Jack, John H.

 John Houston Jack
January 02, 1942 – January 26, 2018

Funeral service for John Jack, 76 of Enid, will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan Barrick officiating. Burial will follow in Hawley Cemetery under the direction of Anderson-Burris Funeral Home & Crematory.
John was born on January 2, 1942 in Enid to Allen and Ruth (Frazier) Jack and passed away on January 26, 2018 in Enid.
John grew up in Enid and graduated from Enid High School. In 1961 he started working at Vance Air Force Base as a computer operator. John retired after working there for 49 years. He was also a licensed plumber and worked for his father-in-law. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of Lodge #80, and Jack loved traveling and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Warren Jack II.
John is survived by his companion, Kay Hendricks; son, Warren Jack and wife, Gretchen, and their daughter, Heather Steele and husband Tyler; son, John Jack Jr. and his sons, Adam and Randy Jack; three step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and sister, Jo Ann Whitlock and husband Jim.

 

 

Mitten, Ralph

Mitten_Ralph US Army, 1959-resize-70   Ralph Mitten           Mitten-R&R 2012-30resize

I did not get to walk and receive my graduation certificate like normal people; instead, I enlisted in the Army. I did, however, receive my HS equivalent (GED) certificate while in the Army.

After receiving an honorable discharge (that may surprise a couple of you), I returned to Enid, OK. I was working at George E. Failing Co. on East Main when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. That is where I met Rosalie Dowe. She was George Doremus’s secretary. I asked her out on a dare from the guys in the shop, and we married a year later in 1965. Poor girl; I drug her all over the world and she has stuck with me through it all.

I became a pilot in 1968, and a commercial pilot/flight instructor in 1969. In 1970, I went to work for the Frisco Railroad, as a track hand. Six months later, I was enrolled in the Apprentice Engineer program. Eventually, Ben Haines and I took our written test to be a locomotive engineer. The examiner sat at the same table with us and didn’t even close the door when he went to the bathroom. The exam took two days. Later, I learned that Ben and I had made the highest scores ever recorded on the Frisco RR. (proud moment). An interesting tidbit – I worked with Beverly Gearheard’s daddy for 16 years on the Frisco/ Burlington Northern RR before leaving in 1986. I went back into the aviation field full time.

The last two years on the RR, I went to school and took the required tests to become an aircraft mechanic. Three years later, I took the exam to become an aircraft inspector. I have maintained both licenses to date. From 1986 to 1990, I trained and received my Airline Transport pilot license. I also received both Single Engine and Multi-engine, Land and Sea license.

From 1990 to 1992, we went to the South Pacific and served with Pacific Missionary Aviation as a life line to the outer island people. I carried missionaries to the outer Islands, did air medicine drops, sea search and rescue, and medical evacuations. I can honestly say that the Lord allowed me to serve Him in a much-needed ministry.

In 1992, we returned to the US, and I went to work for Groendyke Transport as a company pilot and aircraft mechanic. While there, I flew many missions for the company in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Sometimes, I flew alone, and sometimes, as captain or co-pilot with Mel Shipley, in the company Turbo-prop and Jet airplanes.

In 2000, I went to work at Flight Safety, International (training pilots in jets) in Wichita, Kansas. I retired in 2008 (65 years old) and Rosalie and I moved back to Enid. We have lived at Golden Oaks Retirement village since then. My final achievement, while in Wichita, was to fly a Citation CE680 Sovereign Jet from Wichita, KS to London, England. I crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of the night at 45,000 feet.

I did, however, become very bored after retirement; and eight months later, I went to work for Aircraft Structures, International, at Woodring Airport  (Mickey and Kay Stowers), where I worked six more years.

Rosalie and I have been blessed with fifty wonderful years together. We have two children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. We have been members of Emmanuel, Enid since 1980, where Dennis Luckinbill is the leader of my community group.

Reunion – People Planning to Attend- DELAYED TIL 2021

As of October 15, 2020 no date has been set for the EHS Class 60 60th reunion — Jovita, Sharon or Joyce will keep you advised via e-mail when we start the planning process again!

 

This is a list of class members & guest who indicated they plan to attend the Class Reunion in 2021 .  DELAYED because of COVID-19

Possible Attendee listing as of  —February 12, 2020:

(# means accompanied by spouse/guest).

(1959) indicates Class if in other than Class 60 .

NOTE: IF YOU want an updated EHS Class 1960 roster contact:

Sharon (Erickson) Faulkner

 

Arnold, Brian #

Blanton, Pat

Bugg, Buddy

(Carroll) Potter, Linda #

Chodrick, Vernon

Dowd, Sandy

(Erickson) Faulkner, Sharon #

Luckinbill, Dennis #

Mitten, Ralph #

(Provost) Peak, Connie

(Traynor) Lang, Jovita

(Upton) Hager, Millie #

(Watkins) Misner, Joyce #

(Webb) Harrison, Kay

(Wolfinger) Bellatti, Barbara #

Young, Gary #