LIST OF BIOGRAPHIES
class of 1935 class of 1946 class of 1955
Billing, Chuck Hendrickson, Darwin Hersh, William
Sims, Verl Hosburg, Greg
class of 1937 Melsha, Joseph
Peterson, Clem class of 1947 Nygaard, John
Elder, George Paulson, Gregg
class of 1938 Spangler, Craig Ringold, Steve
Peterson, Clarke Sorenson, Jon
Wielde, John class of 1948
Boerem, Robert Winters, Pete
class of 1939 Fletcher, Frank
Fry, Robert Nall, Lloyd class of 1956
Hendrix, Tom Anderson, Sam
Jones, Lee class of 1949
Vadnais, Jacque Jones, Darrel
class of 1941
Ratner, Barney class of 1950
Rowley, Don Martyn, Ron Pederson, Lawrence
Torgerson, Allan Swale, Michael Stensby, Gary
class of 1957
class of 1942 class of 1951
Conroy, Pete Spangler, Craig Allyn,John
class of 1958
class of 1943 class of 1952
Hoffman, Roger Conant, Charles Hall, Jay
Rypka, Eugene Downing, Larry Lee, Rey
Sawyer, Cliff Iverson, Paul Madsen, Dick
class of 1944 Swale, Tom
VanderLinden, Warren class of 1954
class of 1945 Eychaner, John
Councilman Jr., Henry Huntoon, Howard
The photograph of the Pillsbury Hall on the cover is from an original postcard collection
dated1913 obtained from an antique store in Owatonna by Rey Lee.
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class of 1935
Charles (Chuck) & Sherry Billing
289 Trail of the Flowers
Georgetown, TX 78628
Graduating after 4 years at Pillsbury, Chuck was accepted by the Univ. of Minn. studying
Business Admin. Somewhere between the Univ. of Minn. and the Univ. of Houston focusing
on Marketing, Chuck became an Aviation Cadet. He was still in training at end of WWII on
V Day. Chuck and Sherry have been married 58 years and have 3 children (1 living) 3
granddaughters, 3 great grandkids. He spent 45 years in the advertising business. He was
an Account Executive for both consumer and industrial agencies, covering 45 years,
including his own for 12 years, retiring in 1988.
Memories: Graduation day with Bill Thorpe, Jack Hamilton, Charles Van Duzee. Studies
with Major Jones, Cap Paape, Mr. Judd and Delmar Sisson. I remember the basketball trips
to Medford, football trip to Breck in St. Paul, baseball trip to Blooming Prairie and the Crack
Squad trip to the St. Paul Coliseum.
class of 1937
Clemens (Clem) E. & Betty Peterson
Submitted by Clem’s widow Betty
4800 Valley View Road
Edina, MN 55424
Clem roomed 3 years with Harry Prestegard
who was Clem’s best man and best friend.
Two years after graduating from Pillsbury, he
married Betty Thorpe of Minneapolis, and they
had 4 sons, 8 grandchildren, 2
granddaughters. He and his brother Clark
owned and operated the 20th Century
Manufacturing Co. in Bloomington where
Clem, the older brother, was the President,
retiring in 1973. Clem earned his private
pilot’s license. He owned a LAKE aircraft, and
he loved working with his hands, especially in his workshop and at his cabin on O’Brien Lake
in Crow Wing County. He also loved to fish, whether it be sailfish in Mexico or pike in
Canada. Clem was a great husband, father, granddad, and friend. He died in October,
2003, and he is missed by the PA gang.
Notice: Betty and Bettye McClain, Clark’s widow are joining us at the reunion
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class of 1938
Submitted by Clark’s widow Bettye McClain
5601 Dewey Hill Road
Edina MN 55439
In 1965, Clark and three of his four children were killed in a car accident while on vacation
in Pennsylvania. Clark attended Pillsbury for 4 years and went on to Macalester College in
St. Paul for 2 years and finished at the Univ. Of Minn. with a BBA degree. He was a Lt. in
the USA Air Force flying C-47s with the 102 Airborne, dropping paratroopers on D-Day and
in Italy. After the war, Clark and his brother Clemens (Pillsbury grad, class of 1937) formed
a company to manufacture arc welders and battery chargers as the 20th Century
Notice: Bettye McClain and Betty Peterson, Clem’s widow are joining us at the reunion.
class of 1938
John & Leona Wielde
1401 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106
Following 4 years at Pillsbury, John attended
the University of Minnesota (IT) from 1938
to1941. After graduating from the University,
John served in the US Army until 1945 in the
Army’s A.G.D. as part of the 8th Service
Command and the Mediterranean Theater.
Sometime during that time he married Leona
and they have 3 children, 5 grandchildren,
2-1/2 great grandchildren, and we know what
that means. John was employed by American
Hoist & Derrick Co. until 1982 and served as
Corporate Secretary from 1969.
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class of 1939
Robert C. & Helen Fry
7500 York Avenue South #524
Edina MN 55435-4736
13208 West Hyacinth Drive
Sun City West AZ 85375
Bob and Helen were married for 56 years and have 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great
grandchildren. Bob enjoys the winters in Arizona and the summers in Minneapolis. Bob
and Helen LeBlonde met while they were attending the Univ. of Minn., and married in 1942.
He was employed by Glen L. Martin Company of Omaha until 1946. They moved back to
Minneapolis where Bob worked in the grain business, as Director of Operations for Burdick
Grain Company, merging later with ConAgra. Bob retired in 1982. Bob has been a friend
of Bill W. for over 46 years.
