GUNDERSON, Cliff & wife, Pat - Faculty & Principal
@ Chas: 1954, 55-56
Mission Viejo, CA
Graduation Year: 1940 @ Dix Rural High School, Dix, NE
Cliff Gunderson - 1955-56
01/27/03Thanks to those who helped me survive those two years at Chad- my first experience in secondary school. I remember being overwhelmed with the responsibilities of administration for a wonderful faculty and student body. After 34 years teaching I retired in l984. It is always a pleasure to learn about my earliest students and faculty. I have mixed emotions about my experiences with trying to raise a family while performing the duties of teacher and then as principal. Now at 80 years of age (2003), I realize that this was a wondrous time. Jenelle, thanks for this great work you have created for helping us to find each other. I have been drawn closer to others and feel the power of faith, hope, and love. May God be with you. It is a pleasure to have been a part of CHAD and included in the Chateauroux web site. I was one of the first principals of the Chateauroux American High School at La Martinerie with Mr. Ross as Superintendent and Mr. Umholtz as the elementary school principal. I have made connection with Dr. James Umholtz [and Mr. Larry Martin 4-30-05].
[jpnote: I think Pat & Cliff keep sending me the same photo! This one is supposed to be 2007, but they haven't changed a bit since 2004 (shown above at Tahoe).
Cliff & Pat are searching for: Ms. Billy Engler, Chad English Teacher in '55-56, Mr. Lawrence Martin [reconnected with Larry Martin], Former Faculty and Students of Chateauroux American High School. [Reconnected with Alan Rochford, his son's namesake.]
I enjoy the good life at eighty (more now - 2009) and live in an active retirement community in sunny California. I had a wonderful time with the 1950's students at the Las Vegas 2001 Reunion. I plan to attend the Tahoe 2003 Reunion and celebrate again with Chateauroux High School Family. Ya'll come![They did attend and were the life of the party!]
7-5-03 I feel greatly uplifted with the TAHOE REUNION 2003. Jenelle organized and hosted this grand time together. Pat & I enjoyed sharing experiences and going on the outings with y'all. We'll continue to relive this through the pictures and correspondence. I am searching for: HOPE, FAITH, & LOVE and then PEACE!
My wife and I have celebrated our 56th Anniversary and wonder where the years of our adventures have gone. We continue to enjoy our lives together and to meet up with friends. We met my ole Army Air Corps buddy last month after 60 years. Our prayers for our service personnel and their families are giving us strength in this time of war. I am searching for: peace and faith and love. We love you, Jenelle, and those you've brought to us. Cliff and Pat
4-30-05 Thank you for connecting Mr. Larry Martin (also at CHAD '55-'56) and me. I am still searching for Ms Wilhemina Engler (Billie), a teacher at Chad with Mr. Martin (reconnected with Cliff) and me during the '55 & '56 school years.
This is where Cliff and Pat live. They seem to have it all - great family, many friends plus these grand and beautiful mountains, lakes and great sky!h
Photo: Lake Mission Viego,
the Life of : Clifford Dale Gunderson - I was brought into this world in the Little White School House at Dix, NE, where
my parents, Aeye (A.I.) and Grace Mae (Graham) Gunderson, lived. Dr. A. L.
Miller drove from Kimball to deliver me on July 22, 1922.
Alan Ray was born October 9th in England. I named my newborn son, Alan Ray, thanks to Alan Rochford and Ray Calloway [Cliff's students at CHAD].
Cliff & Son, Alan Ray - Father's Day 2008
I was assigned to Chateauroux American High School, La Martinerie, Chateauroux, France, as a teaching principal for 1954-55 and then principal for 1955-56.
[jpnote: I think Cliff looks like one of his students!]
requested a teaching position in England for 1956 and was assigned to Central
High School, Bushy Park where I taught math classes until 1960.
I can't believe how busy I've been since retiring. And now I have a computer and a digital camera!
I have new friends and enjoy life....Clifford Dale Gunderson
Cliff's Birthday (80 Years) - 7-22-02 & Pat's Birthday (75 Years)
Kathleen and Chelsea, Brad stoops in front of Cliff,
and Pat w/Alan's friend, Laurie.
"Our daughter, Diane's, dog, Ted E. Bear. He is a Tibetan Terrier and we had the pleasure of caring for him for the first week in April . I've just finished making Ted E. Bear's Pedigree Chart and some of the names are unique to say the least. His registered name is Sakura Roji from Dam champion, Sakura Roji Theta Lady and Sire champion, Auras Lucky Star. I should have lost pounds of weight. As a six month old puppy, he kept Pat and me busy for that week."
1-2-05 ~~HAPPY NEW YEAR~~
Ashlynn & Great-Grandpop, Cliff
Below: Proud Parents & Great-Grandmother Pat
Memoriam to Betty
jp note: Cliff and Pat are sad to tell that the mother of Brad, their daughter Diane's husband, has passed away. Betty Mitsuko Yamauchi was their good friend and will be missed in the family's life. Our condolences and sympathy to you, Brad and Diane and your family.
Yamauchi, Betty Mitsuko - December 28, 1927 - February 24, 2009
Betty passed away on February 24, 2009. She was recovering from recent surgery but complications from chemotherapy treatment led to her unexpected death. Her family and friends will miss her positive outlook on life. She made every event fun and brought joy and laughter to our lives. The memories of good times with Betty help ease our grief.
She was born on December 28, 1927, in Kealakekua (Kona), Hawaii, one of six children of Mataichi and Umeko Fukuda Nakamura. Her older brother Allen Nakamura passed away in 2007. Her sisters Pauline and Patsy live in Honolulu and her brother Eichi lives in Castro Valley, California, with his spouse Marion.
Because her father was a prominent Kona business and community leader who was educated in Japan, her family was one of few relocated from Hawaii to the World War II Japanese-American Relocation Camps. While her father was imprisoned in Honolulu, Betty, her mother and siblings were interned at Topaz, Utah.
After the war, in 1950 she married Seiji Yamauchi in Chicago. Seiji volunteered and was a member of the 442nd all Japanese-American Fighting Regiment serving in Europe during World War II. He helped found the Orange County VFW Kazuo Masuda Memorial Post 3672. Seiji passed away in 1985. They had two children who survive: Brad Yamauchi and spouse Diane Gunderson of San Francisco; and Kathy Yamauchi-Austin, spouse Steven Austin and two grandchildren, Steven, Jr., and Julie of Tustin.
Betty's family and friends are happy that she met Paul Takahashi, a veteran and a Commander of VFW Post 3672. They loved and enjoyed life together since 1987. Betty had a popular beauty salon in Orange County that served many Issei and Nisei friends for over 50 years. She enjoyed dancing, golfing, bowling, karaoke, parties and travel with friends, her dogs, casinos and life.
Please join her family and friends in a Celebration of Betty's life at the Wintersburg Presbyterian Church, 2000 N. Fairview Street, Santa Ana, California, on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 12:30 pm with lunch following.
Aloha/Hawaiian attire will help us celebrate Betty's Kona roots and her "Aloha Spirit."