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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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