Jeffrey “Jeff” Alan Niese ~ Class of 1968

Jeff Niese ~ Class of 1968

Departed ~ 4/22/2020

OBITUARY
Jeffrey Alan Niese
APRIL 21, 1950 – APRIL 22, 2020

Jeff Niese, 70, was a kind and gentle man. Jeff was born in Beech Grove, Indiana on April 21, 1950 to William and Carol Niese. He was preceded in death by both parents.
He is survived by one sister, Marilyn Weed and her husband Jim of Universal City, Texas, and niece Anne De le Rosa & husband Edward of San Marcos, Texas and nephew John Wilson & wife Cindy of Odenton, Maryland. Grand nieces Claire and Ellie Wilson and nephew Aiden De la Rosa.

Graveside services are being planned at Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, Texas.

Born in Beech Grove, Indiana, Jeff’s youth was spent with his family as his father’s work took them from Indiana to Baltimore Maryland, Tripoli Libya, back to Indiana and then to Vietnam (before the war), then to Bangkok Thailand. Returning to Indiana to finish high school, he graduated from Purdue University at Indianapolis with a degree in engineering.

He worked at IUPUI Bursar Office (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) for many years. He also was a founding member of the museum of the 20th Century Warfare. He was an active re-enactor for nearly 40 years with various impressions including the Civil War, WWII and Vietnam. He was known for extensive knowledge of Viet Nam era memorabilia.

Jeff will be missed by his friends at Museum of 20th Century and his family.

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Bernard “Bernie” Kinney ~ Class of 1967

Bernard “Bernie” Kinney ~ Class of 1967

Departed~10/09/2014

It has taken me a good deal of time to make this decision as it concerns my younger brother who attended ISB from 1964 until 1967 and graduated with the class of 1967. My brother, Bernard (Bernie) Kinney passed away from medical issues on October 9, 2014 in Monterey California.

Bernie the son of Earl J and Adelle E (Jarvis) Kinney, born February 7, 1949 was a long time resident in San Jose California and previously from Northern Virginia and Maryland.

A Vietnam Veteran with the 101st Airborn Division. He is survived by myself Gary E also an alumni of ISB. I attended the school for one year from 1964 until 1965.

I was going through some family matters and came across the records and decided it should be known by his friends and classmates at ISB. I would appreciate someone in the association including his name and memory in the gone but not forgotten directory listing on the association web site.

I thank you for taking care of this matter.

Regards,

Gary Kinney
Class of 1965

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William Bill Henry Napier Ellis Jr. ~ Class of 1967

Bill Ellis ~ Class of 1967

Departed ~ September 7, 2016 ~ Cause unknown

William Henry Napier Ellis Jr.

11/14/1949 – 09/07/2016

William “Bill” Henry Napier Ellis, Jr., 66, passed away on Sept. 7, 2016, at the Medical University of SC in Charleston, after an extended illness. The memorial service will occur on Friday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal Markley Chapel, 10 N. Church St., in downtown Greenville, SC. A visitation reception will follow the service in the McKissick Room.

A Celebration of Life Marina Potluck will be held to honor Bill at the Charleston City Marina Megadock, 17 Lockwood Dr., in Charleston, SC, on Monday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. Shelley Waters will perform.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made payable to Charleston Transplant Home and sent to P.O Box 1126, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465. Or, donations may be made to the MUSC Living Donor Institute, payable to MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee Street – MSC450, Charleston, SC 29425.

Bill was born in Fort Eustis, Va., on Nov. 14, 1949, the oldest son of William Henry Napier “Nap” Ellis and Frances Elisabeth “Libby” Woodward Ellis. As the son of a career Army officer, he moved frequently with his family starting in Alaska (before it was a state), Knoxville, TN; Long Island, NY; Okinawa, Japan; Atlanta, Ga.; and back to Virginia.

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Maureen Ann McLaughlin Guignon ~ Class of 1967

 

 

 

Maureen McLaughlin Guignon ~ Class of 1967

Departed January 9, 2017 ~ Complications related to Alzheimer’s disease

Maureen Ann McLaughlin Guignon For the first time in her life, Maureen Ann McLaughlin Guignon listened to her father. Unfortunately, she listened to his advice, “Don’t get old, Mo.”

