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T. F. Riggs High School
Class of '64 Website!


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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RiggsHighClassof64. 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!


Larry Kleinschmidt
Riggs High School Class of 1964

January 17, 2022

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 Mikasa crystal.

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.

Greetings friends,

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.

Linda Guernsey

Linda 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.

Linda 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.

Linda 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.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles “LeRoy” Guernsey, parents Russel and Ellen Lewis, siblings Robert Lewis and Ruth McConnell.

April 14, 2020

Yet More Sad News

On April 13, 2020, I received this notice from Mary Kay:

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

April 09, 2020


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!  larry.k

March 06, 2020

More Sad News

On March 06, 2020, I received this notice from Mary:

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 Wally.

January 21, 2020

Sad News

On January 20, 2020, I received this notice from Mary:

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 your prayers. 

October 2, 2019

CLASS OF ’64 FIFTY-FIFTH REUNION was a wonderful success!

 The 55th Reunion of the Class of 1964 was held September 13, 14 and 15, 2019 in Pierre.

The group 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!

August 3, 2019


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: www.sdriverboats.com
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 course.

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 South Dakota.

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 offer.

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 area.

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 pick up.


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.

Oct 14, 2014

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Riggs High Class of 64

January 11, 2014


SEPTEMBER 19, 20, 21, 2014 - SAVE THE DATE

Our 50th 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.

 Your committee,

Mary Carter, 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 Registration Form

50th Reunion Roster

OH What Changes We've Seen!

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!

Here's a little something for the strays among us.

 March 25, 2009

Pheasant Hunting (See Rick Blair Item)!

Any 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.

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