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Garry Romanik - Senior Class Photo

9/3/2017 From Garry Romanik, Class of '65
"To All the 1965 Cherry Hill Spartans -
Senior year 1965. What a great year for a new kid in school to be welcomed so openly by so many. Thank you all. Working on the Senior float at Nancy Scott’s house. School day crushes. Working on the background for the Senior play with Ron Carey. Rides to school with Rick White and Bruce Webber. Playing bad basketball with a really good basketball player Denny Bostwick. Watching Bostwick and others play ice hockey on a water filled, frozen outdoor basketball court. Working at Packers grocery store. Lions vs Packers on Thanksgiving Day. Hockey Night in Canada at Ken Zdrals. Playing on the Spartan baseball team, with so many good ballplayers, which won the league title. Quiet Coach Dolloway and not so quiet Mr. Wolf. The Senior Hoedown trip. Tiger games with Rick Young’s box seat tickets courtesy of the Tigers signing Rick. Thanks Rick. Nursing a coke and fries at Manners. After dark ramblings at Camp Dearborn and White Castle with Zdral in his Dad’s 327 Chevy Impala convertible. Sleeping under the car, waiting for friends (you know who you are) to get out jail on the 4th in Saugatuck. Graduation summer trip to UP with the usual suspects. Watching, again you know who you are, slowly streak the campfire on Lake Michigan. The Pendleton store. A summer crush on a girl going to State. The family headed back to Ohio. Me Ohio State. Did make it back for a New Years Eve Wing’s game and party with everyone. 2000 reunion at Sandy’s. Can never forget those times and all of you. Stay safe and stay well. Garry
6/18/2017 Notice of passing. We regret to announce the passing of Douglas M. Goebel, Class of '65. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.

Douglas M. Goebel, 70, of East Tawas, Michigan passed away Saturday morning, August 19, 2017 at Aleda E. Lutz AV Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan. Douglas was born February 8, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Alfred and Helen (Daltuva) Goebel. He graduated from Cherry Hill High School in Inkster, Michigan in 1965 and then joined the United States Air Force in 1967. Doug proudly served until his honorable discharge in 1969. He then enrolled in Henry Ford Community College and received his Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts in 1977. Doug was a member of the American Legion, F.O.E. Post 2588 and was known in our area as the “Slider Guy” for ten years at Blues by the Bay.Doug is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Goebel; brothers, Dale Goebel and Jerry Daniel. According to Doug’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Online condolences may be offered at
6/22/2017 A message from Cheryl Shy-Chapekis '73 "Hi everyone - would love to hear from anyone from our Cherry Hill experiences - and connect on our lives currently!"
6/18/2017 Notice of passing. We regret to announce the passing of Donald L. Peterson, Class of '69. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones. Please click HERE for full obit and information.
Donald Leslie Peterson, age 66, a longtime resident of Novi, passed away on June 14, 2017. He was born June 11, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan; son of Edwin and Ethel (nee Carlson) Peterson. Donald spent his childhood in Inkster and Dearborn Heights, graduating from Inkster Cherry Hill High School in the class of 1969. Donald lovingly wed his bride Cheryl Elaine Baginski on August 8, 1980, spending 36 years devoted to one another.

Don lived life with a spirit unlike any other, always with a smile on his face and a joke at the ready. His love for family and friends seemingly had no end, as did his small acts of kindness. Even as a boy, Don worked weekends helping his father run the family business (Cadillac Custom Catering). Don never minded the tough tasks or long hours, but rather viewed life’s responsibilities as a better way to bond with those around him. Ultimately, Don seemed to measure his success in life by the happiness of others, a scoreboard that only counted inside jokes, laughs and smiles...More HERE
5/6/2017 Notice of passing. We regret to announce the passing of Ronald R. Priebe, Class of '64. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones. Please click HERE for obit and info. There are many nice pictures of Ron posted on this page.
Ronald R. Priebe, age 71, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Beloved husband of Sharon Priebe. Loving father of Ron Priebe, Jr. and Tim (Shawn) Priebe. Proud grandfather of Preston, Autumn, Avery, and Grace. Beloved son of Helen and the late Raymond Priebe. Dear brother of Roxane Cook, Wayne Priebe, Rob Priebe, and the late Terry Priebe. Visitation will be from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black and Son Funeral Home, 3295 E. Highland Road, Highland. Funeral visitation will be from 10:00am until the time of the funeral service at 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the family.


Alan Shaney - Senior Class Photo

3/26/2017 A very nice "mini" autobiography and invitation submitted by Alan Shaney, Class of '67

First, Thank you, Gracias, Salamat, and Khob-kun-Ka, to all who work and contribute to this site. Frankly, I am drawn to the deceased pages as I found that simply reading the names of former students and staff instantly brings back memories of my interactions with them on different levels. And I wonder what took some of them so early in life. I have led a far from conventional, safe life. One could easily categorize my life as reckless, carefree, irresponsible, often dangerous and even foolish. Yet, here I still am. Just lucky I guess.

