Memorials & Tributes

Honoring our BAHS family and friends

It’s always tragic to lose one of our own. But they will live forever in our memories. Here is a forum for us to share some of those special moments with the rest of the Bonn American High School Family.

Jim Sorah
Class of 1976

Jim Sorah

passed away on the heels of the 2024 reunion

Years in  Bonn: 1972 to 1975

In Bonn 1973 - 1995

Sarah Ann Butterbaugh

June 18, 1936 — February 16, 2024 Washington Township

Class of 1976

Jeff McClelland

passed away 1987

Class of 1975

Assaf Ben Horin

passed away Februar, 17th, 2000

Assaf Ben Horin
Class of 1986

Neill Mooney

passed away January 19th, 2023

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Class of 1993

Katherine Terkun

November. 13, 1978 - September 14, 2021

Katherine Terkun
Class of 1985

Bettina von den Steinen

August 21, 1968 - September 29, 1912

Class of 1978

Glen Everett Cowan

August 7, 1960 - September 19, 2021

Dr. Rebecca J. Shoden
Class of 1972

Dr. Rebecca J. Shoden

Dr. Rebecca J. Shoden passed away on September 19, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Class of 1972

Nils Urman

Nils passed away on October 14, 2021.

Class of 19..

Larry Allaman

Larry Allaman passed away peacefully April 28th, 2020, in Vail, Arizona, at age 83, with his family at his side.

Class of 1973

Mike Lauderdale

I just learned from his sister that he left us as a result of a medical complication. God rest his soul in peace. Mike was honored for his outstanding athletic performance.

Donald Jones
Bonn from 77-79

Donald Jones

Donald Jones passed away on 9 March 2020. He was only 54 yrs old.

Class of 1976

Tami McGinnis

Tami passed away on April 26th 2019 in Springfield Missouri. Tami was a member af the Class of 1976 at Bonn American High School, Germany. She will be missed by her familie and friends

Class of 1991

Thomas Zilian

Thomas Zilian, 46, of Portsmouth, RI, died unexpectedly at his home on April 2, 2019. Tom was born into his military family in Wiesbaden, Germany, and attended high schools in Portsmouth and also Bonn, Germany. He was a Fellow of the Bonn Crusaders – Class of 91.

Bonn from 19073 to 1976

Jeffrey Edward Dye

Giving tribute to a friend and my teacher in BAHS from 73-76. In 1972, Jeff was hired by the Department of Defense Education Activity. His first assignment was Bonn American High School, Germany. He taught Biology, Computers and Human relations. His last destination was Guam-Okinawa where he lived with his wife Rosa and passed away suddenly on, March 23, 2018.

December 16, 1944-March 23, 2018
Class of 1982

Beulah Nel (Els)

Our beloved Beulah passed away unexpectedly at her home in South Africa in the night of 30 January 2017. She was a successful Business woman and Entrepreneur, a supermom and in general the sun in many peoples lives. She is being missed tremendously by family, friends and colleagues. Beulah attended BAHS from 1976-1982, a real Crusader at heart. Gone but never forgotten.

Years in Bonn ...

Marcia Geyer

Marcia Geyer passed away peacefully September 28, 2017 in Melbourne, FL. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Marcia Geyer’s life.

Date of Birth : July 15 1939
Years in Bonn ...

Patricia Degen

She died peacefully in her sleep in the morning of December 07.2017, at the age of 88.

Class of 1976

George John D'Louhy

George John D’Louhy, 55, of Seattle, died unexpectedly on May 10, 2015. He was born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on October 3, 1959 and was the son of Jacqueline Nelson D’Louhy and the late George Joseph D’Louhy. He was active in high school sports, playing football, wrestling and soccer. George frequently spoke of his many fond memories at the Bonn American High School in Bad Godesberg, Germany. He sure was a real Crusader.

October 3, 1959 – May 10, 2015
Class of 19..

David Boswell

He was an amazing man and he will be missed tremendously.

Years in Bonn ...

James R. Manuel

James R. “Jim” Manuel, age 80, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 12, 2014, at the Winchester Hospital. After teaching in South Korea Jim came to Germany where he made life long relationships with his students in Bonn, Munich, and Heidelberg. Jim’s passion for teaching young minds was incredible; he not only made teaching fun, but he made his student’s believe in themselves and strive to be whatever they wanted to be. He is remembered by numerous Students and left a deep impression in their lives.

October 3, 1959 – May 10, 2015
Johann Westerhorstmann
Years in Bonn ...

Johann Westerhorstmann

Johann Westerhorstmann, former student of the Bonn American High School Class of 1981, passed on July 27, 2014 near his home in Baumholder, Germany. Johann was a successful businessman, loving husband to his wife, Bettina, and loving father for his three daughters, and a great brother to his three brothers, Joe, Matt and Marc, all of whom also attended the Bonn American High School in their youths. His family and his dear friends really miss Johan, and we will forever remember his tender smile and great quiet humor. God bless you, Johann!

February 10.1963 – July 27.2014
Years in Bonn 1973 - 1995

Michael S. Butterbaugh

Michael S. Butterbaugh. Born March 6, 1935 in North Manchester, Indiana and died Dec. 7, 1998 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mr. Butterbaugh was the Guidance Counselor at BAHS from 1973-1995. He was one-of-a-kind: a true champion of kids, someone who always wanted to help them succeed and reach their goals. He absolutely loved his job and enjoyed helping students each and every day. He was always upbeat and encouraging; and he always could find something special and positive about each and every student he met. Mr. Butterbaugh was an avid sports fan (especially Cubs baseball) and loved being the “Voice if tge Crusaders” as the announcer at all of the BAHS sporting events.

March 6, 1935 - Dec. 7, 1998
Years in Bonn ...

KARIN R. HAHN (Age 62)

Died on March 28, 2017 after prolonged illness. Beloved daughter of Gerard J. Hahn and Dorothy A. (Bothwell) Hahn; sister of Kathy Costello, Wellesley, MA, Susan Hahn, Arnold, MD and Rod Hahn, Reston, VA. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Michael Costello and Tony Kominoth; nieces; Liz Bae (and her husband, Stephen Bae), Christy Costello and Jennifer Costello; great-nieces, Olivia Bae and Hannah Bae; and aunts, Roberta Bothwell and Nelly Bothwell…

... – March 28, 2017
Class of 1975

Christopher Wolsky

Christopher Wolsky was Born 1957. Chris was at BAHS from 1972-1975. He was one-of-a-kind: a true champion of Sports, someone who always wanted to go beond his limits to succeed and reach his goals. He definitly left this world to early.

1957 -
Years in Bonn: 72-77

Mr. Mel Thake

English teacher and Football coach

Class of 1976

Steven Forris Kimbrough

Killed by an traffic accident.

November 7,1958 - January 5, 2010
Steven Forris Kimbrough
Class of 1971
Years in Bonn: 1990 - 1999

Fred Carlton Evans

Age 83, left his family and friends on January 29, 2021. He was born in Stanley, WI on December 9, 1938.He taught English and drama at BAHS from 1990 until the school closed in 1997. He taught English and drama at BAHS from 1990 until the school closed in 1997, and then continued at BIS for two more years.

December 9, 1938 - January 29, 2021
John Turner
Class of 1978

Nov. 12. 1960 – Dec. 10. 2010

Gone, but not forgotten

Celebrating the lives of the Bonn American High School Family and Friends