Memories: Just before graduation, my role as Color Sergeant ended after I was caught
making a beer run. I certainly remember the dormitory catching fire. A few of us then had to
bunk in the area over the dining hall, where I was a waiter. I made life long friends at Pillsbury.
class of 1939
Tom & June Hendrix
5055 Bassett Creek Drive
Golden Valley MN 55422
Tom’s post academy education included studies at St. Olaf College and the Univ. of Minn.
majoring in Architecture. He served his military duties in the US Marine Corps in the South
Pacific and Palau Islands. Tom and June have been happily married for 51 years and have
2 sons and 3 grandchildren. Tom has been a practicing architect for over 50 years.
Memories: The great Kelly Hall fire. One year of great football, basketball and baseball. We
beat Owatonna in both football and basketball and Shattuck in baseball. I made great
friends and long time rewarding relationships.
class of 1939
Lee & Patricia (Pat) Jones
5501 Dewey Hill road
Edina, MN 55439
Lee was at Pillsbury for two years. He and
Pat have one daughter and two
grandchildren. Lee was employed by the
Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspaper for
36 years and has been retired for 22 years.
Memory: I sure remember the 1939 Kelly Hall Fire.
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class of 1941
Barney & Pauline Ratner
711 N. Drillane Road
Hopkins, MN 55305
Barney attended Pillsbury for two years
and would have graduated in the class of
1944. He went on to the Univ. of Minn. and
UCLA earning in BBA & ALA degrees.
Prior to his continued education, Barney
was in the US Army; the 36th Infantry Div,
Combat Infantry with 105 days on the front
line!! This encompassed two years active
duty and 9 years reserve duty with a discharged rank of Captain. He and Pauline have 4
children, 2 girls and 2 boys, and 17 grandchildren (9 girls, 8 boys). Barney was the working
owner of B. Ratner Steel Company.
Memory: I survived the 1940 blizzard and learned to play the bugle.
Class of 1941
Donald A. & Janet Rowley
5310 University Avenue
Chicago IL 60615
Two years at the Academy led Don right back to Chicago and 4 years at the Univ. of
Chicago earning a BS. Off to the US Army in the Philippines for a one year tour. In 1950,
Don earned both his MS and MD from the Univ. of Chicago. He was Sr. Assist. Surgeon
form 1950 - 1954 at US Public Health System. He is an experimental immunologist
practicing at the National Institute of Health, Oxford, and at the Univ. of Chicago. He is
currently Professor, Department of Pathology and has served as Director of Research
LaRabida-University of Chicago Institute receiving the USPHS Merit Award. Don carries the
baggage for Janet, whose research on chromosomes and cancer has and is being
rewarded with many honors in the USA and around the world.
Memories: Special memories in addition to those of outstanding teachers and classes: 1)
answering roll call for Torgerson and Kelly who had gone duck hunting on the day of one of
the worst blizzards of the century. Torg and Jim were rescued 2 days later from cabin on
Lake Frances. I think the administrators were so grateful for their survival that the matter of
roll call was not pursued. 2) Peter Conroy jumping in ecstasy during his first experience
watching snow fall (Peter grew up in Tahiti). 3.) Playing hockey for free at the Warsinski
skating rink (because Pillsbury donated the boards to the rink in the mid-1930s).
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class of 1941
Allan C. “Torg” Torgerson
P Box 3079
Wickenburg AZ 85358 - October thru April
705 Penny Drive
Stevensville MN 21666 - May thru September
AZ - 928-684-2178 MD - 410-643-5785
Torg attended Macalester College and
graduated from US Military Academy in 1946.
He served in the Army Infantry and Ordnance
as X2 and X3 in Korea, Japan, Germany and
Belgium, as well as several stateside
assignments, including the Pentagon. Torg
spent 19 years with the Armed Forces Special
(Nuclear) Project, which included weapons
design, manufacture, stockpile, maintenance, logistics and targeting. Torg and Roberta
have 5 children, all born in military hospitals worldwide; and 8 grandchildren, at last count.
Memories: Hanging out with classmates and all classes - both socially and on athletic
teams. I probably held the school record for the most crossings over Major Jones’ office
threshold in one year, counting crossing back out to shine shoes and straighten my tie.
P God Bless America
class of 1942
J.B. (Pete) Conroy
21 North Willowgreen Court
Mason City IA 50401
After Pillsbury, Pete enlisted in the US Navy
where he served 3 years during WWII.
Returning to Minnesota, he graduated from the
University and moved the family to the family
farm near Mason City in 1951. Pete taught 4th
and 5th grades for 3 years before entering the
real estate business. He stayed in real estate
until 1974 when he was asked to be
administrative assistant to a newly elected Iowa
Congressman. Pete continued in this post and with House and Senate committee staff
directorships as well as Executive Director of Federal Council on Aging in HHS during the
Reagan administration. Pete retired from the Washington posts in 1989 and he currently
serves on Hospital, State and Area Agency Boards of Directors.
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Class of 1943
1730 Marengo Drive
Holiday FL 34690
A four year graduate of Pillsbury, Roger went into the US Navy, the V12 Program for one year.
Living in Rochester New York and working at Eastman Kodak Co, Roger was in a continuous
education program, receiving an AAS Degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology. That
was followed later with a BS at the some school. Roger worked for Kodak for over 37 years
holding 10 different job titles from apprentice electrician to senior electrical engineer. He is
quoted as saying, “I couldn’t hold on to any of them, so I retired in 1985”.
