Whenever a group of people get together at a reunion and reminisce, there are bound to be "whatever happened to?" questions. Rip Van Roo, who attended Madison Central High School in the ninth grade and then transferred to West the following year, was one former classmate whose name came up during such a discussion. Most people knew that Rip had died, but few had seen his obituary. Ed Nelson, however, had not only seen it, but he'd clipped it out and saved it for more than 40 years. Ed mailed me the obituary, which I've scanned and posted below:
This obituary was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal in April 18, 1965. At this time, obituaries were still “news stories,” written by newspaper staff, not families.
Doster Robert "Doc" De Haven - Class of 1949 - MADISON - Blow, Gabriel Blow. Beloved father, musician, and teacher, Doster Robert "Doc" De Haven Jr. [age 85], passed to heaven on Friday, Aug. 12, 201...
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