West High School - Davenport, Iowa

Class of 1968

With Fond Memories - 2018
Our prayers go out to these families.

May 2, 2018
Roger Thomas

Roger Thomas, 68, passed away May 2, 2018
He was born March 11, 1950, in Davenport, Iowa, and was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran.
Roger was a 1968 graduate of Davenport West High School. He met and married his wife of 44 years in Thailand.
Roger retired from Laramie County Community College as a security officer after 20-plus years.
He lived in Cheyenne since 1974, and moved to Minnesota in the summer of 2016 to be near his grandchildren.
Roger is survived by his wife, Preeya in MN;
stepchildren, TJ (David) Nelson and Oye (Mark) Masterson;
three grandchildren;
siblings, Dick (Clarissa Martel) Thomas,
Rodney (Lisa Gray) Nolan,
Bryan (Cindie) Nolan,
Tim (Jackie) Nolan and Jeff (Jane) Nolan;
many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs.
He was preceded in death by mother and stepfather, Irma and Harry Nolan;
father, Richard Thomas Sr.;
and a sister, Nancy Jones.
He will be missed by many.
Roger Thomas 2018
Roger Thomas

Roger Thomas 1968
Roger Thomas

May 1, 2018
Classmate Kirby Rogers

Kirby Charles Rogers, 67, of Davenport, Iowa passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018. There will be no services scheduled.

Kirby was born on July 28, 1950 to William and Rosemary (Ward) Rogers in Davenport, Iowa. During his life he worked in manufacturing. He moved to Colorado and enjoyed many years there. He eventually moved back to Iowa to live out the rest of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

If you would like to send a card, message of condolence or memories of Kirby Charles Rogers, WHS1968 graduate...write Krista @ Runge  838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA 52807 and they will pass the messages on to family. Runge. Phone is 563 391 6202.

Kirby Rogers 1968
Kirby Rogers


April 16, 2018
Donald Orcutt

Funeral services for Donald L. Orcutt, 68, of Davenport will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary Chapel in Davenport. A private burial will follow at Davenport Memorial Park. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. Mr. Orcutt died on Monday, April 16, 2018 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

Donald Lee Orcutt was born on September 5, 1949 in Davenport, IA, the son of Donald and Beverly (Forgie) Orcutt. After graduating with the West High School class of 1968 he began work with Mid-American Energy as a lead mechanic. He retired in January of 2010 after 43 years of service. On March 11, 1989 he married Kristine Harris in Davenport.

Don bowled in many area tournaments and with many area leagues through the years. He was an avid Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos fan and loved camping and especially enjoyed cooking over the open fire. He was also an avid hunter and loved spending time with his brother hunting elk in Colorado.

Surviving members of the family include – his Wife: Kristine; 2 Daughters: Kayleigh Orcutt of DeWitt, IA and Alexis Orcutt of Davenport; his Mother Beverly of Davenport, IA; 2- Sisters: Jill Orcutt and Glenda (Dennis) Bowrey both of Davenport; and 3- Brothers: Daniel (Sharon) Orcutt of Walcott, Dennis (Kathy) Orcutt of Nevada, IA, and Paul (Pamela) Orcutt of Castle Rock, CO; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald.

Memorials may be made to the family.
Donald Orcutt 2018
Donald Orcutt

Roger Thomas 1968
Donald Orcutt

March 27, 2018
John Wade

John W Wade, 68, of Colorado Springs, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 surrounded by family and friends.
John, was born August 18, 1949 in Davenport, Iowa, to Darrell R. and Arlene J. (Johnson) Wade.

As a boy, John loved to travel and see many wonderful places with his dad, step mom and brothers.  You would always find John and the boys out fishing or fighting off the bears from the camp site.  Fishing was a way of life for the Wade boys!

John was a graduate of West High School alongside with his high school sweetheart Mary.  Following high school, he worked his way through college as a welder.  After graduating from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, he moved his family to Colorado where he soon earned his nickname “Doc”.  He had visited Colorado on one of the family adventures and knew he always wanted to live there.  In 1975 he did just that!

Doc enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, snow skiing, riding motorcycles, home improvements and becoming a pilot.  He raised llamas for many years (and countless other animals) and those who knew him well knew of his beloved Albert and the other one - Frosty.  He loved to travel and enjoyed teaching his daughter Gwendy to enjoy any new adventure that would come their way. 

Doc worked as a self-employed Chiropractor for about 37 years before retiring in 2012. During the later years of his career and after retirement there was nothing he enjoyed more than taking care of his granddaughter Jemma and teaching her anything she wanted to learn about.  He had the pleasure of being an active part of her life.

Survivors include his best friend Mary Wade; daughter Gwendy Hartsell; granddaughter Jemma Hartsell;  his brother and sister in law Steve & Becky Wade; sister in law Cathy Wade; sister Robin Dettman; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Darrell and Rosanna (Ozzie) Wade and brother Charles Wade.
John Wade 1968
John Wade

John Wade 2004
John Wade

March 14, 2018
Classmate Lee Simmons's mother Lois Simmons

DAVENPORT — Lois Irene Simmons, 99, of Davenport, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Funeral services will be at noon Monday, March 19, 2018, at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Davenport. Visitation will be from 2 to 5: p.m. Sunday at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Lois was born March 12, 1919, in Davenport to Louis F. and Johanna E. (Schroeder) Burmeister. Lois graduated from Davenport High School in 1936 and from Brown's Business College in 1938. She was united in marriage to Lenvil C. Simmons on July 14, 1940 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Davenport. He preceded her in death on October 10, 2007. Before her retirement in 1981, Lois was a secretary for the Inland Steel Company in Moline.

A loyal, lifelong member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Lois participated in Sunday school and youth organizations. She loved volunteering at the church, including teaching and serving as director of Sunday school and providing office support after her retirement. Over the years, she was a member of the church choir, adult bell choir and church council. Lois also served as president of the Johnson Elementary School PTA.

Those left cherishing her memory include her daughter, Ellen L. Simmons; son, Lee C. Simmons; grandchildren, Anne K. Discher, Mallory L. Simmons, Rachel L. Simmons and Christopher L. Simmons; great-grandchildren, Anders David, Hans David and Ingrid David; sister-in-law, Frances Huff; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lois was preceded in death by her sister, Janet E. Cowden.
Lois Simmons 2018
Lois Simmons

Lee Simmons 1968
Lee Simmons