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Welcome to the Oak Park-River Forest High Class Of 1962 web site.      

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Here are our clasmates who plan to attend our 80th Birthday Party

Friday Attendees

 

Carlson, Dale and Lynne
Crane, Daniel
Gwinn (Schaaf), Diane and Robert
Hyde (Hasil), Jane
Kadon (kadon), Alan and Sharon
Keas (Gregg), Barbara
Law (Stodden), Valerie and John
Lieb (Wiegel), Barbara
Lovett (Whisler), Ellen
McLaren, Robert and Bonnie
Pugh (Rendo), Michele and guest
Rold, Stephen and Susan
Schulz , Virginia and guest
Strompolos, Stephen
Vasey (Staehle), Mary Lou
Wehrli (Judge), Kimbeth
Yavitz, David

Erika (Busck) Poletti

Grant Dahlgreen

Saturday attendees

Agne, Joseph and Ann
Boyles, Robert and Jill
Carlson, Dale and Lynne
Fleck (DeBock), Margaret and Donald
Greenup (Cortez), Carol
Gwinn (Schaaf), Diane and Robert
Hyde (Hasil), Jane

Hayden, Pat and Susan
Kadon (kadon), Alan and Sharon
Law (Stodden), Valerie and John 

Lieb (Wiegel), Barbara
Lovett (Whisler), Ellen
Ludington, Kenneth and Deborah
McLaren, Robert and Bonnie
Pugh (Rendo), Michele
Schulz (Theodore), Virginia

Snyder, Bill and Marlene
Strompolos, Stephen
Vasey (Staehle), Mary Lou
Wehrli (Judge), Kimbeth

Hendricks (Besinger) Penny and Richard

Wham(Goss) Pam and Robert

George Rddiford and Pat

Erika (Busck) Poletti

Grant Dahlgreen

Here is a pic of the way OPRF used to be - Thanks to Nancy Tobias Hylbert

For all River Forest Junior High graduates, I got this from the class of 61's site- Mr Reichenbach was our shop teacher.

Relatives and Friends of Richard Reichenbach,
You may have learned that Richard Henry Reichenbach passed away on March 22 at Lightways Hospice Center in Joliet.
His children, Mike, Cheryl and Steve, will hold a memorial for him on March 6 at Illinois Air Museum in Bolingbrook, Illinois on Saturday May 6. We anticipate a start for the event at 3:30 PM with a buffet following. Interment of ashes will likely be on Monday May 8 in southern Illinois. We will have more details in the next week.
Please let me know if you are interested in attending the memorial in person or online.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, wife Velma, and sister-Betty Erickson. He is survived by his sister Joan Van Note, daughter-Cheryl, sons-Michael (Kristina) and Steven (Barbara), and six grandchildren. He was born on October 5th, 1927 in Chicago, IL, to Henry and Edna (Sues) Reichenbach. He grew up in Northwest Chicago in a close-knit family with multiple generations living in the same neighborhood. Following graduation from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1945, he enlisted in the US Army and served as a surgical technician during WWII.
He attended the University of Illinois--Urbana and met wife, Velma, whom he married in 1952. Following graduation, they moved back to the Chicago area, and he taught drafting at Lane Tech high school. Building on his talent for teaching and engaging students, he went on to teach industrial arts at Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest establishing a diverse curriculum including woodworking, drafting, metalworking, plastics, electronics, leatherwork, and even personal computers well before mainstream adoption. Known as Mr. Rick to many, he inspired literally generations of students over his 35 year teaching tenure. Even after retirement, he continued teaching youth while initiating programs at the Latin school in Chicago and volunteering with boy scouts. He always had a new project going and passed on his creative skills and tradition of crafts to his grandchildren, young relatives and neighbors.
He was a long-time resident of Oak Park, IL where he and Velma raised their three children. There he was known for helping others with various home repair projects as well as being the first out with his snow blower and helping clear neighbor’s sidewalks and alleyways. After their children set out on their own, Richard and Velma moved back to Northwest Chicago before moving to a retirement community in Brookfield. After Velma passed, Richard moved to a retirement community in Romeoville IL.
Richard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and remarkable teacher who was always finding new projects to spark the imagination of students and bring out their best efforts. He will be missed, but his legacy will live on through his children, grandchildren, and all the lives whom he touched.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to Lightways Hospice or support scholarships to the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center. More information about these organizations will be available in my next email.

Mike Reichenbach

3676 Bayview Dr.
Barnum, MN 55707
218-340-4244
mikereichenbach1@gmail.com

 

 

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