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12/06/15 10:31 PM #1497    


Kevin M. Gaukel

I hope the get-together with Tom went well.   Wish I could have been there, but I was already dealing with DC rush hour when it started.

12/23/15 10:40 AM #1498    


Susan M. Kusz (Evans)

Happy Holidays to all my class mates.  Safe travels and may God watch over all of us for a safe rememberance of Him.

12/24/15 11:27 AM #1499    


Mark Chapman

Merry Christmas to all, friends and classmates forever!

12/25/15 08:07 AM #1500    


William E. Sorenson

Merry Christmas everyone!


12/26/15 06:32 PM #1501    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)

Merry Christmas!!! 

12/26/15 09:52 PM #1502    


Kevin M. Gaukel

Merry Christmas to you as well.  Bill - glad to see you while I was here over Thanksgiving.

12/28/15 11:39 AM #1503    


Michelle Franz (Lisser)

Merry Christmas , Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to all my 1978 classmates.

 May the new year 2016  bless you all with good health & happiness!


01/01/16 11:08 AM #1504    


Kevin M. Gaukel

Happy New Year everyone.  May the new year give you abundant blessings.

02/03/16 07:26 PM #1505    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)

Lori J. Barkley age 56 of Plymouth, died January 31, 2016 with her family by her side at UMMC, after a brave battle with liver cancer. Lori was born August 29, 1959 in Fosston, MN and later moved with her family to Bloomington in 1967. She attended St. Cloud University and married her ex-husband. Sh…

03/31/16 09:01 PM #1506    


Elizabeth Wallace

HolaHola.​Happy Spring!!

05/29/16 04:00 PM #1507    


Thomas E. Hull

Hello to everyone who ever still checks in at this site.  I'll be in Minnesota & Bloomington the last half of July. I'd love to get together and and touch base.  Maybe at the Fireman's Tournament????  Last November Cathy Clark and I had met and had a nice talk.  Hope to see you in July!!  Thomas Hull


05/30/16 07:18 PM #1508    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)



sounds good!!! I will pass on the good news! 




05/30/16 11:58 PM #1509    


Mark Chapman

I'd love to see you Tom! Hopefully I can be in the Cities when you are.

06/21/16 07:58 PM #1510    


Sue McKinny (Short)

Remember Mr. Sowles???

Thomas Harry Sowles

1946 - 2015

Loving husband and father, Thomas Harry Sowles, died suddenly at the age of 68 on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz. Tom lived in Payson, Ariz. with his loving wife, Barbara Jean Sowles. 
Tom was born in Worthington, Minn. on Aug. 18, 1946 to Harry and Clare Sowles. Tom grew up there working summers as a lifeguard and enjoyed hunting duck and pheasant with his dad and friends. He attended Worthington High School and went on to Mankato State University, where he became a champion wrestler and achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in English. After graduation, he was immediately drafted into the United States Army, serving his tour of duty in Vietnam. After being discharged, he moved to Bloomington, Minn. and began a career at Kennedy High School as an English teacher and wrestling coach.
Eight years later, he met and married the love of his life, Barb, and got into the car business. Tom and Barb moved to Apple Valley, Minn. and had son, John, and daughters, Liz and Katie. 
After years of harsh weather, they decided to move to a fairer climate in San Diego, Calif. to raise their young family. Tom continued his career in the car business until retiring at the age of 62. He and Barb then moved to Payson, Ariz. for a slower pace of life. It was a bit too slow, so Tom decided to try a new career as a detention officer in Gila County. He was a gun enthusiast and member of the Tonto Rim Sportsman’s Club in Payson.
His love of automobiles was an obsessive hobby of sorts throughout his life. It all started with a a ’62 Corvette, but he restored ’60s vintage Chevy trucks and Novas mostly, moving on to Isuzu Troopers and Toyota trucks later in life. He couldn’t have just one of each. He wanted to buy them all.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Jean Sowles; children, John (and wife Savannah Sowles), Elizabeth Sowles, Katherine Sowles; and granddaughter, Hailey Sowles-Thompson; sisters, Susan Nasers and Mary Burchill; multiple nieces and nephews. He is loved and will be missed.

07/03/16 09:12 AM #1511    


Carol L Rickard (Schultz)

Happy Independence Day everyone!

07/18/16 05:48 AM #1512    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)

I regret to inform all that a class mate has passed. Doug Utterberg died Saturday.  From all i know thus far he had complications with his heart.  Once i find out more and arrangements i will post.






