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•   A. Felix Meyer  2/22
•   Ronald Jessen  1/19
•   Susan Kerr (Chandler)  1/19
•   Liz Ruck (Ward)  1/6
•   Christina Swanson (Waters)  6/28
•   Lhammer Hammer  6/12
•   Thomas Austin  12/18
•   Jim Moore  9/2
•   Ronald Thorngren  8/9
•   Terry Campbell  8/19
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

3 live in Alabama
6 live in Arizona
18 live in California
9 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
7 live in Florida
1 lives in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
3 live in Illinois
8 live in Iowa
4 live in Kansas
1 lives in Maine
2 live in Maryland
3 live in Minnesota
4 live in Missouri
3 live in Montana
59 live in Nebraska
9 live in Nevada
1 lives in New Hampshire
1 lives in New Mexico
2 live in North Carolina
1 lives in Ohio
1 lives in Pennsylvania
2 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
3 live in Tennessee
16 live in Texas
1 lives in Vermont
2 live in Washington
1 lives in Wisconsin
1 lives in Mexico
45 location unknown


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Westside High School
Class Of 1961

Welcome to the Westside High Class of 1961 website! We hope you enjoy your stay here enough to make this a regular stop during your visits to the web.

We have a new jukebox at the bottom of the home page which links to the greatest hits of 1961 on a website called "The Nostalgia Machine." Play a song or create a playlist, then come back here to get in touch with some of your oldest friends or just enjoy a stroll down memory lane.



Celebrate 60?

Larry Hammer wrote a nice tribute to his friend Ron Davis which has occupied this space until now. I've moved it to the "In Memory" page. Ron's death, like the deaths of so many of our classmates in the 10 years since our last reunion, reminds us that the clock is ticking for us all...and getting louder all the time. Which brings us to the issue of reunions.

We've had a couple of inquiries about whether we're going to have a 60th reunion. Our little working group of 11  wants to turn the question around: do any other of our classmates want a reunion? You can help us decide by responding to the survey here. You can help us even more by sending an email response to Linda (Siert) Johnson at or use the contact us page of this website.

We'll be sending out an email within the next month asking the same question and we'd appreciate your help with that. The information we have is almost all about 10 years old. If you are currently in contact with a classmate, please send us his or her contact information so we can update our records.

—The (possible)Reunion Committee:

Roger Ball Tom Burton
Larry Hammer Gary Hannibal
Linda (Siert) Johnson Bill Kovar
Carol (Thomsen) McChesney

Larry McChesney

Dan Olson Bid Taylor
Ann (McDaniel) Stinson  




You must be logged in to submit this survey. Please use the login box in the upper right corner.

1)   Are you interested in attending a class reunion in Omaha in September or October 2021?

Yes No

Play the Old Song



We have pictures of the 50th!

You attended the 50th reunion, have lost track of the class photo you bought, but want to see how terrific you looked just 10 years ago. We're here to help you out! See yourself and your fellow reunion attendees as the 68- year old version of themselves here.


We also now have the snapshots taken during the 50th reunion weekend posted. If you were at the reunion, relive it; if you were'nt, enjoy it vicariously. And, while you're at it, have a look at the pix from the 40th reunion we just got around to posting.

Did you take pictures, too?  Let us know about them, and we'll get them up so everyone can have a look. 

Help!  Our needs are great!

We may be having a 60th reunion, so we'd really like you to join the website if you haven't already, and if you have joined, this would be a great time to update your profile!  The heart and soul of this website are the stories we have to tell of our lives since graduation.  

We still have about 90 (!) classmates we can't locate.  Please take a look at the Missing Classmates page and see if there's anyone you know on it.  If there is, please contact us with address, phone number, and/or email address.

Ed Reitan agreed to be an associate webmaster back in 2011. Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after our 50th reunion and we haven't replaced him. We need at least one person to volunteer to help out, at minimum to hold a spare set of keys to this car. Several volunteers would be even better.

 Though a rudimentary knowledge of HTML is helpful, it's definitely not necessary: the site interface makes adding and subtracting text, photos, graphics, music, and videos pretty simple. Ideal volunteers are those of you with ideas for things we can add to make this spot a happening place. Right now this poor website is stuck with someone with little interest in nostalgia and who really hates Facebook. If you have any interest at all, please get in touch.




When you look at the "Classmate Profiles" page, you will see we have some "guests" listed in addition to classmates. Guest privileges are granted by the site administrator to classmates' family members and friends and to fellow WHS alums who express a desire to be admitted to the site.  You will be able to identify in the guest's profile his or her relationship to the class of '61.


This will take you to the greatest hits of 1961. The "Nostalgia Machine" should open in a new browser tab. Pick a song or create a playlist, then come back here by clicking on the "Westside61" tab of your browser. The music should keep playing.