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Monday, March 7, 2016

On Friday, March 4th, 2016 our dad, Robert H. Pflanz passed away. It was on his own terms, peacefully and at home.  KCHospice was a support and provided comfort for him and the family in his last days. He will be missed. He was much loved.

This is our dad's obit. He wrote this years ago and all the words are his:

Robert H. Pflanz
November 24, 1941 - March 4, 2016
These are Bob's final words.
Goodbye, it's been great to know you. I've had a great life and now it's time for me to go on to the next great adventure. Thanks for the memories.

All my life I considered myself lucky. I've had wonderful parents, loving sisters, brothers-in-law, brother and sister-in-law, great daughters and sons-in-law, grandson and loving cousins and friends. You all made my life a treasure to live and enjoy.  Looking back, I have had very little to complain about.  I enjoyed learning my whole life.  I had a very good job with a great group of fellow employees.  My whole family was always very supportive.  I had the adventures that I desired and I leave this world with no regrets.  Hopefully when people think of me they will smile - that's all I ask.

I loved you all and you made my life very pleasant.  Thanks.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille E. Pflanz, and his father, Henry R. Pflanz.  He leaves behind his sisters, Janice E. Mackey and Carole A. Jennings, and his brother, James L. Pflanz, his daughters, Deborah J. Pflanz and Elizabeth A. White and his grandson, Zachary R. White.
He attended Paseo high School, Kansas City Junior College, Kansas City University where he was an honor student.  He was an Eagle Scout.  He was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.  He worked for Builders Steel Company for over 40 years as a draftsman, estimator and project manager.  He had a good life.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015.....Any news?

Does anyone have any news, good or bad, about any of our classmates?

I haven't heard from many of our friends since our 55th anniversary reunion.  I have heard from Joyce (Gunderson) Dillenberger who now lives in Bellingham, Washington.  She and her husband, Doug have been married 49 years and are both still self employed.  They love the weather, the mountains, the forests, the wildlife of the northwest and, like the rest of us, are dealing with the ailments of age.

I am still surviving, with the miracle of home dialysis, and enjoying retirement.  Every Monday I remind myself that I don't have to fight the rush hour traffic going to work.  I sit back and have a second cup of coffee and smile.  It's especially comforting on a snowy, blustery Winter's day.

Send any information you have about classmates to my email address and I will post it on this site.  We all remember our high school days and enjoy finding out how our long lost friends are doing. 

Bob Pflanz

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 18, 2015....It's been a while

2014 is now history.  It was a rough year for some of us.  It was the final year for some of us.  The rest of us keep on going and remember those who have left us.  If any of you know of fellow classmates who have passed away, please let the rest of us know.

Ed Rowe died this past year.  Cathy Heine died just before Christmas.

They, and other classmates, will be remembered and missed by us survivors.

Stay in touch.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014...It's Monday and you don't have to work!

Remember the good old days?  You had to drag yourself out of bed on a Monday morning and go out and fight the rush hour traffic and then try to reorganize after a weekend of fun and frolic and housework.

Well, now that you're retired, you don't have to do that anymore.  Enjoy the peace and quiet of the day.  Listen to the news and hear about the snarls on the freeway and snicker.  Watch the snow beautifully fall gently, clogging the streets, snicker some more.  Have a second cup of coffee and relax.

This is just a gentle reminder - in case you forgot about MONDAYS!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014...Successful 55th Reunion

Our 55th reunion was held last night at the Meadowbrook Country Club in Overland Park.
It was an enjoyable and relaxing evening meeting with and conversing with many of our old friends.
Meadowbrook provided an excellent meal and a convenient location.

Ed Rowe organized this with the help of the Bothwicks and Jeanne Boyer and Rex Weddle among others.
We appreciate their efforts.  It was a good evening.

The attendees were:

Bob Pflanz
Carolyn B Ryan & Madelyn Brumfield
Don & Dione Guinn
Ed Rowe
Ernest & Jeanne Helman
Frank Stathopoulos
J. Irene (Ramsey) Napps
Janey Davis
Jeanne Boyer
Jim & Sharon Borthwick
Jim Jackson
John & Carol Todd
John & Vinita Stathopoulos
John & Wanda Panettiere
John Salmon
Joyce Howes
Judy Webster Mueller
Larry & Pearl Cameron
Larry Levinson
Leon & Louise Doyle
Lloyd & Susan Williams
Margie Bryant Lyle
Mary Lynn Sherwood
Mavra Harper
Pat & Bonnie Whalen
Rex & Beth Weddle
Roberta Cullen Bowlen
Rodney Weiher & Colleen Clancy
Roger & Kathy (Tompkins) Rains
Roy & Teresa Terry
Stan Madlof
Steve & Bobbie Blackburn
Zolan Gilgus

