RIPON High School Class of 1965 (Wisconsin)

Last updated  06/29/2021 05:40 PM CT   new 56th Reunion & updated Motels

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RHS65 56th Reunion 

Friday Night September 10, 2021  Vines & Rushes
Saturday September 11, 2021  4:30 pm 
The Lodge Tuscumbia


Date:  Saturday September 11, 2021  (dress casual)
Place:  The Lodge at Tuscumbia Country Club          
             680 Illinois Ave.
             Green Lake, WI                                     (There will be valet parking service )

Time:  Cocktails:  4:30 P.M. (cash bar)
           Dinner:   6:00 P.M. 

Friday September 10th .............Friday evening there will be a casual “meet & greet” at Vines & Rushes Winery (north of Ripon on Cty Hwy E near Rush Lake) with live music. You can find information at   No charge for wine tasting.  Wine can be purchased by the glass & bottle.  Pizza, beer and non-alcoholic beverages are also be available for purchase. 

Saturday September 11th Activities......Golfing, contact Tuscumbia (800-294-3381) or Lawsonia (920-294-3320) to set a tee time. You can enjoy the last days of summer and hike, bike, boat and attend the Princeton Flea Market

We would ask you to complete and return the Registration Form that you recently received in the mail whether you are attending or not by August 1, 2021

Please go to our class website and our Facebook group often to keep up to date on the RHS Class of '65 news & activities, our reunions, and news of the Ripon area.

The reunion committee is looking forward to seeing you Sept 10 & 11, 2021.  The weekend won't be complete without you!  We want to see you!!  Your reunion committee....Joann (Smith) Strandell, Jean Stone-Pohlman, Judy(Braun) Dudzinski, Carol (Henshaw) Prellwitz, Nick Berg, John Holdorf and Duane Sauer.

Duane can be contacted at or 920-293-1161 (cell) if you have questions or concerns.

Duane Sauer

Motels in Ripon Area
Ridgewood Inn Motel  1055 W. Fond du Lac St,  Ripon 1-920-748-2253  small hotel
Boarders Inn & Suites
 (formerly AmericInn)  1219 W. Fond du Lac St,  Ripon   1-920-748-7578  1-888-693-8262
Welcome Inn & Suites  240 East Fond du Lac St,  Ripon  1-920-748-2821
Cobblestone Inn & Suites (formerly Comfort Inn & Suites)  2 Westgate Dr,  Ripon  1-920-748-5500
Mapes Hotel  300 Watson St,  Ripon,  1-844-940-0940  4-star
Dartford Inn
 Green Lake  1-833-304-1308
Heidel House Hotel  653 Illinois Ave,  Green Lake  54941  1-920-807-0300

Motels updated 6/29/21

RHS65 55th Reunion  Postponed

Important News  8/12/2020

Reunion for the RHS Class of 1965 has been postponed.....

 The concerns of the covid -19 virus has made it very difficult for us to move forward with our 55th reunion plans. Everyone's safety and health is our first priority.  Therefore, this morning (8/12/2020) the RHS Class of 1965 reunion committee met and decided to postpone our 55th class reunion on September 12, 2020.  It was the opinion of all the members of the committee to take this action.  

 Those members of the class that sent a check for the reunion, your check will be returned to you shortly. 

A tentative reunion date of Saturday September 11, 2021, has been booked with The Lodge at Tuscumbia, Green Lake, WI.  We are hoping and praying that our lives will be back to normal by then!  The date is subject to change if the virus would continue to be a factor.

 We look forward to seeing you in the future,

Your reunion committee 

PS....An additional thought, on Friday September 11, 2020 Vines and Rushes Winery, Ripon, WI will have music outside (weather permitting) from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.  For class members in the area it would be an opportunity to meet and we could distance socialize.  No commitment needed for this event.

See pictures on our Facebook group

RHS 65 - 70th Birthday Celebration

RHS 65 - 70th Birthday Celebration **Saturday August 12th 2017**  Updated 6/26/2017
 Holy $#!+ Look Who's 70 (or will be shortly)!
"The members of RHS Class of 1965"
You and your spouse or guest are invited and encouraged to attend our 70th Birthday Party. This will be a casual event to socialize and catch up with members of the class while toasting a milestone in our lives.

