We all will remember his spirit forever. Here are some photos that he had used to share how much he celebrated living.

Gary W. Deadmond's life was his family, his music, his memories of the band, and his many relationships - whether they be of relatives, friends, classmates, horses, dogs, or his cars. He enjoyed life, and his biggest recent wish was to be at 2015's MacArthur Class of 1965 50th Reunion. Gary was the topic of so many conversations that he were certainly there with us in our thoughts and in spirit.

In 2011, Gary sent this overview of his life along to me for the Reunion book:
I am married and have lived back in Decatur, since 1994. We returned from California due to illness of both my parents, who both have since passed.
I had to retire due to cancer [when] I was given four months to live in 2006, after a lung biopsy, which showed both large cell and small cell cancer.
I worked and lived in California for several years in the aerospace industry, as an engineer on such programs as the Space Shuttle, B1 Stealth Bombers and many missile projects.
I have been married to my wife Sandy since January 29, 1982, and together we have six children (all grown with their own families) from previous marriages (four children of mine) and (two of hers). We have 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
We enjoy times at the Moose Lodge and also kareokeing at various places.
Still play the trumpet some but am very restricted due to health issues. Used to play in church regularly in the past.
My passions are my wife Sandy and all of my grandchildren.
Just wanted to let you know that my wife Sandy and I also had a horse ranch while we were living in Lucerne Valley, California. We bought and sold several horses as well as my wife trained them.
I was also VIP of Equestrian Trails International, Chapter #70, for the High Desert. Also was a judge at many horse shows and events.

Gary attempted to get well for the 50th Reunion in 2015, but had a relapse, and was not able to make it to the dinner events. But, as mentioned, he was on the lips of everyone, and thus he was there in spirit. Afterward, he got better and his wife Sandy shared his recovery adventures on Facebook.

Gary with Stay Gold in California, 1990.

Gary was born on October 5, 1947. The day Gary was born, the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman made the first televised statement from the White House. Gary saw in the modern age, but slowed his life down with, for example, his Sandy, his music and his equine loves, not to mention his family too.

Gary had been sick for awhile, and passed away on the anniversary of the JFK assassination, on November 22, 2016. His physician, Dr. Richard H. Fritz, another member of the MacArthur High School Class of 1965, a little over a year ago, died on November 7, 2015.

Gary's now with his horses and more, in a peaceful place.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Joseph Garvin Passes Away

Joe Garvin passed away on October 6, 2016.

Joseph Don Garvin, Jr., was a transfer student from Lakeview High School as a Junior, and joined the Vocational Drafting club as a Senior at MacArthur.

But as Joseph related in the information he shared for the 2011 Class Reunion Book, he found something lasting for his heart as a member of MacArthur High School's Class of 1965:

Decatur, IL ~ "I went into active duty in the Navy directly after graduation; (Vietnam veteran [blue water vet] and cruised around the world). Married my childhood sweetheart (Linda York, Mac 66) in September 1965 (still going strong); first and only child born in 1971; grandfather of two. Presently working at Mueller Company (31 years). Hold two patents through Mueller (boltless gate valve and adjustable firemain indicator). " 

The Decatur Herald & Review published Joe Garvin's formal obituary on October 9, 2016.
DECATUR -- Joseph D. Garvin Jr., 69, of Decatur passes away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
Joe was born on February 21, 1947 in Decatur the son of Joseph D. and Mamie (Wesselhoff) Garvin Sr. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy and was retired from Mueller Company.
Surviving are his wife Linda (York) Garvin; son, Eric Garvin of Georgia; and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside service to celebrate Joe’s life will be 11 AM Friday October 14, 2016 in Macon County Memorial Park.
The family of Joseph D. Garvin Jr., is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL. Send condolences to the family (here).
Obituary written by family members.

 Above, Joseph and Linda (York) Garvin. 

Thanks to Milly for letting me know she saw the H&R obit. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Susan McKenzie Dies, 9/11/16

Sad to report that we have lost another classmate. Susan Grace McKenzie passed away on September 11, 2016. Susan's death date (9/11) is to be noted as historically coincidental (November 22 - JFK) as much as her birthdate is.

At MacArthur High School, Susan was a Class Council Alternate 1, Homecoming Publicity 3, Homecoming Decorations 4, Spanish Club 2, and a Girls' Chorus member.

The Springfield State Journal-Register published her obituary on September 13, 2016.

Susan Grace Dove 1947 - 2016

RIVERTON, IL - Susan Grace Dove, 68, of Riverton, died at 10:40 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, at Vibra Hospital in Springfield.
She was born Nov. 22, 1947, in Decatur, to Charles E. and Alice J. French McKenzie. She married William "Bill" Dove of Riverton on Oct. 4, 1969, in Springfield, Ill., and he survives.
Also surviving are her daughters, Laura Kennedy, her husband, Rusty, and children, Grace and Anna Kennedy of Rochester, and Gwen Clayton, her husband, Jarrod, and children, William, Katherine, and Henry Clayton, of Stokesdale, N.C.; and brothers, Scott McKenzie, and his children, Jason, Todd and Jillian of Columbus, Ohio, and Daniel McKenzie, and his son, Daniel, of Springfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Sandy McKenzie.
Susan attended MacArthur High School in Decatur, Ray-Vogue College of Design in Chicago, and University of Illinois–Springfield. She was Executive Director of the Sangamon County Department of Community Resources for 17 years.
She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Springfield, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Springfield Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, Daughters of Union Veterans, and Daughters of Colonial Wars.
Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Staab Funeral Home–Springfield. There will be a second visitation from 9–9:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Funeral Service: 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with The Rev. Dr. Blythe Denham Kieffer officiating.
Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
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Thanks to Stephen Haury and Delinda Chapman for passing along the sad news.

Delinda shares that Susan "was just as sweet and caring as she was when we knew her in the '60s."