If ever there was a reason to attend a 50th High School Reunion, it may be this: It may be the last time you ever see these people. Yes, even as our Reunion Committee volunteers are trying to call all those graduates with no updated email addresses, we are learning about the death of four more of our classmates.

Linda Loranger

The most recent was Linda Loranger Snipes, whose obituary appeared in the Downey Patriot: Linda Loranger Snipes passed away suddenly on Oct. 25, 2016 in South Gate. She was born and raised in Burbank and worked as a registered nurse for Los Angeles County before working at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center in Downey for many years. She is survived by her daughter Lisa (Joelle) and her son Daniel. Linda was predeceased in by her parents.

Another one was Myron Eugene Mikkelson,  who was born on November 2, 1949 and died on December 16, 2007. Here is his obituary as published in the Salt Lake Tribune: 

Myron Mikkelson

Photo of Myron Mikkelson in the Salt Lake Tribune obituary.

Myron E. Mikkelson, Sr., loving husband and father, passed away Dec. 16, 2007 at the age of 57, at the Salt Lake City Veteran’s Hospital. He was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on November 2, 1949. Myron will be greatly missed by his wife, Elena; son, Gene Mikkelson and his wife Jennifer; and grandchildren, Julian and Jeanette. He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the Murray 8th Ward, 4600 S. 160 E. Friends and family may attend the viewing at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary on Thursday, Dec. 20th from 6-8 p.m. and Friday at the church from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Interment: Utah Veteran’s Memorial Park. Online condolences may be shared with the family at http://www.jenkins-soffe.com (Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 19, 2007)

We also found out about the deaths of Rudolph “Rudy” Maurer (born 12-4-48, died 12-4-2011) and Michael A. Olds (born 5-26-49, died 3-17-09 in Denver, CO at age 59). Jim Ranshaw, our chief detective in tracking down people, said that he actually spoke to Rudy when he was searching for classmates back in 2007-2008. Neither of these two guys, though, had senior photos in the Ceralbus. If any of our classmates has further information about Rudy or Michael or about any of our other fellow Bulldogs who died, please send information to “burbankhigh1968@gmail.com.
You can also check out the rest of the Memorial List here.

About Katherine Crosier

I am an organist in Honolulu—a rare breed of folks who play the King of Instruments! Through stories, photos, and videos, this blog is a diary of my musical journey ... and my family just groans!

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