When:  Saturday, August 12th, 2017  2:00 - 5:00 PM

Where:  Vines & Rushes Winery, 410 County Road E, Ripon, WI 54971
Please view Vines and Rushes website ( ) and their FaceBook page for information on the winery.  On August 12th they will be holding a customer appreciation day with beverages, food and music.  We can enjoy wine tasting, sip a glass of your choice of V & R wine, Sprecher's root beer or Ripon's Knuth craft beer on bar.  They will be offering wood fired pizza also. 

Last year Vines & Rushes built a 4,000 sq ft Event Room addition onto the winery to accommodate special events.
 Now for the music, they will have Copper Box (an Oshkosh based band) providing music that you will find to be toe tapping enjoyable!  Copper Box has a website ( ) and a FaceBook sure to check them out!
 Let your classmates know you will be coming to our Birthday Party by clicking "going" on the 70th Birthday Event on our RHS65 FaceBook Group
If you have any questions please contact Duane at or by phone at 920-293-1161.  Hope to see you August 12th,
Your Reunion Committee....Jean, Joann, Judy, John, Nick & Duane
PS.  ...Friday Night 8/11/17, Vic Ferrari Band will perform from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Village Green in Ripon in the Ripon Summer Concerts.
Saturday Night 8/12/17  The Del Rays Band will perform 50' & 60's music at Silvercryst in Wautoma, WI from 8:00 PM to Midnight.
 Staying in Ripon Saturday Night? ... Plan with your Classmates to meet at  Road House Pizza, Knuth Brewing Co, or J's BBQ (formerly Brat Hut !!) OR ask Joann where to meet.

GREAT 50th Year REUNION 2015

Based on what I saw, all of you who were able to attend had a very fun time!

There are many pictures and some videos already on our class Facebook Closed Group and more could be added, upload yours.

You'll have more interactive fun with classmates by using our Facebook Closed Group.  NB


50th Reunion & Homecoming - Fall 2015

2015 Homecoming Parade Float
Friday October 2nd  3:30 pm

The homecoming parade will line up at 3:30 PM on Ransom St.  Meet at the corner of Ransom & Seward St (behind Ripon Drug).  The parade starts at 4:00 PM.  Wayne Albright (Patti's Husband) will have the tractor & wagon there for us.  Feel free to wear your orange & black.  Bring pom poms and signs.  It would be sweet to fill the wagon !!!

After the parade there is a "Tailgate Party" at the Village Green (across intersection from Miller's).  There will be food & beverages.

Also, when I spoke with Randy Hatlen & Bill Kinzinger (principal & vice principal at RHS) they said they would have complimentary tickets for the football game for members of our class.  Ripon plays Waupun at 7:00 PM. 

Let's show our school spirit and cheer on the Tigers!

Duane Sauer   920-293-1161 Cell

  Float !!

Class of 1965 Reunion - 50

The Main Event........Saturday, September 12, 2015


Place:    The Lodge at Tuscumbia Country Club

680 Illinois Ave.  Green Lake, WI

( Use the valet parking service )


Time: Cocktails: 5:30 P.M. (cash bar)

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Friday, September 11th    Join us for Fun filled Activities

Wine Tasting from 2:00P.M. to 4:00P.M. at Vines & Rushes Winery
(north of Ripon on Cty Hwy E  4 miles near Rush Lake - Eureka St becomes Cty E)
You can find information @
No charge for wine tasting and snacks.
If you like, wine can be purchased by the glass or bottle.
Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available to purchase.


Tour of Ripon High School at 5:00 P.M.

For anyone desiring to take a nostalgic tour,

meet at the front door.


“Meet & Greet” at Miller’s Tavern, beginning at 7:00 P.M

for a great evening of catching up and reminiscing.   Food / Cash bar.

Other good Nearby restaurants before or after Miller's are:

 Gallaghers, RoadHouse Pizza and Knuth Brewing (formerly Fat Bruces)

Saturday, September 12th Activities before the Reunion ......
Make your Saturday plans with Classmates during Friday's activities

Golf at Tuscumbia
Golf rate will be $35.00 person for 18 holes & a cart.
Contact Tuscumbia 920-294-3381 to set your tee time.

