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  1. “In His Steps”

    October 5, 2013 by webmaster

    Karen and I commissioned a work in loving memory of our daughter Stacy. “In His Steps,” by Kevin McChesney, was premiered on Sunday, September 29th, 2013, at McFarlin Methodist church in Norman.

    I want to thank all of you who emailed me about this performance. Karen and I cannot express our appreciation for all your thoughts and prayers.

    One of my former students at Ohio U was at the service and has posted a video on FB
    Look for Dennis F. Roquemore and you will find the post .It was very touching and many asked me to post it. I hope you enjoy it as much as our congregation.

  2. Our thanks to all of you

    October 4, 2012 by Gene

    Karen and I are still rejoicing the incredible memorial service celebrating Stacy’s life.

    Of the hundreds of emails, facebook messages, and cards we’ve received, there was one underlying sentiment.   Everyone “wished they could find words to express their feelings”……….  Like all of you,  we struggle with words to express our appreciation and love.   We found the following and hope it might cover our sincere sentiments.

    Perhaps you sent a lovely card,
        Or sat quietly in a chair.
    Perhaps you sent a floral piece,
          If so, we saw it there.
    Perhaps you spoke the kindest words,
            As any friend could say;
      Perhaps you were not there at all
          Just thought of us that day.
         Whatever you did to console our hearts
       We thank you so much, whatever the part.
          THANK YOU
            Coach, Karen, Dawn and Chad

  3. Stacy Wehrenberg memory book

    September 27, 2012 by webmaster

    Please leave your memories and thoughts of Stacy Wehrenberg here by posting a comment.

    Also read: OU Daily remembrance with university family comments.


  4. Remodeling

    August 7, 2011 by webmaster

    Pardon our dust while we put a more modern look and architecture on this site for the first time since…well, about 1856.

  5. Hey, this thing works! Wow!

    August 17, 2007 by Gene

    IMG_6449.JPGI’m sorry I haven’t updated in so long; technology is too confusing. Plus new digs, trips, and lots of stuff going on! I’ll try to update later this month.

    How do you like the new house?!


    August 17, 2007 by Gene

    A great deal has happened since my last posting November 1. As we were preparing for the Thrailkill Thanksgiving Day gathering, Karen received a phone call that her older sister died of a heart attack. Marilyn would have celebrated her 71st birthday on Thanksgiving day. She had been taking treatments for cancer the past two years and we all felt she was doing well. Her heart must have been weakened by the chemo. Karen and I along with her sister, brother and spouses spent ten days in Illinois attempting to get her sister’s home somewhat cleared out. Much more to be done but at a time next spring.

    One week after our drive home we received another call notifying us that Karen’s first cousin died of cancer on December 11. Karen’s family is very close and it’s so tough losing two of the ten-cousin group in quick succession.

    The good news is the OU Women’s Basketball team is ranked number 3 nationally and is 10-0. We were going to travel again in February; however, we are reluctant to leave town during basketball season. The new house is another reason to stay home. I think we should close around the middle of January followed by the big move from the “old homestead” of 35 years. A friend of ours who built a new home told me he thought moving would be bad but it was worse! That makes us feel good.

    Dawn’s orchestra has given three concerts and attended a contest. She has learned quickly the difference between teaching middle school and high school. Needless to say she is looking forward to Christmas break.

    Stacy and Michael celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on New Year’s Eve and guess who will baby sit that night. It will be the first time Abby has stayed over night with Maw Maw and Paw Paw.

    With the loss of two loved ones and the birth of our fifth grandchild last July it has been a year of very mixed emotions. It has made both Karen and me realize how fortunate we are to have our health, family and friends. May the good Lord be with you and yours this holiday season.


    November 1, 2006 by Gene

    Fall has been somewhat unexpected as Karen and I had made plans to take HaRV (our 5th wheel) to Georgia for a wedding and take four weeks enjoying the color change in NC, TN and AR. The best laid plans! As new house responsibilities escalated the decision was made to stay home.

    The house is entering an exciting stage. The trim carpenters are finished and the painters show up tomorrow. After a badly needed rain, the ground has dried out, the yard preparation begins this week with the sprinkler system installed and sod being laid. Hopefully the landscaping can be done prior to cold weather. Actually it is not the new house that has our attention at this point in time. Karen reminds me that we have but 45 days to sift through 35 years of “stuff” before moving and getting the old homestead ready to put on the market. I hate to admit it but I turn 68 tomorrow and some might think all this activity will keep me young – however……………………

    We have done some traveling with a weekend trip each month with our camping club. Last month we stayed at Lake Texoma and had dinner with Jim and Sally Faulconer. They have moved to the lake and have built a gorgeous home with all the windows on three floors facing the lake. It was good to see them and rehash our days at OU.

    The days are counting down to the opening of OU Women’s Basketball season. It is exciting for Chad as they had a great recruiting year and are rated from #3 to #7 in national polls. The women’s team has out sold the men’s team in season tickets and expect 10,000 to 12,000 for home games. What a change from ten years ago when the women were drawing 68 per game.

