Jones, Gordon

 


From Gordon Jones     Our race car driver.

3/30/2017     I will be on the road tomorrow heading for Thunderhill.   This will be the first race for me this year. 

4/3/2017       The race weekend went fairly well.  On Saturday I Qualified in first place but a wanker move in the race resulted in a second place.  On the cool off lap the differential broke.  My crewman, Joe Crisione and I changed out the differential and put a little more camber in the rear suspension.  Sunday I qualified on the pole and won the race.  We left the track @ 6:00 PM and I arrived home @ 02:30 AM.
                       Now to prepare for the Majors race in May.

4/11/2017                


Darlene Korop
Class of Springfield "63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

Darlene Korop Linke passed away in the early morning of March 12, 2017, at her home in Stanwood, WA.  She was born May  19, 1945.    A private family gathering will be held.   

 
After graduating from Springfield High, Darlene attended Seattle Pacific College  for a year. She was a JV cheerleader and worked in the athletic department for the basketball coach. That's where she met her first husband, Bill Kohlwes, a baseball coach with whom she had a daughter, Karmen,  and two sons, Jeff and Eddie.    
 
They built a home, barn and a “Grizzly Adams” cabin on five acres in the Alderwood Manor area of Lynnwood.  They also built custom-deluxe homes during the “good building times.” 
 
The children were able to grow up with horses,  cattle and pigs.  They had  geese and ducks in an 18 foot pond and a blue heron crane that came daily to fish out the frogs.. Coyotes passed in back of the property, along with deer and one small bear. 
 
During this time Darlene canned hundreds of jars of vegetables and fruit every summer from her father-in-law’s garden.  Every five days she made five loaves of bread, two pans of gooey cinnamon rolls and two pies.  Besides her three young children, she took care of 10 kids for 10 years.   They needed a “farm” before and after school. 
 
During this time, Darlene gave Vintage Fashion Shows for charities:   churches, golf clubs, hospital dinners and car clubs. She became President of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, the Seattle Section for three terms, the club’s longest term president to date.   She then became Director-at-Large for a few years.  She also was the first woman to be on the 2000-2003 Board of Directors for the Pacific NW Region, Classic Car Club of America.  
 
 Darlene helped as a teacher-assistant with learning disabled kids in grade, junior high and high school in the Mukilteo School District and started the Mariner H.S. “supervision room” for kids that were kicked out of their classes and school.  She then volunteered about seven months with 10 mentally disabled  children while their official school was being built.  Darlene wrote:  "We sang and danced and I converted the entire room with nine foot murals of trees and animals and every ugly ol’ school light had large blue birds so that their bodies and wings “flew” with the forced air heat.   The kids loved it!  They taught me."  
 
Darlene began to represent major fragrance houses at Nordstrom and later at Macy stores.  After 26 years, she quit Jan. 4, 2005, the day her younger son (then 37) had open heart surgery. 
 
Darlene's husband, Bill, died in 1989.   She was single for several years  before marrying Siegfried Linke.  He was trained in Stuttgart at  in the Mercedes-Benz Factory.  He was a M-B Judge at Pebble Beach for many years and also judged at the Concours in Ludwigsburg’s Castle in Germany and other car shows.   Darlene and Siegfried were members of the MB 300 SL Gullwing group in the USA and Germany.  Besides Germany, they traveled to car events in Italy, Australia and England.
 
For four years, Darlene cared for her elderly mother who had  severe Alzheimer’s.  Each day, Darlene said,  was a challenge.  Her mom died shortly after our 50th high school reunion.   
 
Darlene is survived by her husband, Siegfried, daughter Karmen and sons Jeff and Eddie, five grandchildren, her sister Evelyn and her aunt Ruth.    Arrangements were by Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home in Marysville, WA. 
 
The last note Darlene wrote to her classmates was:  " Take care of yourselves!  Keep Healthy!   
Love 2 U!   Darlene Korop Linke"
 


Siegfried (husband), Darlene's mom, Darlene with Foxy and son, Jeff.

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     Donald Fairchild
      (1943 - 2017)  
  Springfield Class of '62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Donald LeRoy Fairchild passed away peacefully on March 11, 2017 from the effects of myelodysplasia, with loved ones at his side. He was born April 17, 1943 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho to Edward and LaRelle Fairchild and lived a life full of adventure, travel, great friendships, and fun.

Don's adventurous spirit was apparent at a young age, for soon the family would travel to Oregon with the U.S. Corps of Engineers working on dam construction in the Willamette Valley. At age 16 he lied about his age and landed a job digging the diversion tunnel for Cougar Dam. He also was tasked with scaling the newly blasted walls to dislodge loose rocks. The work was profitable and enabled him to get a turquoise 1953 Chevy, fueling his lifetime love of fast cars.

Don graduated from Springfield High School in 1962. After high school, he worked as a cement contractor for a few years before starting his own concrete company with his brother Ed. Later, he turned his focus to specialized epoxy repair and refinishing, becoming a leading contractor in the Pacific Northwest. Well respected, his expertise in epoxy injections took him all over the country for consultation and repairs on dams, bridges, tunnels and reservoirs.