Enjoy the last days of summer and hike, bike, boat
Heidel House boat will be doing tours on Green Lake,
Princeton Flea Market,
Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff in Green Lake
(there's food, beverages and music).


Sunday, September 13th Packer/Bear game at noon
We are planning to watch the Packer/Bear game at Langford's Pub on The Golf Courses of Lawsonia,

W2615 South Valley View Drive, Green Lake (920-294-3805).  
They have large screen TV's, food, beverages and a beautiful setting.  

Wear your Green & Gold and enjoy the game with us.  

Cheering on a Packer victory would be a great way to wrap up the weekend.


Please complete and return the enclosed Registration Form
whether you are attending or not.

2015 50th Reunion Letter and Registration Form PDF

Click the line above to View, Print, or Download the Letter/Form
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If you know classmates without internet access email their USPS mail address or phone number to

Reunion Information Letter and Registration Form have been mailed. 

Contact Duane Sauer  if you didn't receive a copy.

Duane Reunion Update
 from Facebook post 19 February 2015
"While working on the mailing list for the class reunion, I've had the pleasure of talking to Cynthia Ashley in Oakland, CA, Vicky McLaren Annapolis MD, Judy Stubenvoll Sun Prairie, Wi, Louis & Kate (Turner) Prellwitz Sun City West, AZ and a long lost classmate Richard Meenk in Gilbert, AZ. Richard's family moved to AZ in 1959 (right after he completed 7th grade). I can't tell how enjoyable it is to chat with these people.....I'm glad I have unlimited calling!!!!"
Update from Duane 30 Aug 2015
RHS65 50th Class Reunion weekend is only 2 weeks away !!!!!
Your reunion committee has timelines to meet by Sept. 4, 2015 to coordinate and accommodate the planned activities for Friday and Saturday.  If you will be attending any of the activities Sept. 11th & 12th and have not sent in your response form, please contact Duane Sauer (by phone @ 920-293-1161 or by email ) today! 

It's never too late to be part of the activities!!!!   We have over 100 attending the Saturday night reunion dinner!

On Sunday Sept. 13th, we are planning to watch the Packer/Bear game at Langford's Pub on The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, W2615 South Valley View Drive, Green Lake (920-294-3805).  They have large screen TV's, food, beverages and a beautiful setting.  Wear your Green & Gold and enjoy the game with us.  Cheering on a Packer victory would be a great way to wrap up the weekend.


  click on Classmate Email List - CONTACT DUANE OR NICK IF YOU NEED AN EMAIL CHECK 7/1/2020
   Classmate Email List (124)   5/24/16 no longer updated online
Latest Updates: 
Victor Luther, Cynthia Ashley, Jerry Wheaton, Dale Vollbrecht Suggs, Dolores Mills Dupont, Sharon Buchholz Poblitz, Tim Stellmacher, Ron Kromm, Susan MacDonald Wallschlaeger, Daryl Bly, Barb Liddle Parks, Richard Voeltner, Alan Stellmacher, Karen Smoody Mikelson, Roger Puls, Terry Otto, John Miller, Michael Luedke, Sharon (Hansen) Youell/Daubet, Richard Meenk, Darlene Zabrowski Manfred,  Patricia Warren, Tom Troester, Mary Sundeen Bergstrom, Judy Stubenvoll Strom, Thomas Soda, John Sina, Susan Simonis, Gail Pinkham Nelson, Donna Oakes Morgan, Dick Neitzke, Mary Jo Negus, Nancy Miller Mucks, LeRoy Miller, Vicki McLaren Shea, Gary Lunzman, Edith Kohnke, Martin Kehrein, Carol Henshaw Prellwitz, Barbara Gustavus Sanchez, James Daehn, Richard Hilke, Mary Boese Zink, Bonnie Berndt Japuntich, Bruce Beier, Cynthia Ashley, Pete Fashun, George Gomoll, Dave Washkoviak

Join "RIPON High School Class of 1965 (Wisconsin)" group on FACEBOOK

68 classmates &
a few "RHS65 honorary class members" are part of our RHS65 Facebook Closed Group as of June 2020
See Reunion Pictures in our FACEBOOK group's Photos Section

Do you use twitter?  Follow:  @RiponHigh1965

Other Web Page links for you to check are near the end of this page


EMAIL Address updates needed for:  --->   ---->

Check your info against the email list.  Then please send your updates to Nick or Duane Thanks !



