Decatur, Illinois

Decatur, Illinois
Curve-In, Fairview Avenue

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tim Cleary

Tim Cleary

Tim Cleary passed away at the age of 58. From this long remembrance, many wished to recall him as a joyful father and spirited grandfather.

Phil Hughes found this old photo of Tim Cleary in the 1963 Cadet for the Class of 1964 section, on page 149.

Donna Camp has passed along Tim Cleary's published newspaper obit.

Click on image to enlarge it, for easier reading.

Please check back as we are attempting to obtain a recent photograph of Tim.  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Still Missing

Can you help? Press play above, listen to our class song, and read on...

Members of the Class of 1965's Reunion Committee are running into problems finding a few people and could use some assistance from everybody in the class, as well as friends and families of former MacArthur schoolmates. 

What Donna Camp's subcommittee needs are confirming data, contact info, and anything that can be remembered about the following individuals:
Martha Allen Taylor
Barbara Baker
Donna Barfield Barlow
Greg Butler
Floyd Campbell
Robert (Bob) Cross
Donna Cunningham Ferhenbach
Annie K. Currie
Bob Davis
Diana Dotson
Carolyn Elbert Camp
Sharon Goldman
Shirley Grupe McCartney
Sheila Harrington Telford
Lynn Harris
Miki Highley Zaba
R. Steve Hill
Barbara King
Jim Klausmeir
John L. Lewis
Joan McElrath
Shirley Macklin Bates
Darrel Miller
John Niederbach
Leslie (Skip) Perks
Skip Pieszala
Susan Ramsey
Kathy Reeter
Linda Rutherford
Edwin (Leon) Scott
John R. Shields
Nancy Smith
Cynthia Sue Sterns Sample
Joanne Taylor
Lucille Taylor
Claudia Voelcher or Volker
Lamae Wachhoiz
Linda White Edelhofer
Charles Windgardner, and
Alice Young Hardenfeld.
Also, verification is still required regarding people who are known to have died and clues as to where we can get their obits. For instance, is the rumor that Martin Moyer has died true or not?

Please help and send in your info to

Thank you.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Edward Ray Estes

Edward Ray Estes as he appeared in the MacArthur 1965 Yearbook.

According to the University of Mississippi's Ole Miss Yearbook (Oxford, Mississippi), Ray was a member of their Class of 1967, listed from Decatur, Illinois and majoring in Business.

It has come to our attention that Ray passed away two years ago.

His official obituary noted that Edward Ray Estes of Winterville, Georgia, died on Monday, April 21, 2008, after an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reedus Ray and Patricia Mumm Estes of Winterville, Georgia. 

He is survived by his daughter, Erin Estes Broholm of Nashville, Tennessee, who was pregnant with her first child at the time of his death.

More details about Ray's life would be appreciated.

Save The Dates!!!!

Dear Fellow Classmates from the Class of 1965,

           SAVE THE DATES!!!!  JUNE 24th & 25th, 2011
Combined Triple Threat Trilogy Reunion 
MacArthur High School Classes of 1965, 1966, 1967
It has been 25 years since our last high school reunion and so many things have happened to us in that time! The reunion committee is now in the planning stages of our 46th reunion, and we want you to SAVE THE DATES …mark your calendar! That’s right, it will be 46 years in June 2011. Our graduation date was June 4, 1965.

The reunion will take place the weekend of June 24th & 25th, 2011. This is going to be a very exciting weekend for all of us as we will be having a combined reunion with the Classes of 1966 & 1967! We are calling this the Triple Threat Trilogy or “T3” or “TTT.” Since the Classes of ‘66 and ‘67 have had many other reunions much of the planning has already been done for us. Greg Cargill (Class of ‘66) and Bill Van Alstine (Class of ‘67) and their committees have already done most of the planning which is a big help to us since we have had only 1 previous reunion, and we thank the Classes of ’66 & ’67 for doing this! The Decatur Conference Center, formerly the Holiday Inn on Route 36, has been reserved that weekend for Friday and Saturday night with a block of rooms available at a discounted price. Many of you that will be coming from out of town may want to contact the DCC to reserve your room. That phone# is 217-422-8800.

The Class of 1965 Reunion Committee has been working hard this last year locating classmates who are living in many different states across the US. Many have been located but there are still a large number who have not been. 

Classmate Loren Coleman has created an informational blog for us at and lists the names of those whom we have failed to locate. Everyone who reads the blog will, hopefully, see a name and know where that classmate can be located. If you have that info please forward it to us! Please check out the blog as Loren has really put a lot of his time and talents into making it a newsworthy tool for us! He updates it frequently! I have heard that many classmates read the blog several times a week to be sure that they keep up with our classmates adventures! There is also a list of those from the Class of 1965 that are deceased. The blog lists many bios of classmates and would like to have more, so if you would write a bio please forward it to the email address that will be given at the end of this letter, or to Loren at

The prices have already been determined for the Friday and Saturday night gatherings and are Friday Night - $15 single and $25 per couple, and Saturday Night - $45 single and $85 per couple. We are also working on an alternate activity for Friday night for all to enjoy! If you are interested in getting a group together to play golf, or any other activity during the day on Saturday, please make your own arrangements. You may want to plan to get together with a few classmates that you have not seen in years in a smaller group for lunch or the afternoon!

This is the 1st of 3 letters that will go out, and actually, we would like to utilize as many email addresses as possible but we also realize that many do not have email addresses. Not everyone has responded after receiving emails from us. If we have already received your email address, and you have forwarded all info requested to us, you will still be getting this letter. There are many of you who have not responded to our email and we want to be sure that EVERYONE we can find has an opportunity to commit to the reunion. It is very important to us to reach everyone possible! What we need from you is: 1) current contact information (address, telephone#; 2) email address if you have one, and 3) a commitment that you will be attending the TTT Combined Reunion! We encourage each of you to purchase your tickets as quickly as possible so we can begin to meet our financial obligations as we move forward.

Please send those emails to us today with this requested info to or please mail info along with your check for Friday and/or Saturday nights to:

MacArthur High School Reunion, Class of 1965
1936 S. Fairview Avenue
Decatur, IL 62521
Remember to SAVE THE DATES on your calendars and contact us if you have any questions!
Rick Livesay, Chair and the rest of
The MacArthur Class of 1965 Reunion Committee

Sue Wagoner

Sue Wagoner

Nelda Sue Wagoner moved to Decatur during her sophomore year. She worked at the “Curve In” Restaurant, until her 16th birthday. After that Linda Hawke and Sue both worked at Kroger after school. Although Sue was in the Class of 1965, she sped up her time at Mac and graduated a year early with our class, instead of with the Class of '66.

Nine days after graduation, she married her husband J. S. "Kirk" Kirkpatrick on June 13, 1965. He had graduated from Stephen Decatur in 1962.

After they married, they lived in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Taylorville, Illinois, Centralia, Illinois, Morris, Illinois, and New Castle, Indiana, where her husband worked in broadcasting. Sue was a stay at home mom until 1973 when she began her Mary Kay business as a Consultant.

Her Mary Kay business grew and grew, and her husband became her business partner. They built an organization of 4000 Consultants and Directors. They lived in New Castle from 1973-1993, then moved to Heritage Lake for 10 years, and finally relocated to Plainfield, all in Indiana, in 2003. Today, Sue Wagoner Kirkpatrick is a National Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics.

They have 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren.

Sue's first car was a 1962 beige Ford Falcon.

Not too surprisingly, considering her Mary Kay associations, Sue's current car is a 2008 pink Cadillac Escalade. She writes that her new 2011 pink Cadillac Escalade is coming in February 2011.