During his life Don was never without a sports car or a vintage classic. In the early years he had the '53 Chevy, then a GTO. Next was an Austin Healy, and then an MGB. It was his next car though, a 1956 Corvette with electric windows, that kindled a lifelong love of what became his signature sports car. Don owned several Corvettes throughout his life, and loved to show them at rallies, parades and especially in Reno at Hot August Nights.  

Don had a real passion for the outdoors, with a love of crabbing, ocean fishing, the high lakes, drifting the river, hunting, camping, gardening, and trips to the Oregon Coast. He also took great joy in preparing his specialties, such as bananas flambé, oysters, baked beans, and corned beef, as well as experimenting with new dishes. Don loved trips to Reno and Las Vegas, attending his favorite shows and making sure to hit the best buffets. Gambling wasn't a priority on his trips to Nevada, but he had uncanny good luck at Keno and was very skilled at Cribbage.

Don cherished his family and always felt fortunate to have his children and grandchildren close. He is survived by two daughters from his first marriage to Roberta Kocer; Lee Ann Waldahl of Springfield and Maren Serafin of Fall Creek, his brother Ed Fairchild, and four grandchildren; Collin, Ryan, Henrik and Ellawynn. Don is also survived by many lifelong friends that were like family to him. He married Elena Platt in 1988, who preceded him in death in 2000.  

When reminiscing, Don would say, "Looking back, wasn't that fun?" His family is planning a Celebration of Life at a later date, with food, drinks, music, and stories befitting a man that always lived his life to the fullest, with his foot on the gas.

Many thanks to the team of caring professionals that helped make Don comfortable during his time in hospice.


Donald LeRoy Fairchild passed away peacefully on March 11, 2017 from the effects of myelodysplasia, with loved ones at his side. He was born April 17, 1943 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho to Edward and LaRelle Fairchild and lived a life full of adventure, travel, great friendships, and fun.

Don's adventurous spirit was apparent at a young age, for soon the family would travel to Oregon with the U.S. Corps of Engineers working on dam construction in the Willamette Valley. At age 16 he lied about his age and landed a job digging the diversion tunnel for Cougar Dam. He also was tasked with scaling the newly blasted walls to dislodge loose rocks. The work was profitable and enabled him to get a turquoise 1953 Chevy, fueling his lifetime love of fast cars.

Don graduated from Springfield High School in 1962. After high school, he worked as a cement contractor for a few years before starting his own concrete company with his brother Ed. Later, he turned his focus to specialized epoxy repair and refinishing, becoming a leading contractor in the Pacific Northwest. Well respected, his expertise in epoxy injections took him all over the country for consultation and repairs on dams, bridges, tunnels and reservoirs.

During his life Don was never without a sports car or a vintage classic. In the early years he had the '53 Chevy, then a GTO. Next was an Austin Healy, and then an MGB. It was his next car though, a 1956 Corvette with electric windows, that kindled a lifelong love of what became his signature sports car. Don owned several Corvettes throughout his life, and loved to show them at rallies, parades and especially in Reno at Hot August Nights. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/registerguard/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=184653995#sthash.FImjYNKM.dpuf

Donald LeRoy Fairchild passed away peacefully on March 11, 2017 from the effects of myelodysplasia, with loved ones at his side. He was born April 17, 1943 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho to Edward and LaRelle Fairchild and lived a life full of adventure, travel, great friendships, and fun.

Don's adventurous spirit was apparent at a young age, for soon the family would travel to Oregon with the U.S. Corps of Engineers working on dam construction in the Willamette Valley. At age 16 he lied about his age and landed a job digging the diversion tunnel for Cougar Dam. He also was tasked with scaling the newly blasted walls to dislodge loose rocks. The work was profitable and enabled him to get a turquoise 1953 Chevy, fueling his lifetime love of fast cars. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/registerguard/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=184653995#sthash.FImjYNKM.dpuf

3/23/17                           
          

 


Carol Trenholm Larson

 

 

 

 

 

 



Calvin AlbertMontgomery
January 21, 1927 -February 25, 2017
Calvin passed away peacefully of age-related causes. His children were honored to be by his side. We had recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a great party of family and friends.

He was the youngest (and last surviving) of eleven children who grew up during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. His mother died when he was 13, so he and his father came out to Oregon via California. He did some farming, but spent most of his career in the plywood industry. He was also proud of his military service during WWII. Cal married Jo Dean Sells and they had three children: Sandra Rowell, Della Swift, and Mark Montgomery. They lived in a home he built himself in Harrisburg. He ended up living in that home for some 70 years. When that marriage ended, he married Ruth Trenholm and happily added 4 more children to the family: Carol Larson, Ruddy Trenholm (now deceased), Terry Trenholm, and Charlotte Young. Dad and Ruth were blessed with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even some great-greats. Many happy times were spent camping in the motor home with one batch of kids or another. Dad taught us some important things: to work hard at any job you could get, to be honest, and to live by the Golden Rule. He recently said, "I'm glad I had so many kids - I feel sorry for people who don't have any. You were all pretty good kids too. Didn't get in too much trouble and never went to jail." Well, that was partly because he and Ruth were the example we had to live by. After Ruth passed away in 2012, Cal married Marilynn Vaughan. She is very sad that they didn't have more time together.

1/20/17                                     

 

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