  • Pam Olson Voelker
  • Jerry Smith  (need confirmation of address)

Updated email addresses needed for:
Tom Welk 
Roberta Schuyler Klawitter
Rick Voeltner

Send Duane your classmate's mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses 
(if you don't see it on the classmate email list).

Motels in Ripon Area
Ridgewood Inn Motel  1055 W. Fond du Lac St, Ripon 1-920-748-2253  small hotel
Boarders Inn & Suites
(formerly AmericInn)  1219 W. Fond du Lac St, Ripon   1-920-748-7578  1-888-693-8262
 Welcome Inn & Suites  240 East Fond du Lac St, Ripon  1-920-748-2821
Cobblestone Inn & Suites (formerly Comfort Inn & Suites)  2 Westgate Dr,  Ripon  1-920-748-5500
Mapes Hotel  300 Watson St, Ripon  1-844-940-0940  4-star
Dartford Inn
 Green Lake  1-833-304-1308
Heidel House Hotel  653 Illinois Ave, Green Lake  54941  1-920-807-0300

Motels updated 6/29/21

65th Birthday Party Pictures
September 29th, 2012
(more pictures on our Facebook Group page

Party Cake

Sandra Dee, Judy, Joann, Carol, Jennel, Pat, Nancy, Judy

Ron, Victor, Phil, Duane, John, Dick, John, Nick, Bob

WE ARE 65.....
65th Birthday Party Saturday afternoon September 29th, 2012
Alibi's Dining & Spirits, 1300 W. Fond du Lac St., Ripon, WI.
Time: 1:30PM to 4:30PM.

All 1965 Ripon High School Classmates, you, and your spouse or guest are invited to attend a 65th Birthday Party Saturday afternoon September 29th, 2012. The gathering will be at Alibi's Dining & Spirits, 1300 W. Fond du Lac St., Ripon, WI. Time: 1:30PM to 4:30PM.  Cash bar.

This will be a casual event to socialize, catch up with classmates and celebrate a milestone in our lives. Your Medicare Care Card will need to be shown to attend!!! (Not!!!)

Checkout Alibi's website at for information on beverages, lunch and/or dinner.  Hope to see you, the party won't be complete without you!

Please take a moment to let me know via email or via the Event on Facebook if you will be able to attend.
Thanks,  Duane
The 2015 50th Reunion Committee - September 12, 2015

  • More pictures are in our class Facebook Group page in the photos section
    Right click on above link, open new window, log into facebook

    Our 45th Reunion

    Saturday July 10th
    2010 at CJs
    Golf at Tuscumbia 9 July 2010
    See Reunion Pictures in our FACEBOOK group's Photos Section
    2010 Reunion Letter and Form for reading/printing in:    MS WORD doc  or  PDF

    2005 Pictures (includes the Reunion)

    Homecoming Parade 2005 - Class of 1965 'Float'

    Marchers JoAnn and Karen spot classmate spectators across from the huge crowd of 6 lining Watson Street !

    July 2005 40 Year Reunion

    Our thanks to the Committee - GREAT JOB

    Remember the BATTLE of the BANDS - Valentines Dance 1965
    To See the Throbs vs. the Classics  <--- click here

    CLASSMATE NEWS       03/30/09
    Have any news you want to share with classmates? 
     Send it to Nick Berg or Duane


    August 2010:  2 Storefronts wide, 2 Stories, 2 Bars, expanded seating
    The newly renovated Roadhouse Pizza features 2 outdoor dining areas.

    Check out
    Read Highlights from the Ripon Commonwealth Press newspaper and see other information about Ripon and the Ripon area.

