Pete Deren

Profile Updated: May 18, 2018
Residing In: Anchorage, AK USA
Pre-Retirement Occupation: Sales Rep for DHL Global Forwarding
Spouse/Partner: Patty
Children: Nicole - born 1991
Chris - born 1995
Military Service: Foreign Legion  
How did you find our class website?

Someone found me - I think it was Bob Rehberg

If you could build a second house anywhere, where would it be?

Too many beautiful places in this world but Costa Rica - on the beach or somewhere warm that has great flats fishing out my front door.

Christmas Islands
Abacos Islands
Frasier Island - Australia
Ko Samui - Thailand

Do you still have family that live around Crystal Lake?

Mom & brother

Mom in Delavan, brother in Lake Geneva.

How often do you get back to Crystal Lake?

Once in 20 yrs

Would you ever move back to the Crystal Lake area?

Midwest has many pluses and would consider Wisconsin over Illinois.

What got you into the kind of work you are or were doing?

I was in the food brokerage business for 10 yrs and had friends in the transportation business, more appealing at the time.

What previous jobs did you do?

landscaper,garbage man,driver/loader meat packing plant,apple picker,laborer-hod carrier,taxi driver,log home builder,commercial fisherman, techinician for Dept of Fish & Game,sales -food broker, sales transportation - oh I almost forgot, part time exotic male dancer!

What did you do immediately following high school?

Went to M.C.C. for 1 1/2 yrs , draft went to lottery, I had a number in the 300's so was able to get a letter from Draft Board to leave the country. Took off for Austalia, New Zealnd, New Guinea - gone 1 1/2 yrs. Most memoriable trip - real eye opener.

What do you see yourself doing in 2029?

Would be nice if it was at that Costa Rican dwelling but most likely still up here freezing my butt off during the winter wondering when will I be able to leave here for good or why am I still here.
Cross my fingers!

How long have you been married?

20 years of pure bliss


I'm not telling because i don't know how many.

What else would you like to share about your life since CLCHS?

Haven't become a true "sourdough" yet.

1. Sleep with a squaw
2. P-ss in the Yukon River
3. Kill a bear

Haven't killed that bear yet

School Story:

Too many to remember and I'd get a lot of people in trouble including myself !!!!

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Since there's a bit of distance from most of my friends I have to rely on the phone & e-mail.
People I try to keep in contact with are Bob Rehberg, Bob Harney, Phil Reynolds, Tom Shields, Tom Butcher( here in AK), Suzie Rosenthal. Tom Higgins finally decided I was still alive and sent me an e-mail - thx Tom.
Gerald Wilhelmi was able to tap out an e-mail or two with his 3 good fingers after his near death roll over.

What have been the high points of your life since high school?

Climb Mt McKinley twice - boring so decided to do a winter ascent on the north face of Mt Foraker. That's a mountain next to Mt McKinley- steeper.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Fish & hunt (preferrably with my bow)

Favorite places to visit?

Warm spots - Hawaii / Maui & Big Island

Mexico - Cancun

These are the closest places for us to go to thaw out during the winter.

Places you want to visit but have not yet done so?

Too many to name

What would we be surprised to know about you?

Hot tubbing with Sarah Palin.

Work for the CIA part time.

Profesional Guide for big game

"Iron Man" qualifier

Did you have any nicknames in school you wish to share?

My real name says it all doesn't it - Peter !

Any current nicknames you wish to share?

Hell no!

What are your memories of high school?

Keeping my parents in the dark of what really was happening during school, after school & on weekends.
Favorite place to hang out: ventilation shaft in HVAC system during PE class. Mezzanine section of gymnasium where trampoline & ropes were. Atleast until we got caught by Roy Nystrom.

What’s your favorite memory of CLCHS?

The characters I went to school with.

Who was your favorite teacher at CLCHS and why?

Jim Weaver - Biology or Mr Tingleff(sp?) - Algebra, he had hands like catchers mitts. When someone would upset him he'd slap the chalk board, chalk flying everwhere, and then pause looking up in the air and slowly suck in air between his teeth and with that Texas draul "Deren you gottah invert & multiply on these. Think you can get that through your thick skull ? "
Jim Weaver - cool dude,he could "relate" with you.

What famous or interesting people have you met?

George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, The Pope,Ted Nugent,Helen Keller,BB King,Rod Stewart, Mikhail Gorbachev and more.

What cool things have you done? (Cool being defined as whatever YOU think is cool!)

Not many - I'm a dud

Any words of wisdom?

Live life to the fullest if you can - we only have one.

Watched the sunrise with someone? Tell us about it!

Many times -here in AK during the summer sun goes down around 2 or 3 AM depending time of year and it's back up around 3:30. So if you fishing late you can just continue fishing thru the evening into the next day no problem. Bears like it that time of day also. So when hiking or walking along the river you need to be aware they're around.

What animal would you be if you could choose one?

Gyr Falcon - fast,agile and an efficient hunter

Have you ever just sat outside in the rain?

Too many times !!!!

Where were you born?

C.L. - Sherman Hospital (Elgin)

Name something you love.

Thought a long time on this one - there are so many - family, fishing & hunting, outdoors, etc.. but then it came to me - ????

Had to change this because I'd be in trouble.

How do you relax? (Mentally and/or physically!)

If a sunny summer day - a pair of shorts on a chase lounge with an IPA (beer).
On a nice a fall day - Kenai River catching those rainbows.

When was the last time you belly laughed?

With Bob Rehberg - June 09'

Class reunion !!! Great time

Anything else we should know?

I have a "bridge" to invest in if anyone is interested.

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Mar 12, 2020 at 9:46 AM

A Belated Happy 69th to you Roger—

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A belated 69th Birthday Wish !!

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Feb 26, 2020 at 7:24 AM

Mark - great seeing you at the reunion. Happy BDay to you !! Hope it’s an enjoyable day for you.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICK !! And thank you again to you & John for organizing the reunion.
Had a great time seeing everyone—

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Happy Birthday ??????????keep em coming !!

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A belated HAPPY BBIRTHDAY Nance !! ????

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Jul 02, 2017 at 3:34 AM

I feel Laura's class picture says it all about her as I remember her. Always had a smile on her face and a pleasant demeanor. Sad to see her leave this world  ----

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Sad to hear about John Radke - another person in our class that always seem to be good natured and easy to laugh and laugh with. As someone said here recently "'we're getting closer to the top of the page". Get out & enjoy what time we have left -- goes too quickly

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My son Chris May 2017 , 21yrs
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Beautiful fillet!!
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My son Chris May 2017 , 21yrs
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Beautiful fillet!!
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Happy today - caught a cpl nice king salmon . Kept one for the barbie!! Good eats
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