October 30, 2022
Riggs High Class of 1964
Our website has been available on
the internet for more than eighteen years now, and time and technology
have caught up with it. At this point, re-writing the site in current
technology would be a daunting task involving time and resources which
we don’t have. The current use of social media has made our website
somewhat obsolete, and it’s been duplicated with our Facebook page:
The Facebook page allows each of us to post news and photos, costs us
nothing, and requires no webmaster maintenance. And so we have decided
to close the riggshighclassof64.com website.
As a memento of the site, a thumb
drive version has been created so that we do not lose the content
generated over the years. You can get a thumb drive copy by contacting
the webmaster. The website will open (from content on the thumb drive),
and be viewable as it was on the day it closed. All the photos, articles
and reviews are there just as they were, but now in a static condition,
locked in time. The internet links presented, however, will still
work if your computer has an internet connection, and if the link you
click on is still current.
I want to express my appreciation to
the Riggs High Class of 1964 and to all of the life-long friends I have
from my graduating class. I have enjoyed serving as webmaster over the
years, and I cherish the memories created in this work. The thumb drive
version of the website offers a lasting memoir of that special time in
our lives when the whole world was just ahead of us, waiting to see what
we would do. Contact the webmaster to obtain your thumb drive. You can
enjoy this memento through the years ahead, and never forget the joy and
beauty that was the Riggs High School Class of 1964. GO GOVERNORS!
Riggs High School Class of 1964
On January 10,
2022, I received this notice from Mary Kay:
I am just full of sad
news today. In sending out the last email I discovered that Kathy
Moser-Heidemann passed away in October. I
have copied her obituary here too. Her sister Sharon is married to
Clayton Sonnenschein but they have moved to
the Sioux Falls area and I had not heard about Kathy. Our sympathy goes
out to Kathy’s family also.
Kathleen M. "Kathy" Heidemann
December 20, 1946 - October 1, 2021
Kathleen M. "Kathy"
Heidemann was born to Edwin and Althea (Blumhardt)
Moser on December 20, 1946, at Pierre, South Dakota, and passed away
October 1, 2021, at her home in Hastings, Nebraska, at the age of 74.
She was the eldest of two children in the family. Kathy graduated from
Riggs Senior High School in Pierre, SD in 1964. She attended Northern
State College in Aberdeen, SD where she received her teaching degree and
then went on to teach elementary school children in Sioux Falls, SD.
Kathy was united in marriage to Gene S. Heidemann
on February 1, 1977, at St. John Lutheran Church by Rev. Leonard
Heidemann in Seward, NE. They were married
for 44 years. God blessed them with two children, Angela and Michael.
They resided on a farm two miles west of Daykin, NE for 42 years, where
she was a homemaker while Gene farmed.
Kathy participated in many activities over the years. She engaged
in their local church, Immanuel Lutheran, east of Daykin, where they
were members for 44 years. Activities included Lutheran Women's
Missionary League and a representative for Thrivent Financial. She
taught midweek classes at Immanuel for many years. She sat on the
Meridian Public School Board for a time. She enjoyed cooking and baking
for her family and friends as well as hosting parties at their
farmhouse. She was also in craft club for many years with other local
residents. In her final years, she enjoyed helping her grandchildren
with their fundraisers. Her memorable hobbies through the years included
gardening and a love for collecting Fenton glassware and
Kathy is survived by her husband, Gene;
daughter, Angela (Ken) Hulse of Hastings,
NE; son, Michael Heidemann (Nicholas Hall)
of Tacoma, WA; grandchildren, Kenneth Hulse,
Wyatt Hulse and Marcus
Hulse; sister, Sharon (Clayton) Sonnenschein
of Sioux Falls, SD; brothers-in-law, Philip (Mary)
Heidemann of Daykin, NE, Mark (Teri)
Heidemann of Seward, NE; sisters-in-law, Barbara McMahon of
Huntsville, AL, Virginia Hughes of Seward, NE, and Dorothy
Heidemann Nelson of Lincoln, NE; and many
nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and
Althea Moser; parents-in-law, Rev. Leonard and Violet (Chirnside)
Heidemann; brothers-in-law, Don McMahon, T.R.
Hughes and Keith Heidemann.
A memorial was held for Kathy on October
9, 2021, at 3 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church east of Daykin, NE. Pastor
Pullmann was the presiding officiant.
Inurnment followed in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Cards and
memorials may be directed to the family at 505 N Bellevue Ave, Hastings,
NE 68901, to be designated to the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery Fund.
We have lost another
classmate. I received word yesterday that Linda Lewis-Guernsey passed
away. I found her obituary and have included it here. Our sympathy
goes out to her family. I noticed they have her growing up in Ft.
