Military Alumni

Military Alumni

Honoring Our Heroes

This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

Lost Class Rings

Have you lost your Shawnee Mission West High School class ring? Have you found someone's class ring? Visit our Vikings lost class ring page to search for your class ring or post information about a found ring.

In Memory Of

Debbie Perry (snider)
Debbie Perry (Snider) Class of 1970
Passed Mar 23, 2010
Debbie passed away on March 23, 2010 in Maumelle, AR. She battled ovarian cancer for over 5 years.
James Dennis Lierly
James Dennis Lierly Class of 1969
Passed Feb 05, 2013
Jim was a member of the SMW High School band and I believe he played the saxaphone. He attended KU after graduating high School majoring in Psychology and got his Bachelor's degree in 1973. He worked for social services in Kansas City Missouri and retired from there 2010 I believe and was looking forward to drawing his Social Security in June of 2013!! But Pancreatic cancer is what took Jim from us. He went in for emergency surgery on a Tuesday morning which the doctors gave him very little chance of surviving but then when he did they gave him six months to live but that did not happen, he passed the following Tuesday. Jim was an avid sports fan for all the Kansas City teams and especially his Kansas Jayhawks. Jim was basically the quiet type but would show his enthusiasm when his teams did something good and he was one of the first persons to jump out of his chair and shout for joy when Mario Chalmers hit the three pointer against Memphis to tie & put the 2008 NCAA Championship game into overtime and then go on to win the Championship. Jim watched every game of the Kansas City Chiefs and also his Kansas Jayhawks with myself, my twin brother, Randy Smith and friend s he made by watching the games at Birdie's at 75th and Antioch in Overland Park. But when he started missing games in the late summer and early fall 2012 and winter of 2013 we knew something was wrong and that was because of his pancreatic cancer. Jim liked all types of music but especially early rock and roll. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Electric Light Orchestra, Bob Dylan. Linda Rondstadt and Emmy Lou Harris these were just a few of his favorites. He was a mystery buff as well and liked reading them as well as watching on TV and in movies. James Bond, Charley's Angels, Ellery Queen, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Hawaii Five O, Streets of San Francisco, Miami Vice, The Tokein series Lord of The Rings, Baretta, Then came Bronson, Hawaiian Eye, 77 Sunset Strip, Honey West, and The Avengers. These were just some of his favorites. I know I will miss Jim and am sure other allumni will as well !! I don't have access to a picture of Jim but am working on it !!
James Dennis Ray
James Dennis Ray Class of 1967
Passed Jun 29, 2013
Jim lived an admirable if unexpected life in law enforcement including local law enforcement, state and federal with some time in the secret service. He is the father of 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. He was a Mason, a Shriner(Legion of Honor) and a York Rite(Knights Templar). He passed away on June 29, 2013 from cancer related to his tour of duty in Vietnam and agent orange exposure. Never was a man so loving and so loved.
Jeff Palmisano
Jeff Palmisano Class of 1976
(Passed date unknown)
(no additional information)
Kelsey Smith
Kelsey Smith Class of 2007
Passed Jun 02, 2007
(no additional information)
Peggy Gay Purinton
Peggy Gay Purinton Class of 1969
Passed Dec 28, 2016
My twin, Peggy Purinton, passed away from several pulmonary embolisms on Dec. 28, 2016. Peggy kept her happy spirit despite being wheelchair-bound, suffering kidney and heart failure, diabetes, and other serious health concerns. Her last two years were really tough. She is out of pain and at peace now. I miss her tremendously. Pamela Purinton
Prudy Boan
Prudy Boan Class of 1966
(Passed date unknown)
Prudy Boan was my sorority sister (Phi Mu) at Baker University the year 1966-1967. She was a wonderful sister and athlete. I was sorry to read of her passing on this site. She must have been an excellent coach for Shawnee Mission West!
Prudy Boan
Prudy Boan Class of 1977
Passed Jun 24, 2007
While Prudy wasn't a member of the class of '77, she was a vital part of SMW as a teacher and coach and motivated many of us to be better athletes and people.
Robert Henry Bryant
Robert Henry Bryant Class of 1966
Passed Dec 30, 2008
My brother Robert lived an exceptional life centered around family, church, community and career. Please read his obituary on-line at the KC Star. And please sign the guestbook, also. Thank you very much.
Ann Bryant
(Class of '69 in a Houston, TX H.S.)
Robert Henry Bryant
Robert Henry Bryant Class of 1969
Passed Dec 30, 2008
My brother Robert was a member of SMW Class of '66. Sadly, he passed away December 30, 2008. Please read his obituary on-line in the KC Star.
-Ann Bryant
Steve Pederson
Steve Pederson Class of 1966
Passed Oct 28, 2011
Steve made it to the "66er's turnin' 60" three years ago, and we are sure glad that he made it since he was not able to make it to our 45th. Steve's great smile and sparkling blue eyes remain with us as well as his jokes, and his gentle and subtle sarcasm.
Steve was instrumental in setting up our SMW '66 page along with Paula Lanyon Lubert, a dear friend. We will remember you good friend and will weep not for the wonderful memories we shared. Further information can be found on Frank Patton's web site--
Steven W. Cook
Steven W. Cook Class of 1970
Passed Jul 10, 2014
(no additional information)
Sylvia Helga Plaster Tehrani
Sylvia Helga Plaster Tehrani Class of 1966
Passed Jul 04, 2010
Born: Nov. 19, 1948
Lived: Kansas City, Mo.
Age: 61
Teresa Fortune (tierney)
Teresa Fortune (Tierney) Class of 1972
Passed Oct 09, 2007
Teresa was my cousin. She passed away in October, 2007. She is dearly missed by her family and friends.

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