Tag: SunBird Personalities

SunBird Personalities

Trisha and Ron Russell

Bob Neuman For SunBird residents, most would wink at St. Patrick’s Day and move on. Others might guzzle a green beer or attempt a geriatric Irish jig. But it is more symbolic for Trisha and Ron Russell who chose that event for their wedding 43 years ago. Both grew up in Salem, Oregon. Each attended…

SunBird Personalities

Van Christman

Bob Neuman Things you don’t know about this gentleman. 1. He loves to golf and has scored five holes-in-one. 2. He sailed to England on the Queen Mary. 3. He and some military buddies were in town having a few and watching a young lady being tattooed in a shop. Invited in, Van had the…

SunBird Personalities: Jodie and BettiSue Perkins

From left to right are Dale and Diane Stokke, Carolyn and Ron Jarvis, Don and Elaine Friesen and Sharon and Terry Eade.

Bob Neuman With his six brothers and sister, a young boy lived on a farm in Arcadia, Oklahoma, a town even now with 247 people. At the same time, a young girl was maturing in California and would eventually play an important part in the boy’s life. Like his relatives, Jodie Perkins learned to play…

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Pat and Jerry Younger with their guard dog Abby

Bob Neuman For 12 years, Pat and Jerry Younger traveled back and forth from their Omaha home to winter in SunBird, but last fall things changed. As Pat related, “We moved to SunBird in 2014 because we love the people and needed to get down to one home. Winter temps are wonderful, but I am…

SunBird Personalities

Gene and Elizabeth Gulliver

Bob Neuman A long time ago, in Albany, New York, a group of high school cheerleaders walked into a café where a partition divided it from the bar where some uniformed soldiers sat. One of the girls asked Elizabeth to go into the bar to have a look, but dissuaded by the rest, she merely…

SunBird Personalities: Audrey Dolezal

Audrey Dolezal

Bob Neuman If you have met Audrey Dolezal, you recognize three characteristics immediately. She still has her Australian dialect, looks to be no older than 60 and obviously has a wonderful zest for life. This fascinating lady was born in 1928 and raised in Sydney along with a brother and sister. The Great Depression swept…

SunBird Personalities – Hank and Pat Miller

Hank and Pat Miller

Bob Neuman Ask this couple what they dislike about SunBird and you will receive a quick and candid answer – nothing! “We like the community, the friendly people, and think Layne is the best manager there is. We hope he never leaves,” said Hank Miller as his wife, Pat, nodded an agreement. After visiting in…

SunBird Personalities – Elaine and Don Friesen

Bob Neuman “East is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet.” – Rudyard Kipling Not always so, however. After many years, Elaine and Don Friesen eventually did connect after running similar courses but miles apart. Elaine and her three brothers were born on a dairy farm in Kittitas, Washington. Her parents…

SunBird Personalities – February 2015

Jane and Earl Ferguson

Bob Neuman Jane and Earl Ferguson moved to SunBird on New Year’s Day 1992 after two months of exploring other retirement areas from California to Casa Grande, where a resident suggested SunBird. The couple liked what they saw and still do. They switched to full time residents in 2003. “Visitors will say, ‘Do you know…

SunBird Personalities – January 2015

Bing and Sharon Solomon

Bob Neuman The Viet Nam War, between South and North Viet Nam, finally ended in 1973, but not before 58,000 Americans died. The divisive war had become increasingly unpopular in our country and led to riots on college campuses, often spilling into the streets, as in the incident at Kent State. Our military, which had…