Classmate Chuck Lanphear’s brother’s recent passing

I received the following messages (and a few photos) from Chuck Lanphear over the weekend:

“Brother Dan is in a Hospice facility in Barrington, Ill, he was expected to leave the planet yesterday, he remains stubborn and is still here physically, even though unconscious and feeling no pain, He’s been fighting Parkinson’s Disease for 10 years, the last year, quality of life was miserable, glad he’s leaving.




Sadly, before I could get the first message posted, I received this notice today.



BARRINGTON, Ill.—Dan Lanphear passed away on March 23, 2018, at the age of 80. A graduate of West High School, Dan excelled in football and track and field, holding the shot put record in the state of Wisconsin for many years. He went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a local football hero. In 1959, he was selected for the All-American Football team and made television appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows. In 1960, he played in the Rose Bowl (Wisconsin Badgers vs. Washington Huskies). He was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, and the University of Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Dan graduated from the UW with a degree in Business, and later went on to play for the Houston Oilers, winning an AFL championship in 1960.


After playing for the Houston Oilers, Dan took a sales manager position for SBC, a division of IBM (later known as Ceridian) in St. Louis. He transferred to the Chicago location in 1974. It was during his career with SBC that he met the love of his life, Alice, his wife of 28 years. Together they enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Florida and spending time with family and friends.

He was a devoted father to daughters, Danya (Kenneth) and Andrea (Dana) from his first marriage to Ann Marie; proud grandpa of his artistic grandson and musical granddaughter; and was close with his brother, Charles. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret, and brother, Philip.

Dan was famous for his football achievements, but to his family and friends he will be remembered for his witty sense of humor and his generosity to all

Visitation will be Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at DAVENPORT FAMILY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 941 Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich, Ill. A Celebration of Dan’s Life luncheon will immediately follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation at To leave online condolences, visit

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A Bit of History From the “Westmoreland Courier”

Good friends Kirk and Nancy Jolliffe (Kirk is a member of the Class of ’59) sent me a recent copy of their neighborhood newsletter, The Westmoreland Courier.  It contained the following article that brought back personal memories for me, and thought I would share it with you, especially those classmates that lived in Westmoreland while attending West High.  I worked at Alderson’s during high school, and then again for a few years after returning from the Air Force in 1963.




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Passing of Paul “Skip” Becker

I received the following comment request from the wife of “Skip” Becker.

“I have been contacted by a classmate several times who gave this blog address to me. I am Paul “Skip” Becker’s wife. Sadly, I must inform you of his passing last March 29th, 2017. If any of his classmates would more details, please email me at: xxxxxxxxxxx.  Write 58 classmate in the subject line so I know who you are. The email address I had to enter in order to post this is no longer valid.”

Note: For privacy reasons, I blocked out her email address.  If anyone wishes to contact her, please contact me and I’ll gladly provide it.

Another sad posting!


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Bob Hartwig’s touching comment

I urge everyone to read Bob Hartwig’s touching comment he added to Jim Bruce’s obituary notice.



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Jim Bruce Obituary

I received the following email from John Lorimer last night:

“Chuck, Just learned from Bob Hartwig that Jim Bruce died on Sunday. Here is the only obit I could find.”

(I also received news about Jim’s passing from JoAnn Salin, and Jerry Paulson)


IMG_4385    Jim BruceJim Bruce Obit

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60th Reunion Page Content Updated

I received a revised version of the content material for the 60th Reunion from JoAnn Salin this am.  A correction was made in the “beef” meal entree.

I have replaced the information on the 60th Reunion Page.

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News from Ellen Bubeck Laurent

I received the following email from Ellen that I thought I would share with everyone.  Although she did not graduate, since she moved from Madison in 1957, she has followed the class through this website.


“Dear Charles,

Thanks for keeping me on the list.   We did get to go back to Madison for the first time since I left in 1957.  The summer before last, (2016), we went to my husband’s Northwestern University grad school reunion in Oconomowoc (spelling)Wisconsin, so I got to go visit Joan Clifford Indermark and her husband Jerry in their beautiful home in Portage (and travel with them around that interesting area, and eat some wonderful cheese) .  We had a great time!!  We also went to see West High School, and our former home.   Madison has really grown in the 60 years since I left there.  

My husband and I will be moving to a continuing care community nearby (Penney Retirement Community)…our duplex will be completed in March, so we are downsizing (with tremendous trauma).   We are looking forward to getting settled there and getting involved in the community.   It’s a very active group of folks, who are full of enthusiasm and very “service oriented”.   We retired 1993, and plunged into volunteer work, so it will only be a shift to other situations.

Hope you are well and thriving there in Plano, TX.

Ellen Bubeck Laurent”

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