Memories: I can still spout Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott and what’s on Shakespeare’s
grave stone: “Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare to dig the dust enclosed heare. Bless be
ye man who spares these stones and curst be he who move my bones”. I may be a bit off
on the archaic spelling.
class of 1943
Eugene W. & Rosemary Rypka
P O box 1637
Cedar Crest, NM 87008
Two years at Pillsbury developed the skills for
Eugene to join the USNR, PhM2/x, attached to
USMC Amphibious Corps with combat in the
Mariannas, Iwo Jima, and during occupation
at Sasebo, Kyushu, Japan. After the military
service Eugene went to Carleton College for 2
years and graduated from Stanford Univ. in
1950 with a BA in Biology, going on to Grad
School at Stanford School of Medicine Dept
of Microbiology from 1950 to 1957 earning his PhD. His career has been long and
interesting. Teaching and Research: Biology, UNM School of Hygiene. Scientist: Lovelace
Medical Foundation. Clinical: Chief Section Microbiology, Lovelace Health Systems.
Systems & Cybernetics: Pilot error and approach landing crashes of aircraft (NASA) plus
pilot fatigue. Publications: book chapters, journals and abstracts.
Memories: What I remember are Pillsbury classmates, athletics, drill, memorizing poetry
and the beautiful buildings and campus.
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class of 1943
Cliff Sawyer (wife Phyllis deceased)
16471 Honeysuckle Lane
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Two years at Pillsbury allowed me to be
admitted to the Univ. of Minn. Electrical
Engineering School, graduating in 1947.
Cliff and Phyllis had 2 sons with 5
granddaughters and 1 grandson. Cliff
was employed two years in Sales
Engineering, and decided to change careers and spent 40 years in retail lumber business
in Minneapolis. He retired in 1990 and lives happily in Northern Minn. ignoring deadlines.
Memories: I remember Major Jones as the English instructor; and I still remember lines from
Shakespeare. Mr. Judd use to charge down the halls to break up a little discussion between
friends. Also the ground floor room I had in Pillsbury Hall with a fire escape and the cadets
that used it for late night entries through the window and across my room.
class of 1944
Walter & Susan Lu Hong
3442 East Acridge Drive
West Covina CA 91791
Walter, with the tutoring help of Mr. Judd and
Major Jones, completed 4 years of school in 2
years. Unable to go to West Point, he enlisted
in the US Army and was sent to Military
Intelligence School and served 3 years in the
US Army OSS including School of Foreign
Service for the State Department. He later
graduated from the Univ. of Minn., receiving a
BS in Engineering. Moving to Calif. Walter
studied architecture at the Univ. of Southern
Calif. while working for the Army Corps of
Engrs. and in the aerospace industry. In 1966 he went to Thailand as an engineer advisor
for 4 years helping them rebuild their infrastructure. Walter is registered by the State of
California as a civil engineer, architect, general contractor, engineer contractor and real
estate broker. Walter met Susan Lu in Shanghai, while he was with the OSS. That was 58
years ago, and they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. An extraordinary career.
Memories: Most impressive was Mr. Strayer’s sermons in our daily chapel services, and
Mrs. Strayer’s Sunday school classes. Both of whom lead me to our Lord Jesus Christ.
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class of 1944
Warren & Carol VanderLinden
623 West Fir Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
After two years at Pillsbury, Warren used his
skills in the US Army Air Force 1944-45. He
attended the Univ. of Minn. for 3 years.
Warren and Carol have 3 children, and 7
grandchildren. Warren worked in his father’s
gas station at age of 12 and stayed on ever
since. He spent 19 years with the Buick
Division of GM in field sales and service;
another 11 years as new vehicle manager and
13 years as used vehicle manager with Chev, Buick, Cadillac in Fergus Falls, MN. They
retired September 1996. Both he and Carol enjoy travel and grandkids.
Memories: I enjoyed working with Art Johnson on musical stuff and watching and listening
to him play the piano parts to recordings of classical music at one of the houses. I really
enjoyed waiting tables for Mrs. Finke and rushing through meals to make class on time. I
remember getting swats (once was enough) from Maj. Jones and playing football and
basketball for Hank Antos.
class of 1945
Henry J. & Martha E. Councilman Jr.
10 Village Drive #102
Proctor, MN 55810
And Winter season:
1449 W. Duranta 138
Alamo, TX 78516
After attending Pillsbury for two years, Henry joined the US Navy for split years: 1945-47 &
1951-52 and remained in the USNR-USN for 7 years. During that time, he attended the Univ.
of Minn. in Duluth. Over the years of 1949 to 1984, a 34 year span, Henry was an Agent-
Telegrapher for Northern Pacific, and its predecessor, Burlington Northern Railroad.
Memories: I enjoyed my time there and it helped me make a change in my life.
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Class of 1946
Dar (Shorty) & Joy Hendrickson
242 Alberta Drive
Woodbine GA 31569
Shorty spent 6 years at the Academy and some time later joined the US Air Force as a
Special Agent/OSI. In 1955 he went on to a Big Ten Power School, Michigan State where
he continued his military career in Police Administration. Shorty was in law enforcement for
50 years in all positions from beat cop to chief at all levels of government. He enforced the
law in such area as Lansing MI., Chicago, Atlanta, Green County GA., and Camden County
GA. He retired in 2000 to accept appointment as magistrate judge.
Memories: Far too many to record and some not worthy of being remembered or recorded.
class of 1946
Verl N. & Andra Sims
1149 Maplenol Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Verl spent 2 years at Pillsbury. His life occupation
was fighting fires. In the US Army, he was a
firefighter at La Chapelle Orleans, France. After 45
years, he retired as the Captain of the Des Moines
Iowa Fire Department. He had one son, deceased
in 1998, one daughter and 4 grandchildren. While
with the Des Moines Fire Department, Verl owned a
TV repair business for 50 years, which he closed
this past January. He now spends his time as a
security guard to stay busy and to stay young.
Memories: The sports I played and the nights out until 10PM. My favorite teacher was Major
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class of 1947
George H. & Charlotte Elder
827 N. Stratford Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Soon after graduation George went to the Kogenei
Country Club in Japan, courtesy of the US Army.