Pierre but she actually grew up in Pierre and graduated with the Class
of 64 at Riggs.
Guernsey age 75 of Broken Bow, NE passed away January 5, 2022, at her
home in Broken Bow with family by her side.
Funeral service will be Monday, January 10, 2022, at 10:30 am at the
Evangelical Free Church in Broken Bow with Pastor Tim Peterson
officiating. The funeral service will be livestreamed at www.govierbrothers.com.
Burial will follow in the Broken Bow Cemetery. A visitation will be held
on Sunday, January 9th from
1:00 to 6:00 pm with family greeting 4:00 to 6:00 pm at
Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow.
Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of
arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at www.govierbrothers.com.
was born on July 26th,
1946, in Fort Pierre, South Dakota to Russel and Ellen (Brine) Lewis.
She grew up and graduated High School in Fort Pierre, South Dakota.
Linda attended Platte Valley Bible College where she met Charles “LeRoy”
Guernsey. They were married in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on June 4th,
1967. They were blessed with five children, Rhonda, Terry, John, Lorie,
and Chad. The family moved to Bayard, Iowa where she served as a
minister’s wife at the Bayard Church of Christ. The family then moved to
the Lillian Community where she served in the same role for the Lillian
Church of Christ. Linda also worked as a cook at the Gates Grade
School, which she enjoyed immensely. In the 80’s she began her career
at Becton-Dickinson Vacutainer Systems where she worked for over 20
years until her retirement when she became the primary caretaker of her
late husband LeRoy who was battling ALS.
Linda’s greatest joy in life was to be surrounded by her children and
grandchildren. Many fond memories and much laughter were also shared
with her sister Ruth. Linda enjoyed many travels over the years. Her
three-month trip to New Zealand with her friend Lorraine Thorn, a trip
to Canada in her college years, Alaska and Hawaii were a few of her
favorites. Cooking was one of her favorite things to do, no one ever
went hungry from Linda’s house. Her other hobbies include crocheting,
diamond painting and spending time with her church family.
is survived by her five children, two daughters Rhonda (Nick) Winchester
of Kearney, NE, and Lorie (Shaun) Saathoff
of Wavery, three sons Terry (Kara) Guernsey
of Lincoln, John (Gina) Guernsey of Pickrell,
and Chad (Shanna) Guernsey of Burwell, and sister-in-law
Ganita (Al) Budd of Ozark, MO. She is also
survived by twenty grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
was preceded in death by her husband Charles “LeRoy” Guernsey, parents Russel and Ellen Lewis, siblings Robert Lewis and Ruth McConnell.
Yet More Sad News
On April 13, 2020, I received this notice from
I received word from Ruth Butler Stampka that Judy Stalley Henneberg passed away
on April 8. Ruth had talked to her just two days before that and she was fine.
She suffered a heart attack and her husband Steve said she went fast. I had
talked to her when we were in Arizona and we had planned to get together but
then the virus struck and we left before we could do it. At the time she had
been doctoring with a heart specialist for some issues she was having. I don’t
know any other details or where the funeral (if there was one) was being held.
They lived in Scottsdale, Arizona but she taught in Great Falls, Montana for
many years before retiring to a warmer climate. If someone has an address for
husband or more information please share. I sure don’t like sharing this kind of
news but it makes me appreciate it even more when we do reach out and connect
with one another. Please be safe and stay healthy.
Mary Kay Denton-Carter
Our reality is changing:
It is with a heavy heart that I have posted each death in our class. We
are at that time in our lives, life is fragile and these days are precious.
Now we have the Covid-19 virus upsetting everything we have known. Please,
my classmates, take every precaution, comply with the medical expert's advise,
do all that you can to preserve your health. Please do all you can to
avoid being next to leave our great Class of '64. Stay well, be safe!
More Sad News
On March 06, 2020, I received this notice from
It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that our Class President, Wally
Thomsen passed away last night as a result of pancreatic cancer. Nancy said
that tentatively visitation is set for Tuesday night with services on
Wednesday. Those of you that were at the reunion will have fond memories of him
trying to be so brave in light of his diagnosis. His pain and nausea was so
terrible these last few days that he is finally at rest. Her phone # is
605.280.5491 her address is 1108 Bridgeview, Pierre, SD 57501. Rest in Peace
On January 20, 2020, I received this notice from
Re: Cindy Cameron Brogren
I received word today that Cindy passed away unexpectedly Sunday afternoon. I
don’t have much information except that she became ill on Friday was admitted to
the hospital on Saturday and went into ICU and was diagnosed with sepsis. She
passed on Sunday. She really wanted to come to the reunion this summer but had
another commitment that weekend so she didn’t make it. Remember her family in
CLASS OF ’64 FIFTY-FIFTH REUNION was a
55th Reunion of the Class of 1964 was held September 13, 14 and 15, 2019 in
enjoyed a riverboat ride, golf, tours, Riggs High Homecoming game, and
and Brunch with Mary & Dick Carter among other things.
