Walter F. Gabel, 1950 – St. Augustine, FL; October 2010: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of Rex Melton. He was a true mentor to a cocky bunch of budding foresters at Camp Blue Jay, 1948.
      I retired in 1991 and moved to FL after 34½ years with the Delaware Forest  Service (formerly State Forestry Department). Classmates and USFS friends are welcome anytime.”
Melton and Gabel

Instructor Rex Melton taking a break at lunch time.  Camp Blue Jay, Allegheny National Forest, summer 1948.  W. F. Gabel, observing.

Norman MartinNorman M. Martin
, 1950 – Norm Martin died October 20, 2010, in Erie, PA. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. Upon his return from the war, he graduated with a degree in forestry from Penn State where he was a member of the Tau Phi Delta forestry fraternity. He retired from the Lyman Felheim Co. where he was a sales manager. Memorial contributions may be made to Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2816 Elmwood St. Erie, PA 16508, Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation 130 West 8th Street Erie, PA 16501, or the Multiple Sclerosis Society PO Box 8152, Erie, PA 16505. (From obituary in Erie Times News).

Dean Quinney, 1950 – Purcellville, VA.

Walter R. “Dick” Rossman, 1950 – Ebensburg, PA. October 2010: “Mary and I recently celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. We are grateful for the many wonderful years, friends, and experiences we have had. We recently became great grandparents to Maxwell Luca Myers.”

Paul “Sunshine” Shogren, 1951 – Oakland, MD; November 2010: “It has been 60 years since graduation. Egad, time to reminisce. About what? Past accomplishments vacations, tall fishing tales, slowness due to age? Not really.
      By the Holy Old Mackinaw, it is about a glorious journey and the privilege to practice conservation, serve in the military, play the Game of Scouting, contribute to church and community, and most importantly being married to a wife putting up with frequent moves, changes of direction all the while maintaining a sane household! Add to that, classmate contacts, Mont Alto reunions, and knowing Divine Providence has been there all the time. May our tribe increase. Go get ’em stump jumpers! Excelsior.” See Sunshine’s request for summer camp memories.

Long-time Forestry/Scouting Buddies Meet at Jamboree

On 29 July, Ted Yarosh from Oregon (MA 1948-49, PSU 1952) and Paul “Sunshine” Shogren from Maryland (MA 1947-48, PSU 1951) met at the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial National Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill, VA. Meeting at a jamboree was not too remarkable in that there were 50,000 campers and thousands of visitors at the same time. What was remarkable was that these buddies have known each other, corresponded, visited each other, and at times camped together for 60 years, having first met at the Forestry School.  
      Both were active in Boy Scouts while growing up in the Pittsburgh area--Yarosh from Aliquippa, and Shogren from Swissvale. They were co-Scoutmasters in Prineville, OR, on the Ochoco National Forest in the late 1950s, then parted ways. Shogren went back East, retiring from a federal career; Yarosh stayed in Oregon to complete his federal career.
      Both are still active in Scouting to this day, Ted as Camp Ranger in Crater Lake Council and Sunshine as Scoutmaster (Emeritus) of Troop 1 of the Potomac Council.  They were able to meet at the jamboree because Ted was Scoutmaster of hiS council’s jamboree troop, and Sunshine was visiting his sister Sandra (the designer of a 1950s PSFS patch) in Williamsburg, VA. Fort A.P. Hill is on the way home for Sunshine.
      Please note that, because of the muggy, rainy, weather, Ted wore his official Scout shorts and Sunshine his unofficial “high water” trousers! Both look forward to more years in Scouting and perhaps another get-together somewhere between Maryland and Oregon.
Shogren and Yarosh

Yarosh (left) and Shogren (right)

Oscar C. Tissue, Jr.,
1951 – Clinton, MS.