Later, he graduated from Carlton College in Northfield
MN with a degree in Sociology. Even later, in 1956, he
married Charlotte Aronson and they have 4 children:
2 sons and 2 daughters and 8 grandchildren.
George worked most of his life in paper products with
the Marathon Packaging Corp; Kimberly Clark Corp;
Gibson Greeting Cards; Vital Record Bank; and finally
owned their own company in 1976, the Micro
Management, Inc. Charlotte continues to run the
company after he retired in 1997. His hobbies are
reading, travel, church, skiing, consulting and
cooking for Charlotte.
Memories: Most are good. Pillsbury instilled in me some discipline, forced me to study and
I left with fond feelings for school. Looking forward to seeing classmates for the first time in
56 years. Thanks to those who planned this reunion.
class of 1947
Craig & Lynette (Lyn) Spangler
168 N. Wylie Dr.
Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026
Craig would have graduated in 1951 had he stayed at
Pillsbury. He attended Pillsbury in 1946 and 1947 for
7th and 8th grades, where he received a letter in
boxing, and finished high school in Boise, ID. He was
in the US Navy for three years and went to radar
school & CIC (Combat Information Center) receiving
one Battle Star in Korea Service. Craig received a BA
in English at San Francisco State, as MA in English,
Univ. of Arkansas and worked on his PhD. After
determining that teaching English and academic life
was not for him, he went to work for the Southern
Pacific RR in San Francisco. With RR experience, he
went on to the State of California Dept. of Transportation retiring in 1995 as the
Environmental Planning Branch Chief.
Memories: Some memories were Varsity “P” Club and the dining hall with fresh baked
bread. Strongest memory is the powerful smells of springtime in Owatonna area and my
burning and aching feet during and after the two 20-mile hikes.
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class of 1948
Robert G. & Laurie Boerem
2135 Midlothian Rd.
Roseville, MN 55113
Robert was one of the cadets who spent 4 years at
Pillsbury. That was followed by 2 years at the Univ. of
Minn. He was in the US Army for 3 years serving 15
months in Korea. Robert and Laurie have one son,
two daughters and only 14 grandchildren and one
Memories: I remember the girls climbing up the back
fire escape, and the walks through Central Park and
going to the movies. I made life long friends with
people in Owatonna, and the Owatonna people were
very nice to the cadets and instructors at the Academy.
class of 1948
Frank L. (Bullmoose) & Peggy Fletcher
758 South Clover Ave
San Jose, CA 95128
After 3 years at Pillsbury, Frank went on to college at the Univ. of
Idaho, earning a degree in Pol. Sci 1953 and went on to the Univ.
of Arizona with a MBA Bus Admin in 1959. In between colleges,
Frank was in the USAF in 1954 thru 1957. He went back in the
Air Force for 7 years ending in 1969. He was employed for 25
years as a real estate broker, and for 5 years as a fitness
instructor/coordinator for the YMCA. The last 4 years he was in
Employee Services - EERT Director for the city of San Jose.
Frank is now a volunteer host at San Jose Int’l Airport.
Memories: My interest and love for Shakespeare, I give thanks to Major Jones. My interest
and love for classical music, thanks to Artie Johnson, and the tours of underground tunnels
from the maintenance crew on Thanksgiving breaks.
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class of 1948
Lloyd “Bud” & Shirley Nall
1720 Elizabeth Street, #13
Baraboo, WI 53913
Starting Pillsbury in the 8th grade, he
graduated with honors in 1948 where he
soon enlisted in the US Army. Lloyd
departed for Japan in May 1949, and left
behind Shirley, whom he met just 2 nights
before. He served with the 8th Infantry,
and the 1st Cav in both Japan and Korea.
While playing football in the Army, he was
selected to attend a coaching clinic
conducted by Vince Lombardi, an
assistant coach at West Point. Lloyd and
Shirley have been married for almost 53
years and have four children, and 5 grandchildren. Lloyd worked 36 plus years in the
wholesale bakery business, the last 20 years as branch manager, retiring in 1992.
Memories: Major Jones spring 18 mile walk out to Rice Lake and back. Going to his office
and asking for SWATS. Having part ownership in Anderson Root Beer Stand. Being part of
the football champs of 1946 who won the state private school championship. These are but
Class of 1949
Jacque & Martha Vadnais
2789 Nye Drive NV 89423
Jacque went to Pillsbury for 4 years and continued his education at the Univ. of Minn. in
engineering. He spent another 4 years in the US Air Force as a Security Policeman. Jacque
and Martha have been married for 12 years. He has 3 children: 2 sons still living and 2
grandchildren. Over the years he has been in law enforcement, construction, a heavy
equipment operator and a professional truck driver for over 40 years. Jacque retired in 1991.
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class of 1950
Ronald K. & Kathlene Martyn
9 Faen Lane
Corte Madera CA 94925
Following in his father’s footsteps, Ron tried
out for the Pillsbury football team, for which
his father played in 1912. “Martin,” his
nickname at school was only at Pillsbury 2
years but it was enough to get him to continue
his education at Arizona State with BS in
Architecture. He also served in the US Army and made Sgt. in the 2 years. Ronald or Martin
continued his career in architecture in Phoenix with his own practice before moving to San
Francisco to become a partner in a large firm. In 1974 he started his own practice again
specializing in educational and governmental projects. He sold his company in 1999 and
retired. Ron and Kathlene have 2 sons and 4 grandsons.