Click on 55th Reunion Photos to view photos
of the events. Enjoy!
CLASS OF ’64 FIFTY-FIFTH REUNION
Friday - Sunday,
Sept. 13 - 15, 2019 - SAVE THE DATE
Friday, September 13
4:00 PM – Meet at Fischer-Lilly Park in Ft. Pierre to board “The Sunset”, a
steamboat replica, for a ride up and down the mighty Missouri. Cash bar
available on the boat and a taco bar for our on the river dining. See:
4:30 PM – All Aboard! The Sunset is leaving the dock!
6:30 PM – Return to the dock and depart for the football game.
7:00 PM - Join the Riggs High fans at their Homecoming game. A reserved
section will be roped off for our seating. Riggs has won the state
championship two years in a row.
Saturday – Possibilities are:
Golf – Let us know as soon as possible if you want
to golf so Brent can get Tee Times. Our golf course is beautiful and very
busy so we need to get these in as soon as possible. Pay your fees at the
Cultural Heritage Center – A very interesting place if you’ve never visited.
Open 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturdays with a $3.00 entrance fee for Seniors.
Buddy up with another class mate and make the visit together when it best
fits your schedule. Their special display at this time is the “Silent Silos”
story of the building of the underground missile silos across the prairie in
The Dakota Western Heritage Festival is going on this weekend also. Those
events and the vendor show will take place in the Expo Center in Ft. Pierre.
Music, Art, demonstrations. You may want to visit and see what they have to
Governors Walk or drive. Visit the many statues of the former Governors of
South Dakota. They are located in various places around the city.
Lunch - On your own
1:30 PM – City Tour – a lot of changes have taken place in the past 55
years. Climb on the bus and enjoy a ride around the cities of Pierre and Ft
Pierre as we show you the new developments of business and housing in the
5:30 PM – Meet at Drifters Restaurant in Fort Pierre cash bar
6:30 – Group picture by Bob Jeffries
6:45 – Invocation and Memorial Service – Wally Thomsen
7:00 – Dinner is served
Program by Don Boyd
Music by Tony DeBlois
Pictures will be ready by the end of the evening. Pay Bob Jeffries when you
Brunch will be served beginning at 9:30 AM at the home of Mary and Dick
Carter. Come and go as you please and say your farewells
to your classmates.
And, last but not least: Cost for the weekend is $100 per person. No we
don’t take credit cards. Make checks out to “Class of 64 Reunion” and mail
to: Wally Thomsen (If you need his address, click on the Webmaster link
below and ask. I will forward it to you!)
Please let us know if you are coming and in what activities you wish to
participate. We need to let caterers know how many to plan for and we will
need to line up buses to do the city tour if that is a desirable activity.
Check out our Facebook Group!
Riggs High Class of 64
January 11, 2014
CLASS OF ’64 FIFTIETH REUNION
SEPTEMBER 19, 20,
21, 2014 - SAVE THE DATE
Reunion is rapidly approaching! The dates are September 19, 20, 21,
here in Pierre.
There is a home
football game the night of the 19th and since Pierre won the
AA State Football Championship last year (first time in history), the
committee decided it would be fun to go as a group and support the home
team. We can get together afterwards for either hot or cold toddies
depending on the weather.
We will be
planning other activities also. We would like
your input on what you would like to do and we will be meeting on
Wednesday night to discuss ideas.
Share this with
other classmates as we don’t have all the email addresses and
definitely don’t have up-to-date mailing addresses. We need your help
to make this great event.
Carmen Alleman, Wally Thomsen, Don Boyd, Charlie Walker, Dan Hall, Tom
Rose, Galen Theobald, Jackie Zoller Shibley, Mike Pellerzi, Brent
Dykstra and anyone else we can get involved.
50th Reunion Agenda
50th Reunion Roster
OH What Changes
Hotels & Motels
Update!! The reunion was a
wonderful success! Please check out the photo galleries:
50th Reunion Photos
August 30, 2010
Riggs High Class of 1965
held its 45th Reunion on Saturday and Sunday,
August 7th and 8th, 2010, in Pierre, SD.
Please check out their
45th Reunion Photos!
Pheasant Hunting (See
Rick Blair Item)!
classmate visiting Pierre please contact Wally at the flower shop and he will
put out the call and we'll be happy to get together for dinner and sharing
of memories and old times.