The Rev. Deal and Lois Van De Grift, formerly of Walla Walla, celebrated their 70th anniversary Saturday, with a reception at their home at Judson Park Retirement Community, 23600 Marine View Drive S., Apt. 349, Des Moines, Wash.
The couple met at church in Canon City, Colo., and married Nov. 21, 1939, in El Monte, Calif. Lois’ maiden name is Anderson. They served as Nazarene pastors in Sierra Madre, Calif.; Sweet Home, Klamath Falls, The Dalles and Rufus, Ore.; Sunnyside, Wash., and Walla Walla.
Deal also was a history teacher and counselor at Walla Walla High School. He designed and built, with the help of his students, the brick structure that houses the memorial bell from the original high school building. For several years he announced and called plays at Wa-Hi home basketball games. In 1972 the Van De Grifts led a student exchange from Wa-Hi to Yamate High School in Yokohama, Japan. The students and chaperones filled a chartered Boeing 707 airplane. He retired in 1981 from Wa-Hi. Deal is a member of the Walla Walla Ministerial Association. He’s also a carpenter, builder, cabinet-maker, hole-in-one golfer and fisherman.
Lois worked in their church ministry leading the choir, teaching Sunday school and youth groups, while raising their children and maintaining parsonages.
The couple have a daughter, Susanne Weathers of Puyallup, Wash.; and son David W. Vandegrift of Kenmore, Wash.
They would be pleased to hear from friends across the years.