1950 Class Reunion

On November 19, 2010, 37 graduates of the LMS class of 1950 and four non-graduating classmates met at the high school campus for their 60th class reunion. After a group picture, the group toured the new Rutt Academic Center and math teacher Merle Reinford demonstrated the wonders of the “smart board,” a computerized white board. The class marveled at the advance from the old black chalkboard of 60 years ago.

The reunion class and two former teachers, Don Jacobs and J. Lester Brubaker (with spouses the group totaled 74), enjoyed the Hess BBQ pork and chicken meal in the Rutt Center Atrium. At 7 pm the group moved to a classroom for a reunion program, emceed by class president Kenton Brubaker, a retired EMU professor. Classmate Jay Landis, another retired EMU professor, led in singing the class song, “Onward, Ever Serving.” A slide show of pictures from the LMS school days through the present, titled “Reflecting on our seasons of life,” was prepared by Ivan Leaman. During the slide show, Ivan and Kenton read “highlights” of recent activities, from information provided by the classmates for the reunion.

Superintendent Dick Thomas shared significant events from present day LMS which now has 1,500 students in four locations—including a high percentage of non-Swiss/Germanic students. He talked about the spiritual impact the school has on its students.

Of the 60 persons from the class of 1950, 11 classmates have died. Jean (Kraybill) & Norman Shenk led in a time of memory by lighting 11 candles and then led in prayer, asking God’s blessing on their classmates as together they continue the travel on life’s journey. During the evening program, Jay Landis and Lois (Ruth) Kennel led the class in singing from the 1927 Church Hymnal and Life Song No. 2, closing with the song, “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.”