Memories: I think the most important 2 years of my life were those 2 years at Pillsbury. The
close bond that we felt for one another, the friendships made. The faculty; Mr. Judd aka
Hawkeye, Dr. Strayer, Mr. Pappe and who could ever forget Col Maier. A special memory was
cutting the deck with one of the faculty to determine whether I would get an A or B for the
semester. I won the cut and got an A.
class of 1950
Michael & Patricia Swale
5129 North 3rd Street
Arlington VA 22203
After 3 years at Pillsbury, Michael continued his
education at 3 different colleges. Iowa State followed
by Luther College in Iowa and finally graduating from
Golden state College in San Francisco with his BS in
Business Admin. Patricia graduated from Vassar in
1954 and they have been married for 48 years. They
have 3 children and 7 granddaughters... no boys.
Michael has been in Sales most of his career. Pet
supply for 16 years; 22 years selling lumber and
building material, a trade in which he is currently
employed. Michael has been involved with Camp Fire
Girls - Fund Raising; Boy Scouts Leader and now
active as Girl Scout Co-Leader with daughter Marcie.
In his limited free time, Michael sails and plays golf
and it appears, fishes too!!
Memory: Our Crack Squad performance at the Univ. of Minn. during half time at a benefit
game with the “Rolling Golfers” in 1949.
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Class of 1952
Charles (Chuck) & Barb Conant
1424 North 10th Street
St. Joseph MO 64501
Chuck did a lot of things after graduation.
A year of Jr. College, three years in
photography, followed by five years with
Nestle Candy and seven more with Frito
Lay Co. He finished up with 32 years in the
electronics industry. He and Barbara have
seven children, only 20 grandchildren and
13 great grandchildren.
Memories: I got caught smoking in the basement of the First Baptist Church before the last
basketball game. (You don’t want to know what happened).
class of 1952
Larry and J.Ann Downing
7258 West Anton Way
New Palestine IN 46163
Larry was married to Ione Klug of Owatonna,
who died of a brain tumor in 1988 after 32
years of marriage. Larry is now married to J.
Ann Kimberlin. He has 4 daughters and 9
grandchildren. It appears that Larry enlisted
in the USAF after 4 years of strong military
training at Pillsbury. He was a radio relay
repairman and spent some time in the
Philippines and Hawaii. This training put him
in a good position at Indiana Bell working on telephones, mobile radio, television and
microwave. After 40 years with Bell, he retired in 1991 as a minicomputer system admin.
During his time at Bell, he received his degree in Business Admin. from the Univ. of
Indianapolis. Since retirement, Larry works for both the Lutheran Church and United
Methodist Church with the Labor for Christ and various clean-up and building projects
Memories: I remember sneaking out of Pillsbury Hall to buy beer at the Friendly Inn. Also
the many friends I made while at school.
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class of 1952
Paul & Sharon Iverson
11085 East Houghton Lake Drive
Houghton MI 48629
After three years and graduation, Paul had
a variety of jobs until 1966 when he
started with Michigan Bell. He stayed
there until 1994 when he retired. He was
with the Communications Workers of
America (CWA) and the Telephone Pioneers of America. He and Sharon have 3 children, 7
grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Memories: I enjoyed meeting guys from all around the country. I was also one of Besse’s
boys; 3 squares a day at 35 cents.
class of 1952
Harold B. & Daphie Kent
8701 South Kolb Road 1-247
Tucson, AZ 85701
After Pillsbury, Harold continued his education at Tulsa
University in Geology. He enlisted in the USAF for 4
years. Following his career path and education, Harold
was employed with Citgo Oil Company for 32 years.
During that time he worked in lab for 10 years, then
operations for 22 years, retiring in 1989. Harold and
Daphie have 5 children and 4 grandchildren
Memories: Friends I made and Sunday school class
called Friendly Forum, and the teachers. Especially
Col. Maier, the math teacher, Mr. Hahn the music
teacher, and Mr. Horton the history teacher. Also going
out to the park northeast of town on weekends. I had
six good years at PA with no regrets.
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class of 1952
Tom & Ellie Swale
1962 Northwest 80th Place
Clive IA 50325
Tom went to Pillsbury for 5 years graduating with high
honors. He went on to DePaul Univ. for a couple years
and then enlisted in the US Army. After his tour was up,
he went back to college at the Upper Iowa Univ. Tom
and Ellie have been married for 46 years and have 3
children and 6 grandchildren. His career of 36 years
was in sales for General Mills. Tom was President of
Iowa Food Association and Grocery Manufactures
Assoc. as well as President of the Lions Club, receiving
the Colman Honorary Award.
Memories: Taking all the good trips with the Crack
Squad and the sports teams.
class of 1954
Westen H. Anderson
3023 Long Meadow Circle
Bloomington MN 55425
Wes graduated from Gustavus Adolphus in 1958 with
a BS in Mortuary Science. After college Wes
immediately went to work in the family business
started by his father in 1931. Since then Westen
added a second Mortuary in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
He met Carol at college, married and had three
children. She passed away three years ago. His two
sons run the business with some help from Wes and
his daughter. Wes has 6 grandchildren. He spends
his leisure time in Northern Minnesota on Lake
Superior and some of the winter in Florida.
Memories: Taking lessons from Stan Hahn and playing the organ so loud that cadets
screamed from the study hall for quiet. They wouldn’t let me play for chapel services. Taking
the train from Minneapolis to Owatonna when Ike stopped on a campaign tour.
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class of 1954
John & Barbara Eychaner
7 Means Court
Banner WY 82832
John and Barbara married 46 1/2 years
ago, soon after graduation. John joined
the US Army and continued his service in
the National Guard. They have 3
daughters, 3 granddaughters and finally
a grandson. John spent 19 years in
ranching followed by over 10 years operating the huge equipment at an open pit coalmine.
Currently, John is employed part time as an equipment operator with a small construction
Memories: I remember the little Scottish minister from the Associated Church who came for
vespers services occasionally. We would have oyster stew! I did not like oysters and I could
hardly eat them.
class of 1954
Howard M. Huntoon
5103 North Dittmer Street
Davenport, IA 52806
Howard wanted to quit Pillsbury after his junior year
and join the US Army and go to Korea. His father
convinced him to stay one more year and he did; and
then joined the Army. While in basic training he even
met up with a fellow PA graduate. The Army sent him
to cooks and bakers school, and on to France.
