Searching for my Father

43 years after my father’s tragic plane crash, I found myself standing at the entrance to the cavern that enveloped his plane, hiking the ravines which held the pieces of his aircraft, sitting in perhaps the very seat that strapped him in when his plane exploded in the Santa Ana Mountains. This was the end of a long chapter in my life but the beginning of another.


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2 thoughts on “Searching for my Father

  1. Ulysses

    Hola! I’ve been following your web site for a long time now and finally got
    the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from New
    Caney Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great work!

  2. Bill Juffernbruch


    I couldn’t sleep last night and for some reason began thinking about your dad and mom. This afternoon when I had some time, I decided to Google Bruce and Barbara Walley and see if I might get a hit when I came across this website. Your writing about your dad and you going to the crash site was very touching. I knew your dad had died in the plance crash. Your mom wrote me about it in her Christmas card the following Christmas. I attended NIU with both of them and knew both very well. I was in your mom’s class during our freshman and sophomore years and then I transfered to another college. We exchanged cards at Christmas for a few years but I eventually lost track of her. Your dad and I were in the same fraternity, Alpha Phi Omaga. I read that your mom met your dad while dating one of your dad’s friends. That friend, Jim Shanebrook, was one of my best friends going all the way back to junior high school. Jim, your mom and a girl I was dating (also named Barb) double dated many, many times. The four of us had a lot of fun together. In fact I’v got some photos we took on one our our outings when the four of us went to Staved Rock State Park for the day. Great memories. Tell me about your mom. When you wrote your parents, you said they were Bruce and Barbara. That word “were” made me think that your mom has passed away. I hope that’s not the case. I would love to call her and talk about our days at NIU. A little bit about myself. Married to Dianne for 51 years, two sons, both attorneys, retired from a company owned by Rubbermaid. I was their Director of Human Resources for many years. We live in Rockford, IL. My email address is If you get back to me and I don’t response right away it’s because we’ve headed out of town for a few days. Hope to hear back from you and if possible could you send me your mom’s phone number. Sincerely, Bill Juffernbruch

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