This page is dedicated to honoring our 47 classmates who have passed away. Below is a listing of our classmates who have left us. If you know of a classmate who has passed and is not listed here, please send us a note on the “Contact Us” website page.

At the reunion in August, you will see Paula Allison Edwards' touching video showing photos of our “lost but not forgotten” classmates. After the reunion, her video will be posted on this website page.


We will be adding obituaries of our lost classmates over the coming weeks. After the reunion, you will be welcome to add a tribute and/or photo about those who have passed (Approval will be required prior to publishing.)

First Last
Kenneth Anderson
Brian Barnhart
Joy Becker
James Bell
Brian Braymen
Jeffrey Brown
Karin Bruin
Danielle Buss
Valerie Christianson
Katherine Corbin
John Craig
Kimberly Dahlgren
Jolynn Defrancisco
Mark Dekovic
Jon Dupler
Pamela Ellinghausen
Mary Eugene
Kirk Farrar
Donald Finnegan
Gregg Gourley
Donald Henderson
Michael Jacobson
Kristie Johnson
Jeffrey Kellogg
Julie Landon
Sharen Lee
Rodney Mather
Sue Mcclugage
Len Mcgilliard
Simin Nayebaziz
Mark Newton
Craig Olsen
Christine Palmer
John Pantenburg
Pamela Plath
Lawrence Prim
Theodore Riggs
Ann Self
Shera Shirley
Paul Sondrol
Terry Squire
Steven Stokke
Douglas Thompson
Nelson Thompson
Kenneth Van Fossen
Teri Wilson
Michael Wren


Some Have Left Us

Mark Dekovic

Birth Date: 1956-05-31
Graduation year: 1974
Deceased Date: 2023-08-03
Mark Cullen Dekovic (Deke) Obituary
Mark Dekovic Obituary

Age 67, of Crystal, Minnesota, passed away August 3, 2023, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Mark was born on May 31, 1956 in Chicago, IL, to Charles and Elaine Dekovic.

Most of Mark's childhood was spent trying to grow up in Ames, IA (some would say he never did). He attended Ames High School where he fell in love with the arts, especially theater and music. Mark reveled in the stage and performing, which he carried on throughout his life. Following high school, Mark went to work for Aunt Maude's restaurant in Ames where he developed his cooking skills that would later spare his wife from her own bland hot dishes and cans of SpaghettiOs. He continued his education at Iowa State University, pursuing his love of theater through countless performances in Stars Over VEISHA, Union Board Theater, and Memorial Union Resident Summer Theater (MURST). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design in 1983.

After moving to Minneapolis in 1983, Mark enjoyed sharing his talents with the Minnesota Shakespeare Company and cooking at various restaurants around the city before starting at McKesson Corporation where he began his 30-year career working most recently as an E-commerce Web Designer. He exited stage left into retirement in September 2022 (because who doesn't love doing web design?). The overall enjoyment-quotient at McKesson dropped 75% when he retired as he was the go-to guy for fun at many company functions, hosting and entertaining during trade shows, United Way functions, banquets, and other events. When Mark walked into the room, everyone noticed!

In 1999, Mark married his co-star, Sue Johnson, who came with an award-worthy supporting cast of Kiernan and Karlyn. He brought his authentic zest for life and his passion for fun into their lives, for which they will be forever grateful. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, and friend. His many hobbies included being an avid photographer, playing his collection of guitars, woodworking, the Chicago Bears, and spending time with family. He will be remembered for his hilarious sense of humor and his gentle kindness.

Mark is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sue; stepson Kiernan Johnson and stepdaughter Karlyn (David) Mlostek, one granddaughter Reagan Mlostek; his mother Elaine Dekovic, Ames, IA; siblings; Charles (Sara), Queens Creek, AZ; Jay (Dalila), Tabernash, CO; Lauren (Martin) Fenimore, Des Moines, IA; Julie Dekovic (Donald Duhon), Spring, TX; Elizabeth Catanesi (Deborah Walton), Nipomo, CA; 8 nephews, 3 grand-nieces, 4 grand-nephews and countless other family and friends. Preceded in death by his father, Charles W. Dekovic, Jr.

Many thanks to the nurses and doctors at Methodist Hospital and the Health Partners Frauenshuh Cancer Center for their compassion and humor. You truly are Heroes!

A Celebration of Life will be held on September 16th, 2023, at 3125 Virginia, Ave. North, Crystal, MN, from 1-4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation at the following link:

"All the world's a stage;

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts..."

William Shakespeare (From As you Like it)

Posted online on August 09, 2023

Published in Ames Tribune
Ed Hendrickson - January 16th, 2024
Mark Dekovic passed away August 3, 2023 and it left a hole in my heart. I have known Mark over 50 years since Junior High School growing up in Ames, IA. He was a wonderful friend and classmate and we will all miss him so much.

Christine Palmer

Birth Date: 1956-01-20
Graduation year: 1974
Deceased Date: 2021-10-16
Christine Palmer Obituary
JANUARY 20, 1956 – OCTOBER 16, 2021

Memphis Funeral Home

Christine PALMER, age 65, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Christine was born January 20, 1956.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the PALMER family.

Christine Palmers brother Bill Palmer AHS 1969 wrote this bio about Christine on 1/22/2024 for the AHS 1974 50 year reunion book. Thank you Bill.

Christine Palmer (1956-2021) Bio

After graduating from Ames High School in 1974, Christine received a scholarship to attend Boston University, where she studied violin with Roman Totenburg. After graduation, she lived for several years in New York City, where she continued her musical studies. In the early eighties, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in music from the Cleveland Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1986 she joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was the first chair of the second violins. She played with the symphony until her retirement in 2009. She was a kind and gentle soul, who, in addition to music, loved animals of any kind, especially cats. Unfortunately, after her retirement, her health declined steadily, and she died in Memphis in 2021.

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Pamela Plath

Birth Date: 1956-03-17
Graduation year: 1974
Deceased Date: 62023-01-15
Pamela Plath Obituary
Pam Plath Obituary
March 17, 1956 - January 16, 2023

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Pamela Plath of Ames, Iowa.

Pamela Plath, age 66, of Ames passed away January 16, 2023 at her home. A private graveside service will be held at the Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Pamela Sue Plath was born to Wesley and Doris (Markt) Plath on March 17, 1956 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She graduated from Ames High School in 1974 and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Iowa State University.

Pam worked for twenty-eight years at Iowa State University. She was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa State Cyclone fan and enjoyed golfing, traveling with her family and knitting.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Pam is survived by her sister; Paula (Doug) Plath-Tenhaeff of Madrid; and nephews: Luke Tenhaeff and Tyler Tenhaeff.

Memorials may be directed to the Family of Pamela Plath to be used to establish a scholarship in her name for future education professionals.
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