Defiance High School Class of 1956 celebrated its 55th anniversary year since graduation with a formal banquet at the Elks Lodge.
Weekend festivities kicked off on Friday night at the homecoming football game against Van Wert followed by a gathering at the Black Lantern. Then on Saturday, classmates enjoyed breakfast at Kissner's.
Tours were given of the Tuttle Museum and Defiance County Senior Center.
There were 85 alumni and their spouses in attendance for the evening reception. The meal was catered by Kim's Classic Catering.
Committee members were: Bob Belden, Regina (Roehrs) Snyder, Allen Detter, Lois (Cooper) Eis, Marsha Leaders, Janet Hench, and Liz (Stork) Zuber. William Finn was the master of ceremonies with Regina Snyder giving the welcome and Karla Wolfrum playing the harp during the dinner. Marvin Schatz gave the invocation.
A memory table was assembled by Allen Detter. Bob Belden read the names of deceased classmates while Regina Snyder and Lois Eis lighted a candle for each member.
Background music from the 1950s was provided by Bob Belden.
Table decorations by Mary Kay (Demyan) McCracken were drawn for door prizes.
Alumni attending from out of town were: Judy (Zimmerman) Hied, Peoria, Ariz.; Judy (Gisler) Stambaugh, Claremont, Fla.; Shirley and Guy Baldwin, Paulding; Jerry Boes, Antwerp; Liz (Stork) Zuber, Oakwood; Carol (Seebauer) Vandemark, San Antonio, Texas; Jean and Jerry Ludwig, Elkhart, Ind.; Joyce (Bockelman) Meyer, Sun City, Calif.; Joan and Larry Willey, Cincinnati; Warren and Jean (Colgan) Webster, Flora, Ill.; Sue and Gale Wells, Masury; Bonnie (Keck) Arend, Lecanto, Fla.; Jeanie and Robert McBroom, Albuquerque, N.M.; Don and Donnie Van Brackel, Coldwater, Mich.; Connie and Marv Schatz, O'Fallon, Ill.; Fred and Helen (Potts) Greiser, Stryker; Larry Pelok, Gross Pointe Woods, Mich.; Diane and Robert Miller, Louisville, Ky.; Roger McCoy, Juneau, Alaska; Robert and Corrine (Warner) Weible, Oakwood; Roxanne (Widmer) Kyle, Fort Wayne; and Tom and Mary Kay (Demyan) McCracken, The Village, Fla.
Alumni from Defiance were: Bill and Gloria Finn, Jill (Riblet) Davis, Jim and Lois (Cooper) Eis, Linda (Myers) Hancock, Diane (Giddings) Swanson, Marsha Leaders, Patty (Thieroff) Linebrink, Jan Bergeon, Robert and Carolyn Belden, Judy and Allen Detter, Jean (Partee) McKay, David and Margie (Farris) Slocum, Gary Shinaberry and Shirley Lamb Keller, John and Vivian (Gallant) Mitchell, Sandy and Robert Lantow, Ed and Sue (McGue) Porter, Phil and Marlene (Mack) Lantow, Janet Hench, Clara and Don Meyer, Ann (Openlander) Bauer, Allan Clingaman, Barbara (Sheik) Call and Bill Edgar, Eva (Smith) Andrews, Joann (Hostettler) Deitrick, Pat (Lantow) Harter, and Carl and Regina (Roehrs) Snyder.