Moline Memories - MHS 66 Friends

Monday, August 21, 2017

Distinguished Former Mayor of Perryville, Missouri - Debbie Mitchell Gahan -
Gave Us a Guided Tour of the LCMS Holy Land

Debbie Mitchell Gahah, MHS 66, served as
the mayor of Perryville, Missouri.

We have wanted to visit Perryville for many years, because that is one location for the start of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Zion on the Mississippi describes that story in great detail, making me wonder if anyone has read the book.

The Loehe group organized first and asked the Perryville/St. Louis people to join them, which developed after talks.

Zach is a member of our church, so we get together with him from time to time. The last meeting was in scenic Joplin, Missouri. Since his mother lives in St. Louis, we discussed various nearby meetings. Cape Girardeau was on the list first, but Debbie offered to give us a guided tour of the historic sites on the date we selected. We scrapped Cape and the Limbaugh Shrine in favor of staying in Perryville at the Off Ramp Inn.

Chris' short-cut through the Mark Twain Forest Preserve slowed us down a bit, but we arrived Sunday night and had our big day on Monday.

Debbie arrived right on time and we started out in our new/old Voyager, 2002. I have known Debbie since we were in the flute section together at Calvin Coolidge Junior High. We were also in other classes, but those rosters are a blur to me, except Chem-Physics. We linked up on Facebook and met again at several Moline High reunions.

Chris has gone to all of my reunions and she has always been treated as one of the class members.

 We gave away books to the LCMS congregation in Perryville,
and also to the historical museum in Altenburg.
Pastor Jackson, left, Chris Jackson, Anita Engleman, Zach Engleman.
Distinguished Mayor Emeritus Debbie Mitchell Gahan
is in the second row.

Lutherans should visit the sites around Perryville, because they involve a significant amount of history, which is well represented in the Frohna site and the Altenburg Lutheran Heritage Center.

We were leaving the Frohna site - the Saxon Lutheran Memorial - when Chris noticed the tail-light being gone, popped out on its own. We had been bragging about how new the car looked because of our Army Ranger neighbor fixing it up before selling it. All the parts were new. So we started off in a brief rainstorm and the windshield wipers began flying off and tangling.

The rain stopped and Debbie found us a place where they put new wipers on. We also had lunch with her, and everyone needed a nap afterwards.

We were especially graced by Debbie's work in the city, part of the tour. No one expects such a small town to have so much going for it. She described her efforts at getting businesses to work together and social agencies to maximize their service to various groups of people. Those things do not happen by accident, so Moline should be proud of their distinguished graduate.

Anita Engleman, Pastor Jackson, Chris Jackson, Zach Engleman.
CFW Walther is in the second row, Frohna.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Rest in Peace - Cindy Shipley Meers

Cynthia Jean Meers, 66, of Moline, died Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Point, 701 12th St., Moline, with the Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon officiating. Burial is at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shipley Scholarship Fund at Moline High School.
The former Cynthia Jean Shipley was born Aug. 8, 1950, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Howard Eugene and Barbara Pherigo Shipley. She graduated from Moline High School in 1968 and then from Northeast Missouri State and married Bruce Meers on Feb. 7, 1976, in Moline. She was a substitute teacher for Moline School District No. 40 for nearly 30 years.
Cindy lived life happily and full of laughter. Those who knew her can hear that laughter still. Her family and grandchildren gave her the most joy of all. With each new grandbaby, GoGo would be full of snuggles, kisses and gentle arms to fall asleep. Cindy loved her summer travels with family and friends to the mountains of Grand Teton National Park to see her cowboy, Bruce, and also vacationing with friends at the white sand beaches of Florida. A life long Moliner, Cindy took pride in supporting all things Moline, from Garfield Elementary PTA, to a lifetime of Homecoming Parades and attending countless athletic events, where she was always ready to stand, clap and cheer, "We are Moliners." Even though long ago, Cindy always held dear the time spent with Moline the track and field team and her dad, Coach Shipley. Cindy's hobbies included a passion for reading, with an extensive collection of murder mystery novels, taking her grandkids to the movies, with theatre popcorn of course, and getting the best bargains around while shopping for her family.
Cindy is survived by her husband, Bruce; three children and spouses, Christopher and Aubrey Meers, Moline, Robin and Jeffrey Dubrow, Atlanta, and Becca and Dustin Peterson, Moline; five grandchildren, Payden Meers, Ben and Jack Dubrow and Abe and Margaret Peterson; her father, Gene Shipley, Moline; her brother, Michael Shipley, Panama; and best friends, Mari Lehnherr and Pat Shannon. Cindy was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Shipley.
A special thank you to her caregivers and friends at Select Specialty Hospital for the love and dignity shown to her in the final stages of life. Cindy's family invites friends to share stories and condolences at

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall and Patty Puck met at Garfield Grade School,
but Patty hastens to add they were not dating at that time.


Family gathered for the birthday party.
Shocking fact - Jeff never took gym at Moline High.
He lettered in sports instead: basketball, football, track, hockey, lacrosse, and croquet.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy 49th Weddinjg Anniversary - Steven and Susan Ogle Quick

 On their anniversary. Steve said, "We won't just drive through today. I will take you inside for lunch." Awww.


GJ - My wife and I enjoyed being with Steve and Susan at Lago's, at the previous get-together. Steve retired as a full colonel, a distinguished record.