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Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 7:24 a.m. CDT

Thayer Alumni Banquet

The annual Thayer Alumni Banquet was held June 14 at Lorimor CommunityCenter with 68 members and guests attending. The Lorimor Boosters prepared and served the meal. The meeting was conducted by Dwayne Henrichs. Linda Huffman gave the secretary's and treasurer's reports.

Alumni members attending were: 1941, guests Raymond and Betty Johnston ofMurray; 1945, Helen Lauffer Woollums of Des Moines, Darlene Hibbard Wimmer of Afton and Jim McGuire of Thayer; 1946, Fred Lauffer of Knoxville; 1947, Pat Cook Smith England of Afton; 1949, Doris Wolf Garner of Osceola and Lucile Lauffer Bellamy of Knoxville and Arizona; 1950, Dwayne Henrichs of Thayer; 1951, Darlene Lauffer Henrichs of Thayer and Bob Simon of Winterset; 1952, guest Lois Lauffer Lewis of Creston; 1953, Jack Quee of Afton, Donald Roan of Afton and Robert Beardsley of Warsaw, Mo.; 1954, Lyle Hannah of Truro and Wanda Perry McIntire of Afton; 1955, Sharon Shroudemier Steward of Orient; 1957, Nola Huntsman Vorrath of Casey, Gerry Brown of Lenox and Gary Bailey of Winterset; 1958, Jerry Becker of Glidden; 1959, Juanita Hibbard Leftwich of Davenport; and 1960, Cathy Beardsley Latimer of Creston.

Members present who attended Thayer, but graduated after East Union was formed, were: 1961, Dorothy Ann Eckels Vert of Lorimor; 1962, Bob Denton of Creston, Ruby Bailey Cornelison of Winterset, Ray Goodridge of Bedford, Carol Hansen Smallfoot of Des Moines and Sally Fisher Nichols of Pleasant Hill; 1963, Allen Becker of Perry; 1964, Bonnie Huntsman Perdue of Winterset, Gary Becker of Perry and Linda Lundquist Huffman of Creston; 1966, Patricia Lundquist Laird of Earlham; 1971, Ellen Beardsley Browns of Murray; 1973, Robin Henrichs Cochley of Afton; 1976, Carol McGuire of Thayer; and 1977, Susan Lauffer Willet of Afton and Kathy Roan Smith, also of Afton.

Other guests included spouses or special friends of alumni, including Harold Dalton of Afton, Rick and Becky Paxton of Afton and Devin Abell of Creston.

Dwayne and Darlene Henrichs were thanked for their years of service to the alumni group.

Bob and Pat Oglesbee, from San Benito, Texas, were awarded a travel mug for travelling the farthest.

Huffman conducted the annual game of Thayer trivia. Trivia winners were the team of Raymond and Betty Johnston, Darlene Henrichs and Robin Cochley.

A request was read from Marvin Busick, who attended kindergarten in Thayer during 1945-46. He would like photos of students, teachers, custodians and bus drivers from Thayer School. He will be making a DVD ready for next year's reunion. His email address is

A drawing for door prizes was held and the following gifts were presented: a year's subscription to Our Iowa magazine donated by Ruby Crittenden Stephens, Donald Roan; gift cards to Up in Smoke Barbecue Restaurant, Sally Fisher Nichols and Nola Huntsman Vorrath; bird feeders from Farmer's Co-op, Wanda Perry McIntire; a year's subscription to Afton Star Enterprise, Darlene Hibbard Wimmer; a gift card to T.J.'s Bar and Grill, Lucile Lauffer Bellamy; a gift card to El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant, Susan Lauffer Willet; a cheesecake mix and gift card from Kansas Street Deli, Patricia Lundquist Laird; Fareway gift cards, Allen Becker and Helen Lauffer Woollums; a barbecue apron from Farm & Home, Jim McGuire; an O'Reilly's gift card, Lois Lauffer Lewis, and First National Bank travel mugs to Ray Goodridge, Bob Denton, Ellen Beardsley Browns, and Barb Beardsley Fry. All door prizes were donated.

Carol McGuire and Robin Cochley will serve as co-chairpersons for 2015 with Linda Huffman serving as secretary/treasurer. Next year's banquet will be June 13, 2015, at Lorimor Community Center. Anyone with memories of Thayer is welcome to attend.

Contact Linda Huffman, 201 S. Park St., Creston, IA 50801, or to be placed on the mailing list.

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