Fifty years! I am Alan Shaney. Class of '67. My story. Most may not remember me. I think I was the first married student, when in my senior year at CHHS I married Myrna Humphries who completed her education, when becoming pregnant from me, in her Sophomore year at CHHS. After CHHS staff became aware of my sin (maybe they thought I would get the rest of the girls pregnant or influence said behavior in others) they called me to the office and informed me that I would be "permitted" to attend classes only and barred me from any and all extra-curricular activities including dances, games and even the commencement exercises at the then new Auditorium. They informed me of the latter just minutes before the ceremony began even though I had my cap and gown and my parents were there dressed to watch their first child graduate high school. I am, however, in the class of 1967 photo found at this site. The following fall, after graduation, and a series of menial jobs, I landed what was then considered to be a good and secure job at Ford's Wayne Assembly plant, just after the longest strike in their history.

I lasted there just short of 90 days and decided the factory thing wasn't for me. As I had plenty of time to think being an intellectually undisturbed assembly line worker, performing the same task 43 times per hour for 16 hours out of every 24 (I worked double shifts) I knew I was being well paid, but thought to myself that no matter how much someone is paying me they are making money off my labor. I decided that the only one that would make money off of me would be me. Thus, after December of 1967, I never had another "job". It wasn't always easy being self-employed, but it was never dull. And, it was, after all 1967 and southern California called. Call it good fortune or Karma but my best friend at the time, Jim Emberton, who, before joining the Marines, attended CHHS as did his sisters Elaine and Kathy, had just came back to the states from a tour in Viet Nam. He married Linda Lakey of CHHS, whose father owned a large Ford Dealership in Dearborn at the time, I was best man at the wedding. Dad gave them a new car to drive to California, his next duty assignment, and they invited myself, my wife Myrna and our first son, Shawn, to go to San Diego, specifically Ocean Beach, with them.

Life took off from there and rather than type a long story, (too many adventures and misadventures to relate here) I list below some of the places I have lived, time spent there and some of what I did for a living in the years since leaving Michigan, in order;

  • Ocean Beach, Venice Beach, Calif. 7 years. Built Custom Harleys. Bought and sold cars and motorcycles.
  • Hibbing, Minnesota, 4 years. Farmed.
  • Tennessee Ridge, Tennessee, 1 Year. Farm.
  • Thousand Islands, New York, 2 years. St. Lawrence riverfront living across from Canada.
  • Big Island, Hawaii, 2 Years. Bought and sold properties.
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 10 Years. Built and operated a beachfront home and resort.
  • Tayamaan, Mindoro, Philippines, 6 years. Owned and operated a beachfront resort.
  • Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand, 10 years, until present.
  • Retired, living in beach resort condo raising my 7 year old daughter, Irish, as a single dad.

That takes care of about 42 years, the balance of the 50 years was spent traveling in India, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Viet Nam. As for "further" education, somewhere along about the middle of the above time period, I managed to complete University studies graduating Magna Cum Laude with a double major, Psychology and Social Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. I was invited to enter the graduate program but declined as I realized I was not going to use my further education for any sort of employment. During the past 50 years since graduation, I have also had 10 biological children. Eight from my first marriage to Myrna, Shawn, Mysty, Dylan, Holly, Amber, Mason, Sunshine, and Ryan. I have 19 biological grandkids, and 7 great-grandkids. Also, 1 daughter, Lolita age 11 currently living with her mom Jasmin in the Philippines. And one more daughter, Irish, age 7, living with me in Thailand. Mom lives in France. And life ain't over yet! I may just buy another beach, build another house on it and have more kids. If I can just find my glasses! Anyone who remembers me and has the time and desire to communicate and talk story, my email address is

"If anyone would like to have a formal or impromptu reunion, any time and date, please let me know and I can provide the venue here at the resort. We can meet under the palms on the white sand beach under my balcony at the lagoon pool, with waves, and water-slides for those who still feel young, and jacuzzis for those who don't. Sorry I can’t provide transportation and lodging, but I will provide the beverages. Looking forward to seeing you soon!" Thanks for reading.
3/14/2017 Notice of passing. We regret to announce the passing of Ross S Clark, Class of '71. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones. Please click here for obit and info.
10/30/2016 Notice of Passing. We regret to announce the passing of Michael A Vivian, Class of '75. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones. Please click here for obit and info.


C Bailey - Sr Class Photo

10/22/2016 This personal update from Cynthia Bailey-Wharton '84. "Haven't been on here in a while, here is my current situation to share if you care to: Married for 22 years to my Navy sweetheart Paul and living in Potrero, a small community 45 miles east of San Diego, CA. I retired from the Navy in March 2015 with 24 years of service. Currently working for the Department of the Navy as a Security Specialist for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Policy). I just finished my MA in HR through National University. My three sons, James (32), Thomas (31) and Scott (30) are all well. James works in construction and lives a few hours away. He has a 5 year old daughter, Kaylin. Thomas is married, and has been in the Navy for 8 years currently stationed in Oxnard, CA. Scott lives in Las Vegas with his partner, David. I also have two step children and 6 more grand kids! Life is Good!"