07/18/16 10:30 AM #1513    


Thomas E. Hull

Are there any events or get togethers planned this summer?  I'm in the cities on and off in the next few weeks

07/18/16 08:58 PM #1514    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)

Thomas --- you just missed the BIG firemans softball 3 day blast.  There is ALWAYS something going on -- check out the kennedy page on facebook too    76-77-78 JFK or Bloomington Kennedy class of of 76 -- we all post in both




07/19/16 07:33 PM #1515    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)

Jackie Utterberg

Ok so as many of you know my dad, Doug Utterberg passed away Saturday, July 16th.
He went in to the ER for shortness of breath on Tuesday, July 6th and they di...scovered the aortic valve to his heart was too narrow and not functioning properly. He began to develop fevers (to which the doctors could not find an answer for) and his kidneys were not in good working condition. Over the next week and a half he developed a blood clot in his leg and other organs started to fail as well (could have been the shock his body experienced from the tube in his throat and having to lay in a bed sedated and on pain meds or because of the fact that his body was working so hard to beat the fever). Saturday morning his blood pressure was very low and the doctors tried everything they could to bring it up but nothing worked. So I got the call to come to the hospital and start preparing for the worst. His blood pressure continued to be low and his heart was working so hard to try and pump blood throughout his body but eventually he lost the fight and passed on at about 8pm. He was surrounded by family and close friends and we were able to say our goodbyes. My brother, Nick Utterberg lives in Idaho and was unable to be present but we were able to do live video so he could say goodbye to our dad.
He left this world peacefully and I am confident he is happy and in a good place. This time has been so difficult for my brother and I and we are forever grateful for the love and support everyone has given us. It's amazing to see all the people in my dads life that loved him so much and are willing to do anything to help. I can't say thank you enough to everyone.
Okay enough with the sad stuff. Moving on to the happy. My dads wishes were to be cremated and to be buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota with his dad, his brother, and eventually where my grandma will be buried. There will be a Veteran's service in Minnesota at a future time whenever my grandma goes back there. I know my dad would not want to memorialize his death here in California but to celebrate his life. And that's what we're going to do.
So whoever would like to attend! We will be holding a celebration at ET's where he worked for a time as a bouncer. This will take place this Thursday, July 21st at 6pm til whenever. Come have a drink with my dad and share funny stories you have of him. If the bar scene isn't your thing or are unable to make it, then we will be having an open house / celebration of life at my dads house on Saturday, July 23rd. This will take place all day long so people will be able to visit whenever they have time. If you'd like to bring your favorite beer / booze or a dish to share that'd be nice. If you have any further questions you can let my brother or I know. We look forward to celebrating my dad with all of you. Thank you again! Our family and friends are truly the best!


07/19/16 08:46 PM #1516    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)

I asked Doug's daughter if we could do a CELEBRATION of life when she brings him home .. for all those who would like to come ....


07/21/16 07:25 PM #1517    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)

Aquatennial Kicks Off in Minneapolis

08/30/16 09:21 PM #1518    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)


Update for Doug Utterberg ... His family (daughter) will be holding a service here in MN   Redemption Lutheran Church --- September 16 2016 ....... 11am ..... lunch to follow



09/21/16 06:35 PM #1519    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)

Douglas S. Utterberg

age 56 of Murrieta, CA, passed away July 16, 2016. Preceded in death by father, Gerald and brother, Drew. Doug will be missed by his daughter, Jacqueline; son, Nicholas (Sara); mother, Patricia; extended family members and devoted friends. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at Redemption Lutheran Church, 927 East Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington. Visitation one hour before. Interment Ft. Snelling. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church or American Heart Association. 



09/21/16 06:38 PM #1520    


Dona M. Trabant (Inman)



was a sad day to have to tell his kids what a great guy their dad was .... would of been so much better to of had a party and said what a great guy he IS!!


See facebook for info -- under my name -- INVITE all class of 78 and ALL BAND MEMBERs --

lets CELEBRATE eachother together!!





11/21/16 09:34 AM #1521    


Michelle Franz (Lisser)

Happy Thanksgiving  Class of 1978 

The year has been full of blessings, I will not complain.  I'm praying for health & happiness for all of you, and that you wil be counting your blessings this Christmas & Hannakah Season.

Let's have Optimism as we look forward to 2017 and embrace The New Year. 

smiley Shelly 


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