    Dawn is semi enjoying her change to high school teaching. After 19 years in middle school she moved to Putnam City High School. The verdict is still out at this writing.

    Stacy and Michael are enjoying life with Abby (2.5 years old). I included her day care photo. She is a handful to say the least.Abby1006wallpaper2.jpg

    Had a great day at OU Homecoming and never have enough time to talk to everyone. I will end this with one more reminder to Rita Heath that my web site is now “up to date!”

    Hope all is well with you and yours.
    Boomer Sooner – coach

  8. What a COOL Summer!!!

    August 16, 2006 by Gene

    Karen and I departed June 16 and headed for the Colorado mountains. We started the trip with a week in Ruidoso, NM where Karen cashed in $172 at a nickel slot machine at the Micalaro Apache Casino. Next were four days in Chama, NM (I caught some Kokane salmon) and four days in Durango, a city we really enjoyed. On July 1 we joined friends from our HitchHiker RV Club and made the climb to Silverton (10,000 ft) where we spent one week. We took jeep rides up numerous trails to over 12,000 feet and saw some incredible sights. July 4 in Silverton was so much fun. We attended the parade in the morning followed by a band concert in the city park by the Silverton Brass Band. After a picnic, we watched the fireworks set off on the mountainside and the explosions reverberating through the mountain range were awesome.

    We spent time in Ouray and Gunnison where I fished and caught some nice trout. Sidetrips to check out Lake City, Telluride, and Montrose were fun. Then on to a week in Breckenridge (Frisco and Dillon) and a week in Estes Park. We found all the sites we visited had ample places for Karen to shop and we are almost ready to fill the Christmas stockings. We found a beautiful mountain scene photo to hang over the mantel of our new house. Returning home through Kansas was the first time in six weeks we had to use our air conditioner – not to mention put up with 40 mph wind.

    When we left Oklahoma in June our new house had the stem wall up. When we arrived home the windows were installed, they were preparing to put on the roofing, and the brick had been delivered. It certainly is taking shape.

    Saide Thrailkill day two.jpgThe EXCITING NEWS is that we are once again grandparents. April and Chad were blessed with a 6 pound-14 ounce girl. Sadie Jo Thrailkill was born on July 17, almost three weeks early. Mother and baby are fine and we are all ecstatic. Sadie makes our fifth grandchild and I think I am safe in saying she is the last one.

    Chad's Family.jpgIt is always good to return home – now we anticipate Karen’s family reunion, my 50th class reunion, and a trip to Georgia for our nephew’s wedding.

    We were excited about the upcoming Sooner season; however, after the decisions of a couple of 20-year-old prima donnas, that is all up for grabs. I have always respected Paul Thompson and although our national championship hopes have been dampened, I still think OU will have a good season. As I have been reminded several times this week, “there is always Sooner Women’s Basketball to look forward to.”

    Hope this finds you and yours well. – coach

  9. Wasss Up?

    May 5, 2006 by Gene

    Many things have happened to Karen and I in the past few months to change our lives. We had planned a trip to Colorado for six weeks in July and August; however, the best laid plans….. Chad and April announced they are expecting their fourth child August 6 and since Chad will be out of town recruiting at that time, they may induce labor August 1 (that is if April can wait that long). Boy or girl, no one will know until the birth. Ergo we now are planning an earlier departure to be home for the blessed event. Going to spend time in Ruidoso and Chama, NM – Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Gunnison, Breckenridge, and Estes Park, CO before heading back to 100 degree temperatures in Oklahoma.

    Our present home of 35 years has four bedrooms upstairs and we have dreaded the day in the future when we could no longer climb those twelve steps. We set a date next March to look for an existing one-story home and sell the old homestead. Well, we have learned that at our level of maturity, planning is not all what it is cracked up to be!

    One Sunday afternoon, I convinced Karen to at least look at several new homes on the market today and see what we might expect when we started looking next spring. Well, Monday we signed on the dotted line to build a new home in Norman. In attempting to down size from our present 2400 square feet, we now stand at 2600; however, we have everything we ever desired in a home and are both very excited. In justifying the decision, we have decided you only live once. It was quite comical as we made numerous decisions, we kept being told “you might want to consider the resale value.” The builder soon discovered we did not wish to hear the “R” word as we do not plan on being around to worry about the resale value. The building process will take 8 months and puts us at just about the right time to put our house on the market.

    Summer is just around the corner and we are busy attending soccer and T-Ball games. Hope this finds you and yours well.

  10. A New Beginning

    April 24, 2006 by Gene

    Thanks to Matt Deatherage it has become easier for me to post the THRAILKILL UPDATES and hopefully I will make greater use of this method. Possibly it will not be 2 years between entries. Karen and I have been very busy and look forward to sharing new times with those who might be interested.

    Back to A2 after 45 years.jpg Karen and I visited Ann Arbor for the first time since graduation day in May of ’60. My how things change in 46 years (except K & I)