At 67 years old, Maureen passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born December 18, 1949 in New Orleans to Captain Jack and Marjorie McLaughlin, Maureen lived an adventure filled childhood as a Navy brat with her three sisters, Patricia, Shawn and Mary Ellen. Maureen graduated from the International School of Bangkok in 1967 and briefly attended Marymount University. During her first year in college, she met the love of her life, Joseph Guignon, and together they continued their adventures around the world. Living in Germany, Egypt, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and many states around the United States, Maureen and Joe raised their three children in a warm and loving home. Maureen was extremely proud of her children, and her children will profoundly feel her loss. In 2011, Maureen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and participated in several drug trials in order to help future generations. After her diagnosis, Maureen and Joe continued their adventures, but closer to home, by volunteering for Honor Flight receptions, swimming, walking, and spending time with family. Maureen and Joe celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on December 22, 2016 in Fairfax, Virginia with their children.

 Maureen graduated from George Mason University, with her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in Art History. Maureen taught at GMU as an Art History interim professor from 2000 to 2014. Maureen is survived by her devoted husband, Joe; children, Aimee, Shannon and Blythe; and three sisters, Patty, Shawn and Mary Ellen Reutinger (David).

A memorial service will be held at St. Leo’s Catholic Church on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 1 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at the Army Navy Club, Fairfax, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Honor Flight Network, (www.honorflight.org/donate-now/).In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Honor Flight Network, (www.honorflight.org/donate-now/).
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 11, 2017

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Kenneth Richard Ken Bryant ~ Class of 1967

Kenny “Ken” Bryant ~ Class of 1967

Departed ~ 3/4/2018

Obituary

Rev. Kenneth “Ken” Bryant, age 68 of Greenville, passed away Sunday evening, March 4, 2018 at his home in Greenville.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday March 24, 2018 at the Greenville First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kurt Simon officiating. The family will receive friends there on Saturday March 24th from nine a.m. until service time. For those who desire memorials in Rev. Bryant’s memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Missions Fund at the service or at the Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Ken was born in Hong Kong to Richard W. and Evelyn (Coovert) Bryant. He grew up in Thailand where his parents were missionaries. After graduating from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, he returned to Thailand for 2 years as a Volunteer in Mission. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1977 and was ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church, USA. His first pastorate was the Presbyterian Church, Chow Chilla, CA. He served the Yoked Parish (Methodist/Presbyterian) in Green Valley, IL; Little Cedar Presbyterian Church, Little York, IL; and Sugar Tree Grove Presbyterian Church, Monmouth, IL. He accepted a call to Greenville First Presbyterian Church in 1994 and served there until his retirement in 2015. He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughters Christine Bryant and Sara (Jacob) Trautmann; grandchildren: Ezra, Jaida, Angelique, and Keatyn; sisters Sharon Bryant, Carol (Tim Narby) Bryant, and brother John (LeeAnna) Bryant; and several nieces and nephews. Ken was a member of the Presbytery of Southeastern IL, the Lion’s Club, the Greenville ministerial alliance, and served as welfare secretary for the Greenville Salvation Army unit.

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My brother, Ken, and his wife, Susie, with my sister Carol and me on Easter Sunday.

The week before Christmas 2013, the doctors discovered a tumor in my brother’s brain that had, in three days, destroyed his ability to use his right arm and his right leg, and had taken away his speech.  As pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Illinois, he was unable to preach the Christmas sermon or participate in many Christmas activities at the church.  The week after Christmas, the doctors in St. Louis operated and removed the tumor. Since then, he has been on an aggressive treatment plan with chemotherapy and radiation therapy to destroy any residual cancer and physical therapy to restore his ability to use his arm, his leg and his speech.

 

 

 

 

Rev. Kenneth R. Bryant Delivers the Resurrection Message on Easter Sunday

My last day in the USA this year was Easter Sunday. My sister and I flew to Greenville and spent two days with my brother and his wife. On Easter Sunday morning, we rejoiced to see and hear him deliver the resurrection message to his congregation. Oh, God is so good!

 

 

Hans Loudermilk ~ Class of 1967

Hans Loudermilk ~ Class of 1967

Departed ~ 5/14/2017

Hans Loudermilk Class of 1967 passed away last night, May 14, 2018, in San Jose Costa Rica. He was visiting me at my house in Playa Negra, Guanacaste and had a severe bleeding episode requiring emergency room attention. He was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver caused by Hepatitis C and internal bleeding

Let me know if you need more details.