Completing his tour, Howard enrolled for two years at Buena Vista College in Iowa. He
married and went back into the Army as a cannon cocker (artillery battery), and they sent
him back to France. In France he really learned his trade at baking. Howard spent the next
10 years in a commercial bakery in Iowa. In 1971 he put his farming and baking experience
together and joined the US Dept of Agriculture as Food Inspector. He retired in 1993 due to
an accident. Howard was married for 43 years and has one son.
Memories: Afraid many of the guys have passed on, but I enjoyed the cadets, made many
friends, and enjoyed sports.
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class of 1955
William & Mary Claire Hersh
5000 N. Marine Drive
Chicago, IL 60640
After 3 years at Pillsbury, Bill went right on
to college at the Illinois Institute of
Technology earning a BS in Business and
Economics. After graduation, he served
in the US Army Reserves with 14 months
active duty. Bill met and married Mary
Claire in 1969 and back to school for an MBA at the Univ. of Chicago. Bill retired from IBM
after 30 years as a system engineer in computer science. After retiring, he spent several
years in community service activities including: President of the Uptown Chicago
Commission; President of Margate Park Advisory Council; Vice President and Treasurer of
Scrap Mettle SOUL community performance ensemble; Business manager of Pegusas
Players community theatre; and creating and running a free income tax service for senior
citizens and low income neighbors.
Memories: Playing football, selling ads for the Sabre Year Book, boxing with Keith
Jorgensen who was 30 pounds heavier than I was, (I was knocked out and never knew what
hit me.), and beating out Slim Novecheck for Pillsbury Cadet of the year in my senior year
(I never could tell my left food from my right.).
class of 1955
Greg & Patti Hosburg
1067 Marsala Avenue (temporary)
Chehalis WA 98532
Greg was the Cadet Major for the battalion
in 1955. He was a natural leader. Not
finding what he wanted in Montana, he
went to school in California, UCLA and
took his examination for his CPA and of
course is now a CPA. His life included
some time in the US Army Reserve and
working in industry. One company in Southern Calif., he met Patti. She worked in
accounting and thought, “this guy spends a lot of money on trips, he must be a big wheel”
and she married him. The two of them had a motorcycle shop in Oregon for a while, but
industry called him back to accounting in Palm Desert. Greg did taxes and tired of taxes,
they moved to Washington to build a new house. Greg and Patti have 2 children and 10
Memories: It had to be living in Kelly Hall as a junior and being promoted to Major.
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class of 1955
Joseph A. & Carol Melsha
45 San Sebastian Dr.
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Joe went to Pillsbury Academy for 5 years.
He did not return for his senior year but is
remembered by the class. He was in the
US Navy for 4 years. Joe studied at the
Univ. of Iowa in Advanced Life Insurance
Studies and was employed by John
Hancock Life for 30 years. He and Carol have been married for 35 years and Joe has two
sons, 2 stepsons, and 4 grandchildren.
Memories: I will always remember Col. Maier, waiting tables, the cold classrooms, bug
juice, a special girl, corps mates here and gone, the order and unity of it all.
class of 1955
John R. Nygaard
766 Marie Avenue
Mendota Heights MN 55118
John and Gloria have been married for
only 11 years but have been a couple for
29 years. John has 3 children with first
wife, Deloris Vogt of Owatonna, and 2
grandsons. The entire family lives within 5
mile radius of each other, in the Twin Cities. After graduation, John attended the Univ.of
Minn. in chemical engineering and interrupted his schooling by enlisting in the USAF After
completing his tour in the Air Force, he returned to the university and completed his studies
for a BS in Business/Marketing. His military duties were limited to Biloxi Miss teaching
electronics, that gave him entry to Remington Rand Univac as an instructor in digital
computers. John spent most of his employment with Univac, (and its predecessors, Sperry,
Unisys and Loral), in marketing and sales to the Dept. of Defense, retiring in 1996.
Memories: Living for four years with a bunch of good guys and great friends, finding out I
wasn’t so dumb after all; those initiation hazings and of course, remembering all the
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class of 1955
Gregory & Nancy Paulson
3029 Manatee Road
Tavares FL 32788 (In the winter)
Sturgeon Lake MN (In the summer)
Gregg always transitioned between
Northern Minnesota and Florida and
ended up working for US Steel in Duluth
for 15 years, then 5 years in Ohio as a
supervisor. He retired from US Steel in
1985 and started a new career with the
Dept. of Energy as a supervisor at the
Fernald Uranium Enrichment Plant in Cincinnati. Gregg retired in 1996. Even with all the
moving around, Gregg and Nancy have 5 daughters and 12 grandchildren. Greg obtained
his pilot’s license in 1978.
Memories: I miss hearing taps. Who was that guy who was so good on the bugle? Did I
really stash beer in the toilet tank in Kelly Hall? I miss the smoking room gang!
class of 1955
Steve & Betty Ringold
2325 Vineyard Street
Burlington IA 52601
After 3 years of Pillsbury military training, Steve went
right into the US Army but his tour was shortened
due to a medical discharge. Steve and Betty
married in 1963. They have 3 children and 3 grand
children, 1 girl and 2 boys, just like the
grandparents. Steve worked his whole career in the
construction industry as member of IUOE Local 150,
Chicago for 42 years until he retired in 1999.
Memory: My best memory was the Crack Squad
performing on TV in Mason City in 1955.