Stanley RappStanley R. “Stan” Rapp, 1952 – Stan Rapp passed away on January 2, 2011 at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Oregon. He was president of our SFR Alumni Group 2001-2003.
      After graduating from New Kensington High School in 1948, Stan entered Penn State University with the ROTC program. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years. After his honorable discharge from military service, he moved to Trout Lake to begin working at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He worked a variety of assignments with the U.S. Forest Service on the west coast and retired following his final assignment in Riverside, CA. He then founded a real estate company and worked until 1984 when he retired again, and moved to Trout Lake, where he lived the rest of his life.
      In view of his lifelong support of missionaries, memorials may be made payable to Mt. Adams Baptist Church, Trout Lake with a separate note mentioning the Stanley Rapp Memorial Mission Fund. (From obituary from Gardner Funeral Home).

Carl Rebele
, 1952 – Swanton, MD. From the Cumberland Times News, July 29, 2010: “A special ceremony was held recently at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Korean War. The commemoration was hosted by the National Unification Advisory Council Republic of Korea, Washington Chapter, and its purpose was to express appreciation to the U.S. soldiers who served in the three-year war (1950-53). Garrett County was represented at the reception and dinner by Korean War veteran Carl Rebele."

Porter H. Gearhart
, 1953 – Porter Gearhart died August 29 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was an active Penn State alumnus and supporter throughout his life. He was also a devoted member of the Tau Phi Delta Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Air Force and achieved the rank of major before retiring in 1961. He then worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a timber management assistant for 32 years, retiring in 1996. A long-time resident of Warren, PA, Porter was an avid trap shooter and member off the Sheffield Rod and Gun Club and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Those wishing to do so, may make memorial donations to the Sheffield Rod and Gun Club or the Warren County Humane Society. (From information at

Temple A. “Temp” Reynolds
, 1954 – Temp Reynolds passed away on December 24, 2010, in Page, Arizona.
      From the Reynolds family: Temp was born in Frederick, MD, but grew up in Pennsylvania where his father was employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He spent his early summers at a family cabin on a small lake in northeastern Pennsylvania where he fell in love with the outdoors and learned early on how to fish and to operate a boat—two of his life-long passions. After graduation with a B.S. in Forestry in 1954, he moved west to Logan, UT, where he earned an M.S. in Wildlife Management in 1957 at Utah State University.
      During the 31 years from 1957 until he resigned from directorship of the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 1988, Temp served with three state wildlife agencies and two federal bureaus of the U.S. Department of the Interior. He held a variety of positions ranging from upland game bird research through public information, outdoor recreation planning and grants in-aid management to administration of national parks and statewide natural resources management programs.
      In fall 1996, Temp was recruited to serve the city of Page, AZ, as assistant city magistrate and justice of the peace protempore in the Page/Coconino County Court System. He served in those positions until his death.
      Temp asked that his friends remember him through contributions to the George B. Hartzog, Jr. Educational Loan Program administered by the National Park Service Employees and Alumni Association. The program makes interest free educational loans to children and grandchildren of National Park Service Employees and Alumni. Tax-deductible donations should be sent to the E&AA Educational Program at 470 Maryland Dr., Suite 1, Fort Washington, PA 19034.

Richard W. Schuler
, 1954 – DeLeon Springs, FL;  January 2011: “I graduated in the class of ‘54 and am now owner and operator of Hidden Valley Park in DeLeon Springs, Florida. (Check us on the Internet). We have a nice campground for Boy Scouts, American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations, etc. If you know of any students who would like to come to Florida for a few days or so please let them know they are welcome free of charge. Just have them give me a call or e-mail me. We are close to many outdoor attractions such as the St. Johns River, Ocala National Forest, Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge, and many spring runs that are great for canoeing. I have the canoes and will help them with transport, etc.”

Floyd L. Wiles
, 1954 – Floyd Wiles passed away on December 3, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during World War II. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters and of the Kiwanis, where he held several offices. He was an Eagle Scout and a Scout leader in the Morgantown area. (Excerpted from obituary from Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown, WV).

William F. Vanidestine
, 1956 – Dover, PA.

Charlie Engle
, 1959 – Athens, TN. Nov. 2010: “Married 47½ years to Willa Newdorfer, PSU ’59. Varied career with U.S. Forest Service, Regions 6, 7, and 8. Now have a small arboretum of 250 or so native trees and shrubs. Wish I had paid more attention in W.W. Ward’s dendro class. Very active in Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. John Hall ’59, where are you? Boys, get your PSA checked at least annually. It could be a life saver.”