Regards to my brothers,

Gary Lee Smith

Kenneth Ken “Kenny” Warren Jr. ~ Class of 1967

Kenny Warren ~ Class of 1967

Departed ~ 7/17/2018

 

 

Ken Warren Tribute Video

Ken Warren, 70, of Katy Texas, passed away on July 17, 2018. He was born in Dallas, Texas on July 30, 1947 to Ken, Sr. and Juanita Warren. He was married to Joni Warren for 26 years. Ken had a career in sales for Milestone Distributors for over 30 years. He was a member of Willow Fork Country Club and had a passion for his family, golfing, and fishing. He was preceded in death by his father William Kenneth Warren, Sr. and his mother Juanita North Warren.

He is survived by his wife, Joni, son Kyle, of Katy, Texas, son Trey Warren and daughter-in-law Mara Voracher-Warren of St. Louis, MO, granddaughter Kathleen Warren and grandson Will Warren of St. Louis, MO and several nieces and nephews and many friends who he touched over the years.

Dr. Robert Lee “Chuttee” March ~ Class of 1967

Bob March ~ Class of 1967

Departed ~ 11/11/2018

Tribute Video

Dr. Robert Lee “Chuttee” March III

Bob (Chuttee) was born on April 12, 1949 in Urbana, Illinois to Robert Lee March, Jr. and Janet Louise Searles March. He passed away at home in Wheat Ridge, CO on Sunday, November 11, 2018 after several years of struggling with COPD. In 2006, he survived a battle with stage 4 throat cancer, and was acutely grateful for the life he enjoyed subsequent to that time.

Following, in his own words, is his obituary.

I am survived by my wife of 47 years, Christine “Sina” Seehausen March of Wheat Ridge, CO, daughter Emily of Denver, son Robert IV of Wuhan, China, sister Meredith (Jeff) McNamee of Payton, CO, brother Jonathon of Medford, Oregon. Brothers and sisters in law, Alice (Sato) Iwasa of Harvard, Mass, Sylvia (Joe) Szucs of Houston, TX, Alden (Mari Loria) Mudge of Berkley, CA, Richard (Ann Finneran) Seehausen of Hurleyville, NY, Mary (Jon) Bresler of Bow N.H., Jared Mudge of Ellenville, N.Y., Jill Mudge of Sarasota, FL. Nephews and nieces, Charles (Teri) McNamee, William (Andrea) McNamee, Megan March, Ben (Liz) Bresler, Sam Mudge, Liz (Grayson) Miller, Aron (Alissa) Szucs, Adam (Emily) Szucs, Gina (Glen) Reed, Nina Seehausen, Isabelle Mudge. Great nephews and great nieces, Ava, Ella, Noah, Esmie, Nolan, Andrew, Oliver and Forrest. Last but not least, the Marches of San Diego. I am blessed with many friends who greatly enriched my life.

I lived in the South Chicago/North Indiana area until age 7. At that time, my father, an accountant and tax specialist took a job as a consultant with Public Administration Services. This was a consulting firm that, through contracts under the auspices of the United States agency for International Development, provided technical assistance to foreign government services. This job would lead the family on a journey through the world to over 25 countries spanning the next 15 years. So, from age 7 to 18, I lived with my parents and my sister, Meredith in Burma (now called Myanmar) from 1956-1959, in Afghanistan from 1959-1962, and Thailand from 1963-1969. I attended British and International schools during those years and was a 1967 graduate of the International School of Bangkok (ISB). My younger brother, Jonathan, was born in 1961 while we were living in Afghanistan.

Leaving my family, who would stay in Thailand until 1969, I returned to the U.S. to attend Rockford College in Illinois. The time from 1967-1972 was a period of great personal, as well as global, disruption with the year 1968 being particularly difficult. Coming back to the United States in 1967, after being overseas for the majority of eleven years, was a very difficult personal adjustment. The course of my life and world events would converge to form a personal path in the summer 1968. It started with the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr on April 4, 1968. His death set off rifts and destruction in cities across the country. With this as a backdrop, I left the U.S. in the middle of May that year to return to Bangkok to visit my family over the summer. Returning to Bangkok was a real revelation as the Tet Offensive was in full swing. There were over 16,000 American deaths that year and was the deadliest of the Vietnam War. It was apparent in the year I had been away that the situation had changed for the worse. If that weren’t bad enough, news came that Robert F Kennedy had been assassinated on June 6, 1968. That hit me very hard because I had volunteered for his campaign in Indiana. He won that primary and gained momentum going into California. I was never involved in a political campaign again and maintained my unaffiliated status for the rest of my life. Later that summer, I left Bangkok with two friends to return to the U.S. via Europe. We went to Frankfurt, Germany to meet an old high school friend. While we were there, the Russians invaded Czechoslovakia on August 20, 1968. All military personnel were placed on high alert and I quickly left to return to the U.S. I went to Hammond, Indiana, where my maternal grandparents lived in preparation to return to Rockford College for my second year. That year, the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago from August 26 to August 29, 1968. There were riots and total chaos in the streets. I was not directly involved in the riots but those events deeply effected me. In early September, I returned to school for my sophomore year. At the end of the fall semester, I had failed out of school due to poor grades.