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class of 1955
Jon C. Sorenson
106 3rd Street
Dane WI 53529
Jon followed the family to Pillsbury. His father
graduated in the 1940’s, his uncle Ted was in the class
of 1952 and his younger brother Eric was in the class
of 1956. It is a family affair. Jon went out West after
his 3 years at the Academy to study business at
Casper Wyoming Junior College. He came back to
Wisconsin for more school at Mid State Technical
College, again in business and marketing. Jon also
spent 8 years in the US Navy. He has 3 daughters and
11 grandchildren. Jon spent 25 years in the
construction business where he learned how to run
his own company. Currently he is doing home
remodeling, replacement windows, doors and exterior,
Memories: The best part about Pillsbury was meeting a great group of guys. Also, the
many times I had to cover up, literally, for Calvin after taps.
class of 1955
Don & Patti Vatthauer
4440 East Boston Avenue
Las Vegas NV 89104
Don was only at Pillsbury for one year, and
it was a good year for him. After
graduation, Don sold ladies shoes at a
department store in Minneapolis. He
ended up taking charge of the
department. Don enlisted in the US Air Force, and talked John Nygaard into joining with
him. They parted ways at basic training when Don went to North Africa. Most of Don’s life
has been in sales; stage equipment in Minneapolis (after the shoe dept.), draperies and
hospital curtains in Southern California and finally big expensive awnings in Las Vegas. He
recently sold his awning company, but is staying on as the manager, still working 50+ hours
a week. Don has suffered a couple setbacks with some health problems, but they have not
slowed him down.
Memories: I think I got into some kind of trouble, but nothing serious, and pretty much had
a good time. The drafting class I took probably helped me get started in business more
than anything else.
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class of 1955
Pete Winters, BGen USAF (retired)
Married to Kay Todd in 1965,
2 children and 3 grandchildren
Myrtle Beach SC 29572
After graduating from Pillsbury as the class
valedictorian, Pete was admitted to the first class at
the USAF Academy - Graduated in 1959 with a BS
degree and 2nd Lt. Further studies included a MS in
Aero/Mech Engr., and various management courses. Pete was a fighter and test pilot with
over 4700 hours in 40 aircraft types and over 29 years of USAF service. Military awards
include: Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster; Distinguished
Flying Cross; Meritorious Service Medal with Two Oak Clusters; Air Medal with Fourteen Oak
Leaf Clusters: RVN Cross of Gallantry; Command Pilot, Navigator Wings and Parachutist
Badge. After retirement from USAF he took consulting and management positions with
various aerospace companies and was director of the airport in Myrtle Beach and President
of Chamber of Commerce. Pete is currently President of JT3, a joint venture company
responsible for a multibillion dollar DoD program. He is currently residing in Las Vegas and
Kay commutes between Myrtle Beach and Las Vegas.
Memories: While everyone else was rollerskating, Col. Maier had me studying binary
arithmetic, and living in Kelly Hall as a junior was a hoot.
class of 1956
Sam & Barbara Anderson
897 Hopewell Lane
Apple Valley MN 44124
Sam is another 4 year Pillsbury graduate. Following
graduation, he was admitted to the Univ. Of Minn. in
History and Speech. “Go Gophers”!! Sam’s career
started out as an Optician. He was in this occupation
for 7 years before he was employed by AAA of
Minnesota. He sold for them for 16 years. The
insurance business took him to MSI Insurance where
he was very successful for the last 20 years retiring
in January 2003. Sam and Barb have 2 sons and 2 granddaughters. They play golf
together quite frequently in Minnesota or in Arizona during the winter months.
Memories: I enjoyed my 4 years at Pillsbury. I liked sports and the military life as well as
the direction it played in my life. I have never forgotten the experience.
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class of 1956
David & Sharon Huggett
844 Plum Tree Lane
Somerset WI 54025
Dave was only at the Academy 2 years but it was enough military to get him to join the US
Army for 6 years and ending up as an E7. During the 30 years Dave worked for the Ford
Motor Company, he married (now 36 years), had 3 sons and 7 grandchildren. Being close
to the river, they do some tubing down the river.
Memories: My special memory of Pillsbury is the good schooling, as well as having fun on
the wrestling team, and playing pool and billiards.
class of 1956
Darrel C. Jones
Deloris Schubert of Owatonna
Address: on the move
Darrel and Delores Schubert of Owatonna were married in August of 1956 and have 3
children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Darrel served two years in the US Army
after their marriage. Following the Army, Darrel and Delores moved to South Dakota where
he was in the wholesale dairy products business. He was instrumental in starting the first
wrestling team at Miller High School. After purchasing a farm, he continued to referee high
school wrestling matches and tournaments. During the twelve years he owned and
operated a diversified cattle ranch, he became personally involved with the National
Farmers Organization. In 1972, Darrel was employed full time by the NFO, sold the farm and
moved to Washington, where he served as a marketing representative covering Washington,
Idaho and Oregon. In 1973 they purchased a KOA Kampground in Spokane and added
another campground. Darrel holds a Real Estate Broker License and operated an Auto
Transport Co. Recently retired, he and Delores now travel around the country in their 5th
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class of 1956
4083 Vista Grande Drive
San Diego CA 92115
GOOOPA@AOL.COM (Please don’t call him)
After graduating from Pillsbury with honors, Henry spent two
years just hanging around with Wilma, married her in 1959,
and then joined the US Army where he was stationed in
Korea as part of the General Staff for 3 years. Henry went
on to college, graduating from the Univ. of Washington with
a BA in English Literature. He worked his way through
college after his father found out he was dancing in a ballet company at the University. He
managed to use his GI Bill to study radio electronics, while Wilma was completing her
degree at the Univ. of Washington. During this time he was a spy for the FBI, trying to talk
students into spying on members of their family. He finally lost his self esteem and quit the
FBI and was classified “rehireable.” That status kept him off jury duty and when he and
Wilma traveled the Orient for 3 years, the “status” helped when they were arrested in Korea.
