Captain Eleven Partytime

Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 12:00 am
By: Doug Lund
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In his blog, Hemmingsen Weighs In, Steve has written about Captain 11, Dave Dedrick’s, 80th birthday bash at Champs Friday night. The following are some photos from the party.Happy Birthday, Pal!"I thought we were just going out for burgers," said Dedrick upon entering the surprise party room with wife MarjeanLongtime friends Ray (brown sweater) and Phil (white sweater) George (in foreground)Danny (Dave’s piano accompanist when he sings) and DortDave and Marjean’s daughter, Sunshine, who pulled off the surprise. Son Dana was there too, of course,but somehow he eluded my camera. Their third son, Davey, who died of AIDS several years ago, would have loved this night.Dave’s two sisters are pictured here..sorry forgot is the lady in the foreground the other in purple. Dave also has an older brother who couldn’t be there. The longevity genes are good in this family.The little guy is, I believe, one of his great nephews.Patty Townsend sits between her daughter and grandaughter. Patty’s husband, Jack, one of the KELOLAND pioneers, died last Fall, The Dedricks and Townsends have been friends since 1955.Keloland oldtimers: LtoR, Me, Dave Dedrick, Steve Hemmingsen, George Ringen, Joe H. FloydMy favorite picture of the evening. Even at 80, the Captain’s love for children still shines through and their facination with him is timeless.May God bless you with many more happy years, my friend.

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