This was clearly the low point in my life. However, out of this wreckage came two events that would change my life for the better for the rest of my life. The first was the discovery of psychology as a course of study and a career. The second was meeting Christine “Sina” Seehausen and marrying on August 21, 1971.

After flunking out of Rockford College, I enrolled in a community college and got my grades up to the point to where I was able to return to Rockford College and finally graduate in 1972. I had changed my major from political science to psychology and got a job on a psychiatric unit as a psych technician at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. Working with the confusion in my own mind and working with other people in extreme states of mind and emotional trauma, I found I had an ability and a degree of comfort for working with people diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. I had never considered psychology as a field of study or a career prior to this time but found I had a passion and great curiosity for understanding human behavior and emotions. After earning my BA in psychology from Rockford College, I set out on a course of discovery and a career of 43 years in the field of community mental health. I subsequently earned my MA degree in mental health administration from National Graduate University in Washington D.C., and my doctorate in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. I worked in both private and public settings in Illinois, Washington D.C. and Colorado. While in Washington D.C., I interned at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, which is the first federally operated psychiatric institute in the country. I spent 38 years working in the Colorado mental health system, 5 years at Southwest Denver Community Mental Health Center and 33 years at the Mental Health Center of Boulder and Broomfield counties. I developed expertise working with clients and their families who suffered from severe and persistent mental illness. I also developed a group therapy program for men who were court mandated to treatment due to wife abuse. Over a period of 22 years, I came to believe that assaulting one’s significant other is the most insidious form of terrorism. To summarize my career in community mental health; I did what I loved to do with people, both staff and clients, whom I loved.

The second event that changed the course of my life was meeting and marrying a fellow classmate at Rockford College, Christine “Sina” Seehausen. We married on August 21, 1971 in her hometown of Oxford, N.Y. After our graduation in 1972, we moved to Colorado which would become our home for the next 41 years (with the exception of two years spent in Washington D.C.) Sina and I had two children, Emily and Robert IV. She was a fantastic mother in addition to having a 36-year career with the phone company. She started in the 1974 at Mountain Bell, through US West and on to Qwest. She survived all the corporate transitions and, as I like to say, “She went from the mailroom to the corporate suites” on the 50th floor of the Qwest building at 1801 California St., Denver. Sina earned degrees in fine arts and interior design and is a fantastic painter. She comes from a family of talented artisans, and upon her retirement from the corporate world, she has dedicated herself to her craft which has earned her recognitions and awards in the mountain west. As talented as she is, she is a better person. I am forever grateful for the love and dedication to family she displayed throughout her life. I can’t imagine what my life would have been without her and I am eternally grateful that she never gave up on me and cared for me to the very end.

It all starts with parents, and I had the best. Along with my beloved sister, Meredith, my brother, Jonathon, and my grandparents, I was blessed with great friendships and relationships throughout my life. Music was always important to me. I attended the Woodstock festival, and many other concerts, and enjoyed playing music with my friends. Sports were also an important part of my life. I was a multi sport athlete in high school and played college baseball for one year. Golf was a life long pursuit that I enjoyed. I followed all the major sports and was an avid Broncos, Rockies and Nuggets fan. I had a lifelong interest in International Relations Theory and American Foreign Policy and spent the last 5 years of my life attempting to write and gain a deeper understanding of the subject. I love Colorado and was grateful to have found a home after wandering the world in my youth. I leave with the knowledge that I fully explored the inner and outer world.

-Robert Lee March III, PsyD

1977 ~ ISB Class of ’67 ten year reunion -Beaver Lake, AR.