    Ripon Flood June 2008

    In Remembrance (Click on name to read the Obituary)
    John F. "Jack" Schuler  age 61, died on Thursday, September 11, 2008

    Gene A. Downs, age 61, of Ripon, died on Tuesday, March 03, 2009
    Bruce W. Smith age 62, of Arkdale, WI died Friday, October 23, 2009
    John H. “Captain Jack” Sitter, 84, of Oshkosh, died Monday Feb. 1, 2010
    Jean A. Berger, age 63, of Fond du Lac, died Sunday November 07, 2010
    Hubert Rohde, age 84, of Ripon, died Tuesday January 11, 2010
    Susanne Konow, age 64 of Ripon, died Friday, January 13, 2012
    Harold C. Krueger Jr, age 82, of Ripon, died on Friday, March 16, 2012
    Diane Prellwitz Stephens, age 65 of San Antonio died on Sunday, August 5, 2012
    James L. Kohnke, age 66, of Fond du Lac died on Thursday, October 25, 2012
    Mary Sherman, age 66, of Fond du Lac died on Monday, December 9, 2013
    Mary Ellen Romlow-Buhrow, age 67, of Ripon, died on Sunday, January 11, 2015
    Jayne Ninneman Bumby, age 68, of Marana, AZ, died on Friday, February 20, 2015
    Richard William Kuhs, age 69, of CA, died on Friday, March 19, 2016
    Bonita “Bonnie” Lee Briese Turney, age 70, of Ripon, WI, died on Monday, October 30, 2017
    Gaya Jean Pollesch, age 70, died on Thursday, January 4, 2018
    James "Sparky" Edward Miller Jr, age 71, of Ripon, WI died on Wednesday July 3,2019
    James Walter Splittgabber,
    age 73, of Princeton, WI, died on Saturday, May 30 2020
    Edward Wells "Eddie" Bumby, age 73, died on Saturday, June 20, 2020

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    In Remembrance"
    Thirty members of the RHS Class of 1965 have passed away.
    We miss them deeply, but feel blessed to have been touched by their lives.
    The spirits and memories of the following individuals live on in all of us:

    Norman C. Asmus 
    Linda Berry 
    Gerald Berndt 
    Cathy Blodgett Smith 
    Bill Condon 
    Hera Goodrich
    Pat Gozinski
    Cheryl Haima Doering
    Velma Morgan Zeatlow

    (No Obituaries Available)

    Barbara Retzlaff 
    Steve Rewey 
    Sue Schuchman Feathers
    Michael Steinberg
    Darlene Stollfus Hoyt
    Kathy Young Bly

    (No Obituaries Available)

    Jack Schuler
    Gene Downs
    Bruce W. Smith
    Jean A. Berger
    Susanne Konow
    Diane Prellwitz Stephens
    Jim Kohnke
    Mary Sherman Kearl
    Mary Ellen Brotske Romlow-Buhrow
    Jayne Ninneman Bumby
    Richard William Kuhs
    Bonita “Bonnie” Lee Briese Turney
    Gaya Jean Pollesch
    James Walter Splittgabber
    Edward Wells "Eddie" Bumby

    (Click name for Obituaries)

    Our Teachers
    John H. “Captain Jack” Sitter
    Hubert Rohde

    Harold C. Krueger Jr

    (Click name for Obituaries)

    Original List by Marial 7/6/05 Updated Aug 2020
    "In Remembrance" by Class of 1973



    Click to see the pictures 

    Sandi (Zimmerman) Coleman now living in Australia visited Ripon

    January 21, 2005     @   Miller's Tavern

    Past Reunions
    Click here to see Pictures from our 35 year Reunion July 2000
     2005 Reunion Pictures

    Who attended the 2005 reunion -  57

    DO YOU REMEMBER ?  (click here) 5/3/05

    Web Pages for you to check:

      Ripon Commonwealth Press 

      Ripon Schools   
      Ripon High Class of 1973  
      Ripon in 1962 ! 
      Someone driving around Ripon in 2006

      Ripon Chamber of Commerce (for lodging and dining info) 
      Historic Downtown Ripon (excellent web page about Ripon)  

      Ripon Radio

      Green Lake Chamber of Commerce    

      Wisconsin Media web pages  (not much for free but interesting associated message board)


    TIGERS DEFEAT West Salem to WIN the
    2005 Division 4 State Football Championship

    Ripon JR. High 8th Grade Class 1961  (70KB)  (714KB)