The Gopher Lives!

Where he found it, I have no idea … but my brother (Mike Jackoboice, FHC Class of ’77) sent me this blast from the past today. Our reincarnated, Homecoming-winning, once-torched, beloved Gopher float!
May he live in infamy...

May he live in infamy...


Son of a Sailor 10K (Erv McLaughlin Memorial Race)

Hello everyone!  Just a reminder about this year’s event in honor of Erv McLaughlin.

I received the following message:

Hi Tim – can you please remind all your FHC classmates of the Son of Sailor 10K  at Hess Lake again in Erv’s honor this year? The date is  July 11, and can be signed up via

We’re having a difficult time getting sponsors, and can use all the help we can get.


Suzanne Symon (McLaughlin)

Mid-Winter Mini Reunion

Hi Everyone,
It’s been a while since the local ’82 graduates of FHC have shared a few cocktails and danced the night away.
If you don’t live too far from our old stomping grounds, Triology, the band that played at our senior prom and 25 year reunion,  is playing Saturday, February 21st, 8:30pm-12:30am, at Centennial Country Club
Come early and have dinner at 7:30pm – just call and increase our reservation under FHC Class of ’82 with your name and quantity.  
Tim, since my contact list is limited, would you please post online and send an email blast out to everyone? 
Everyone else, pass the word to friends and family of the class of ’82 – the more the merrier! 
Can’t wait to see all of you!
Becky Tyke

Subject: Mini FHC Reunion

Jan (Bender) Burns of the FHC Class of ’83 sent out the following Facebook email. Sounds like a good time, and I hope you can attend…!:

“We thought it would be fun for all of us FHCers to get together! So, if you’re in GR and free on January 29th, stop on downtown to Founders after 5pm-ish!

Should be a fun time!

See you soon, Jan.”

Ken Klotz, Sr.

Marion Kish Mikula sent this obituary to post on our website, and believes this was our classmate Ken Klotz’ father.    
Kenneth C. Klotz, born in Sunfield, Michigan on December 24, 1937, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 10, 2008. He died in the comfort of his home, after a heroic battle with cancer, surrounded by family and loved ones. His first career was as a well decorated Sergeant in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He served in the Vietnam War for over twelve years, before being honorably discharged in 1967. Later he enjoyed a ten year career in Hospital Administration, and twenty years in Supervision at Amway Corporation. He was preceded in death by his son, Gene Christian Klotz. He will be greatly missed, and is survived by his loving wife, Judy (Cole) Klotz; his children, Kenneth (Kathy) Klotz of Caledonia, Dan (Emily) Klotz of Ionia, Michelle (Garrett) Lohr of Cascade, Kimberly (Brian) Kalee of Kentwood, Debra (William) Snyder of Ada, Doreen (George) Selden of Jonesboro, AR, James (Renee) Cole of Auburn Hills; siblings, Gene (Joyce) Klotz, Leota Johnson, and Keith Klotz. He also leaves behind fourteen grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered for his loyalty and dedication to his family, career, and country, and missed as a dedicated member of the Family of Christ Lutheran Church of Grand Rapids. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at the O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE with Rev. Mark Bowditch of the Family of Christ Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Family of Christ Lutheran Church of Grand Rapids; Spectrum Health Hospice of Grand Rapids; or University of Michigan Hospital Department of Otolaryngology in Ann Arbor. O’Brien Eggebeen Gerst




Erv McLauchlan Memorial Event

Saturday, July 19 — 3rd Annual “Son Of A Sailor” hess lake 10k Walk/Run
Start time will be 8:30 a.m. on 88th Street, with the race proceeding counter clock-wise around the lake. The inside lane of the road (i.e., closest to the lake) will be for runners/walkers. Please be respectful of this community event and try to schedule road usage before 8:30 a.m. and after 10 a.m., or please drive counter clock-wise in the outside lane. 
Cost per entry is $20.00 if received by July 16 ($25.00 if received after July 16).  Pre-race packet pickup and sign-up will be July 18, at 1249 Hess Lake Drive from  4-8 p.m.  Race Day sign-up will be 7 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. at River Valley Community Church on M37 and 88th Street. 
On-line registration is available at Chip timing for runners will be provided by Runners Edge.
Questions or want to volunteer? Contact Betty Bosowski at or Katie Lipner at or (231) 834-9915. 
Click to get a sign-up form: 2008-race-entry-form

Comments from Chris Manos

Cheers Class of ’82:

I just wanted to share a just few words about Dan that many of you were not aware of.
Dan and I were close friends and we spent a good amount of time together in Colorado the years prior to his accident. We were roommates for 2 years (88′-90). We both started snowboarding/mountain biking in 88′. When I moved out to Summit County, CO in 92′, I knew it wouldn’t be long before “Double D” moved out west too. And he did in 95′. He was addicted to those stinking mountains just as bad as I was. Dan, Joe Knape and I had a great triangle of fun and friendship in Colorado for years. We boarded, we biked and we partied like we owned the state. What amazed me so much about Dan was his incredible stamina. Dan could party like a Rock Star till 2am, then get up at 7am and board all day like he was never out the night before. He was unstoppable!! The parties, stories, etc…..!!!

So, the next time you take a run down a mountain on a board, pair of skis, or bike, dedicate it to Dan. I am sure he would appreciate it. Bare in mind, if any of us had a choice of the way we’d leave Planet Fun, it would be doing what we love. At least I would. And that’s how Dano left. I can only hope to get that lucky!!
Dan was full of life and energy, and always………ripping it up!!!
Chris Manos