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Mike Cannon

1948 - February 26th, 2012

It breaks my heart to announce that my beloved cousin Mike Cannon died of a heart attack on Sunday, February 26, in Union, Oregon. His wife found him sitting peacefully in his favorite chair by the fire, with a book in his lap.

 Mike was older by 55 days, and our first pictures together show us in diapers on my grandmother's Chicago sofa in December 1948. He was, of course, the bigger and stronger one, and so he remained through the rest of our lives. We shared childhood birthday parties and family holiday dinners, and when we connected at Empehi after attending different grade schools, always maintained an easy friendship.

Mike graduated from the Air Force Academy with a degree in civil engineering and went on to be an Air Force officer, a drummer, a blacksmith, a volunteer firefighter, a paramedic, a pioneer in distance education and, finally, a dean at Eastern Oregon University with a doctorate in education. He was never in a rut. He rode Harleys and renovated cars, and retired to his forge from his last official career nearly a year ago, after quoting the Grateful Dead in an email to me: “Sometimes your cards ain’t worth a dime if you don’t lay ‘em down.”

An Air Force friend who saw him at Christmas described him as "his typical tall, handsome, broad shouldered, burly self" and that's how he was when I last saw him in October 2010. I spoke with him just two weeks ago and can still hear his voice, though I fear it will fade with time.

 Mike is survived by his wife Sandy, his sister Lila Sophia, two stepdaughters and a daughter.

I loved him fiercely, and his passing tears a hole in my heart.

Taffy Cannon, June 1966
Carlsbad, California

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From Craig Hullinger on March 7th, 2012
 We are very sorry to hear about Mike.  He was a fine man.
 
From Bob Gladstone on May 19th, 2012
 I hope this is ok to leave on here.
My name is Bob and I am in the Uk, I 'met' Mike on a chevy website, I had posted some questions about the old chevy trucks and a few guys posted some answers, Then out of the blue I get a long e mail from a man that became a great friend Mike passed on so much information to me, I have kept those e mails and refer to them often.
Why would a complete stranger go so far out of his way to help a complete stranger like me - Answer cos he was like that I guess !
Mike was a friend that I had never had a chance to meet personally that is my loss, all those that had met him are richer for the privilage.
I am truly sorry for your loss, I think of Mike often and it reminds me to be friendly and take my time with strangers - oh and to get out in the shop and finsih my old truck.
Who would have known that a complete stranger halfway across the world mourns for the loss of a friend.
God Bless Iron Mike - Happy Trails my friend.



 

Joyce Dobrick Bricker



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From susan Engle Budash on February 5th, 2012
I will never forget Joyce, nor her kindness.  My only consolation is in knowing her gentle spirit lives amongst all of us.

 
From Judy Halligan Willingham on February 12th, 2012
Image Rest in Peace, Joyce.  You added a great deal of joy to every life you touched in high school and throughout your life.
 
From Susan Engle Budash on March 16th, 2012
 Words cannot adequately express my sadness in learning that Joyce was no longer here with us.  While I never had the good fortune in becoming her friend during our days at Empehi, I count myself blessed to have gotten to know her in our later years and for this I am grateful. 
 

Bonnie Hammar

 

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From Sandy Wright on June 7th, 2012
Bonnie and I were good friends in high school. We played guitar, studied Spanish together for 4 years and had a lot of fun. She is missed to this day.
 

Empehi Heroes Vietnam

Our Classmates who died in Vietnam 

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From Judy Halligan Willingham on January 24th, 2012
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Neal Hullinger


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Charles Kitchen

Charles Kitchen, June 8, 2008, served over 30 years as a Detective in the Chicago Police Department and the State of Illinois. He is survived by his wife Maureen; daughter Kelly; and son CJ; and stepdaughter Keri Kennelly. In lieu of flowers, Tidewell Hospice, 220 Wexford Blvd., Venice, FL 34293.

Published in Chicago Tribune on June 11, 2008


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Larry Lam

 

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From Craig Hullinger on February 5th, 2012
 
Larry was a fine many who died far too young. We remember you fondly.

God bless you and your family.
 

Hugh Lee

 

Hugh Lee June 1966


Hugh Lee was a very nice guy and a tremendous football player. He played
fullback for the Mustangs and was All-State.  He was very strong and fast and very difficult for the opposing team to tackle. He led our Mustang Football team to very successful seasons.

He died far too young.

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Carl Lind

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Walter Bruce Mason

 

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Thomas McNeff

September 20th, 1949 - December 2nd, 2009

Father Tom was a fun, compassionate , spritiual man and is missed by his family, friends, and parish.
He was instrumental in getting the Morgan Park Catholic Youth Ministries established and it was always near and dear to his heart. 
He touched so many lives and will be missed forever. 

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McNeff,Rev.Thomas C.
Rev Thomas C. McNeff, Pastor of St.Jane de Chantal Parish,age 60, after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma.  
Father Mcneff was ordained May 11,1977
mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Francis Cardinal George O.M.I on Friday, December 4,2009 at St Jane de Chantal Church.


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David Noren


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Jim Ohse

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From David Lee on May 16th, 2014
Ohs and I spent many crazy and long hours together partying hard and hanging out.
When many may consider him one wild and crazy guy, he had a very seldom seen sensitive side. His heart was always in the right place.
Kid
 
 

George Traistor

 

George Traistor June 1965


George played football and baseball at Morgan Park High
School. He was also on the Red Sox in Babe Ruth League at Mt Greenwood. He attended grade school at Mt Greenwood.

He owned a Whizzer Motorbike in High School and a Henry J Car. Later he proudly owned a classic
Oldsmobile convertible and an Indian Motorcycle. He was married and worked as a chemist for the American Maize Corporation in Hammond, Indiana.

George died far too young at the age of 28.  George, we miss you. Rest in peace.

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Cary Wiedeman

 



Cary Wiedeman 1967



Cary moved into Mt Greenwood and started Morgan Park as a Junior so did not know many people at MPHS. He was a very quiet and nice guy but also very shy.

He lived a few doors from me and I tried to help him break into school but it is tough when you come in late. Cary was a member of my church, Mt. Greenwood Lutheran.

Cary became a Chicago Police Officer and was very proud to be a member of the Force. He died far too young.

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