A&F Newsletter

Spring 2007


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Melodie (West) Brunell, Class of 2004, and her husband, Frederick, live in Prairie Village, Kan. The couple have one child, David 2, and are expecting their second child. Melodie works as a sales director at Legacy Christian Church, while Frederick is an engineer for KCTV Channel 5.

Carrie (Froelich) Petruncola, Class of 1997, and her husband, Alex, live in Olathe, Kan. The couple have a daughter, Taryn Alyssa, that was born Nov. 27, 2006. Carrie serves as an educational consultant, while Alex is a recruiter.

Daniel Woodsmall, attended Cowley in 1986, lives in Overland Park, Kan. He and his wife, Cheri, have four children, Ashley 16, Madison 15, Taylor 7, and Morgan 4. The former member of the Cowley baseball team teaches in the Kansas City (Mo.) school district.

Deedra (Humiston) Bostick, Class of 1982, and her husband, Darrin, live in Oak Harbor, WA. Bostick is in the process of obtaining her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the American Military University, and currently serves as a shipping department head at Upchurch Scientific, Inc. Her husband, Darrin, is a chief in the U.S. Navy.

Rex Marsh, Class of 1956, and his wife, Ella, live in Arkansas City Kan. The couple have three children and three grandchildren. He went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas in 1958 and returned home to Arkansas City to go into business with his father. He operated the business, M&S Transport, Inc., until retiring in 1999.

Jackson Hummingbird, Class of 1956, and his wife, Mary, live in Arkansas City, Kan. The couple have three daughters, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He worked for the Boeing Company in Wichita, KS., for 38 years. He currently serves as the Chief Elder of the Cherokee Elders Council. He enjoys collecting a number of things, but his main interest is in collecting Aladdin kerosene mantle lamps, primarily the 1930’s and 1940’s colored glass lamps.

Howard Gray, Class of 1955, and his wife, Lois, live in Pratt, Kan. The couple have two daughters, Kim and Vicki. Gray played basketball at ACJC his freshman year and until he suffered a knee injury as a sophomore. He went on to receive a Bachelors and Master’s degree from Emporia State University. He later served as the Superintendent of Schools at Southwestern Heights for 15 years, and Superintendent of Schools in Pratt for 18 years. He served as the President of the Kansas Association of School Administration in 1977-78. His wife, Lois, is a former Kansas Master Teacher. Gray is currently retired, but enjoys part-time work with Newman University as an area supervisor for student teachers.

John Lang, Class of 1956, and his wife, Joleen, live in Wamego, Kan. The couple have a daughter, Jill Kay Gobble, and a son, Jeffrey Lang. Lang has served as the sole practitioner of law in Wamego since 1962. He served as the Pottawatomie County Attorney from 1967-1970 and was the Pottawatomie County Counselor from 1977-2002 when he retired from county employment. He remains in private practice and as a general counsel and director of First National Bank of Wamego and general counsel for Wamego Telephone Company, and Wamego Telecommunications Company. He enjoys to golf in his free time.

Lyle Anstine, Class of 1954, and his wife, Norma, live in Hutchinson, Kan. The couple have eight children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Anstine retired from Hutchinson Public Schools after 34 years as a paid employee and six years on the Board of Education. He currently serves as the President of the Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System, and is a volunteer at Hutchinson Hospital and many other organizations.

Mary (Bradley) Worley, Class of 1955, and her husband, Burl, live in Orcutt, Calif. She retired from teaching in 2000 after spending 35 years as a Supervisor/Instructor at the Business Skills Lab at Allan Hancock Community College. She and her husband, Burl, enjoy spending time with their four year old granddaughter.

Phyllis Nichols, Class of 1955, lives in McAlester, Okla. She married her late husband, Charles Nichols, who also graduated from ACJC in 1955. The couple later graduated from Kansas State University and moved to McAlester, Okla. when Charles began working at the Naval Ammunition Depot. Phyllis worked at McAlester (Okla.) General Hospital and is now a self employed dietitian. The couple had a daughter, Linda, and a son, Steven. Phyllis went back to school and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2000 at age 65 with a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with her four grandchildren.

Dorothy (McFarland) Kivett, Class of 1955, and her husband, Howard, Class of 1957, live in Fort Scott, Kan. The couple married in San Salvador, El Salvador, where Howard was teaching. After having two children, Dorothy finished her degree (MA) at Pittsburg State University. She went on to teach English at Fort Scott High School for 19 years, retiring in 1997. Dorothy accompanied Howard to England in 1986 where he taught in a Fulbright Exchange program. Dorothy enjoys traveling, church work, gardening, canning, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Clifford Helms, Class of 1955, and his wife, Iva, live in Derby, Kan. The couple have four children, Marc (deceased), Neville, Monte, and Clayton. They also have 10 grandchildren. Clifford worked in retail management and was a Regional Manager with oversight of 109 discount stores. He also has invested in agriculture land, rental properties and other properties. He is currently retired from Metal Fab Inc. and serves as an Elder in his church. The couple loves to spend time with their grandchildren. Clifford will never forget the great people, both educators and students at Cowley.

Harry Diamond, Class of 1955, and his wife, Paula, Class of 1955, live in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Harry went on to graduate from Shippensburg University in 1957 and spent 34 years teaching junior high social studies and math. The couple have four children and six grandchildren.

Joyce Clark, Class of 1955, lives in Summerfield, NC. She has three children, Clayton Lewis, Lauren Ledford, and Carlon Chumley. She spent 23 years working at Sears and has spent the past 12 years working for the Center for Creative Leadership. She served as the CCL Program Assessments Manager before becoming a parttime employee six years ago.

Duane Roger Bowser, Class of 1955, and his wife, Janice, live in Newkirk, Okla. In 1955, he teamed with Berklie Perico, Rex Marsh, and Dale Evans to win the State JUCO Golf Tournament. He was also a member of ACJC’s choir. He remembers all of the fine teachers at ACJC, especially L.A. Chaplin.

Dr. Marlene (Christensen) Absher, Class of 1958, and her husband, Richard, live in Newkirk, Okla. The couple have a daughter, Cynthia, and a son, Christopher. Both are retired professors. Marlene is doing volunteer work at the Newkirk (Okla.) Library, and the couple are building a new home on Marlene’s grandfather’s farm that he claimed in the 1893 Cherokee Strip Run.

Ronald Mickley, Class of 1956, and his wife, Pauleta, live in Springfield, Mo. After ACJC, he went on to graduate from Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. in 1960, with a BA in Biblical Studies. He has served 45 plus years in pastoral ministry in Kansas, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Currently, he and Pauleta are assisting part time as music and worship pastors’ at Grace Assembly of God in Springfield.

Ken Engleman, Class of 1933, and Waneta Engleman, who attended one year at ACJC, live in Bartlesville, Okla. The couple began their 69-year romance at ACJC in 1933 and have three children, Joe, John, and Jan. Both are retired as Ken spent 40 years working for Phillips Petroleum and Waneta spent 16 years teaching ninth grade social studies.