They returned in 1972 and Henry became a successful general contractor for the next 16
years. After recovering from serious illness, he used his skills developed at Pillsbury and
was employed as a consultant with a billiards company. Currently Henry is a successful real
estate agent in San Diego County.
Memories: I have very fond memories of Pillsbury, even those including Nygaard and his
Class of 1956
Lawrence (Pete) Pederson
North Branch MN 55056
Pete, as he was affectionately called by
all, spent four years at Pillsbury and
continued his education at the Univ. of
Minn. before enlisting in the US Army.
Since the Pederson family was in the
construction business, Pete naturally went into the Corps of Engineers. After the Army, Pete
worked in the family business eventually became the owner with his brother. Pete sold the
company a few years ago. His wife passed away just last year and he has three children
and two grandsons.
Memories: Good sports memories like baseball and basketball, making Quartermaster
Officer in my senior year, and the friends I made which have lasted these almost 50 years.
I enjoyed military life at the school.
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class of 1956
Gary E. & Merijean Stensby
5521 Chantrey Road
Edina MN 55436
Gary insists he went to the “School of
Hard Knocks.” While in the US Army
Reserves for the 6 years, he married and
had 2 children with 1 grandson. Gary was
a self-employed painting contractor all his
life and purchased the painting business
from his father in 1969. When he retired in
2002, he sold the business to his son, and
the family business continues. Both Gary
and Marijean spend their summer time on the St. Croix River in their houseboat. Gary was
Commodore of the St. Croix Yacht Club in 1973. He is experienced on snow as well as
water, racing snowmobiles professionally. On the ground, he plays golf and hunts.
Memories: I gained confidence and learned that I was capable of doing more things than
I had previously thought.
Class of 1957
John & Janet Allyn
3839 Xenium Court
Plymouth MN 55441
John was in the last class to graduate from
Pillsbury after attending for 4 years. After
graduating, John like many of the graduates
joined the US Army. Completing his tour John
married Janet and proceeded to have 4 children
and 5 grandchildren. He spent most of his career
in metal. Working for 4 different companies that
produced metal parts, plastic parts, overhead
cranes, industrial heat processing equipment, and
electronic test equipment. He has been a screw
machine operator to VP of Operations. The last 10years he has run a small metals
distribution company and one of his major accomplishments has been, in this industry, is to
just stay in business the last few years. They have a home in West Palm Beach and plan to
retire next year and spend most of the winter there
Memories: My association with some of the greatest people any one could hope to know.
I believe that with the possible exception of some meeting with Cmdr. Schulte, most of my
memories of PA are very favorable.
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class of 1958
1114 Sutter Street
San Francisco CA 94101
Jay belongs to that class of cadets who wished they could
have graduated from Pillsbury, but alas, the school closed
at the end of the class of 1957. Following his high school
graduation, Jay served in the Military Police with the US
Army. While in the Army, he attended the Univ. of Maryland
for 2 years, and schools in Germany. After service, he
returned to Minneapolis for a few years before San
Francisco called him. For the next 5 years he held various
positions in the financial and insurance sector while
attending San Francisco City College in the American
Institute of Banking Branch. For the past 27 years he has
been driving his own cab on the “Streets of San Francisco.”
Jay was married and has no children. During his free time,
Jay loves to play golf. Honors: San Francisco Humanitarian
of the Year - Award for Heroism; Red Cross Award for
Class of 1958
Reynold (Rey) & Cindy Lee
5229 3rd Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Rey spent 3 years at Pillsbury but was not
allowed to graduate before they closed this
wonderful institution down after his junior year
(he had to give up his bugle). This forced him
to graduate from a Minneapolis high school.
He spent some unproductive time at the Univ.
of Minn. and Mankato State College before
joining the US Army for three years. He
served with the US Army Security Agency as an analyst in Okinawa for eighteen months, but
he can’t talk about it. Rey returned to the family business in 1962 after his father’s death,
which he now owns with a partner. Rey married the girl of his dreams and they will celebrate
their fortieth anniversary this year. They have four children and five wonderful grandchildren.
Activities include: Cataract Lodge No. 2, Scottish Rite, Zuhrah Shrine Temple, American
Legion #550, Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Air Patrol.
Memories: Learning to grow up and stand tall. The Crack Squad, Company ‘C’ cadence
squad, P Club and being one of Bessie’s Boys waiting tables. In addition, the many
wonderful cadets that I have met and will meet while working with the Pillsbury Military
Academy Alumni Association.
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class of 1958
Richard E. (Dick) Madsen CWO W2
Married 27 years to Lila Faye Blackburn
57 Woodbridge Drive
Cabot Arkansas 72023
Immediately following four years of military
life at Pillsbury, Dick enlisted in the US
Army and stayed for 20 years. Twelve of
the 20 years in the Army were overseas:
Germany, 2 tours in Vietnam, Alaska,
Turkey and Canal Zone. In addition to
being a soldier, his Army career was managing NCO and Officer Clubs, Club Systems and
Hotels. Medals awarded include: Bronze Star, Army Commendation (2), Good Conduct (3),
National Defense, Vietnam Service (6 Campaigns) RVN Campaign (60 Dev), RVN Gallantry
Cross Unit Citation wPalm, RVN Civil Actions Medal,1st Class with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the
Presidential Unit Citation (4th Infantry Division). After retirement from the Army, Dick served
23 years in the Pine Bluff Police Dept. and 2 years in the County Sheriff’s Dept. Somehow,
Dick and Lila managed to have 5 children and 8 grandchildren.
Memories: Special memories are sneaking out after taps and Rey Lee’s lousy horn.
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