Unfortunately, many of our classmates have passed away.  Here is the list of those we are aware of:

Bonnie Adams,  Bob Allison,  James Boatman,  Arnold Botwinik,  Leanna Boysko,  Donald Brown,  Wallace Brown,  Richard Carlson,  Juanita Mildred Carney,  Carol Cleveland,  Richard Copaken,  
Susanna Crosby,  Joella Deffenbaugh,  Bonnie Dernan,  Elaine Earhart,  Bonnie Fair,  Barbara Foster,  
Ruby Friedman,  Don Grantham,  Bonnie Harvey,  John Holmberg,  Floyd Hook,  Claudine Jackson,
Richard Kenworthy,  Maxine Kreitman,  Roy Krogsdale,  Cecil Land,  Jack Lashbrook, 
Warren Lyle,  Norman E. Mason,  Bernie Matheis,  Cynthia Maupin,  Dennis McVay,  
Charlotte Mitchell,  Charles Moske,  Bob Phillips,  Stuart Powell,  Roger Stuby,  Terry Tiffany,
Carol Vacca,  Naomi  May Wamsher,  Susan N Willams,  Ronald Young

If you have any comments, please share with your classmates by adding to this blog.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

If you haven't been on the email chain being circulated (Jan. 2014) about a mini-reunion the weekend of 5/17, please drop me a note ( an I'll update you.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Claudine's travels

Just a reminder that Claudine did share some of  her later adventures with us all.

Her float trip down the Colorado is here in an earlier post as well as her later trip to Tunisia.

For her trip to China and Tibet, you can find her thoughts and pictures in:

She is gone now on her final trip and we will miss her.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Dear Paseo 59 classmates,
 I am sorry to inform you that Claudine Jackson Weiher passed away at her home in Washington, D.C. Saturday, October 13th after a short battle with cancer.  
She is survived by her husband, Rodney, her dear friend John Fawcett, and her brother, Jim Jackson.
There will be a graveside ceremony 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 19th at Mount Mariah and Freeman Funeral Home and Cemetery, 10507 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131  Family and friends can gather at the funeral home around 10:30-10:45 and then process to the cemetary together.   
A wake will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Figlio Tower and Italian Restaurant, the site of our 50th year reunion (as many of us remember with gratitude, Claudine chaired the planning committee).   
The address there is 209 West 46th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64112.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Hospice that provided wonderful care for Claudine.  Please send donations to Capitol Caring Hospice, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042 and reference Claudine’s name with the donation.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sad News! Saturday, October 13, 2012

Claudine Jackson Weiher passed away yesterday after fighting cancer since diagnosed last February. 

She will be missed.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


A note from Don Kunz:

Many thanks for posting that note about Richard Copaken's daughter.

I am still writing and occasionally getting published in little literary magazines which are difficult to find.  So, sending a list of what I have written would not help any of my old classmates who might want to read any of it.  However, I have had a couple of short stories published recently which are accessible on line.  So, if anyone is interested here they are:

"Birds and Eggs" can be found at

The second one is a little tricky:  when you click on the link, the journal's cover will appear, then you have to put your cursor on the lower right hand corner and when it starts to wrinkle, click your mouse and a page will turn, keep turning; my story starts on page 34.  After going to all that work at least you will find the story is happily short.

In contrast to your Kansas City weather, it is in the 60's here most days and sometimes falls below freezing at night.  On Mt. Bachelor, 25 minutes away, they are open for skiing this weekend.  I think our summer will come on a Thursday this year.

All the best to you and yours,


Monday, June 25, 2012

A Note From Don Kunz 06/25/12

Hi, Bob,

I know you occasionally post to the Paseo website or are at least still in correspondence with many of our Paseo class.  so, here is something to share with them if you wish or have the time.  One of Richard Copaken's daughters, Deborah Copaken Kogan, is getting a lot of recognition for her latest book, The Red Book.  I read two of her earlier works, a novel titled Between Here and April, and a collection of essays, Hell is Other Parents.  I would recommend both, but I especially enjoyed Hell is Other Parents which I thought was courageously candid and hysterically funny.

  I think members of our class would take special pleasure in reading Deborah's books and remembering Richard.

Hope all is well with you.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

A NEW PASEO WEBSITE with history, pictures and information about grade schools.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Memories of a great athlete from our class of 1959

From Rex Weddle:

Bob, for some reason I couldn't get this old clip of Dick K making a terrific fielding play to play; however, if you can and it's downloadable to the Paseo site, might make for an interesting addition. 

you can copy the following to the address bar of your browser:

will play with Realplayer on computer (free download)

This 22 second video was from the 86 old timer all-star game!

Dick Kenworthy made an excellent play.

Friday, November 25, 2011