Don and Eileen Edwards of Milton-Freewater celebrated their 65th anniversary three times. The first celebration was a surprise at the Edwards family reunion in Goldendale, Wash. The second was at the Haeger/Holweger reunion at the Belknap Resort on the MacKenzie River in Oregon. A Dec. 27 dinner at the family home was the site of the third. All of the celebrations were hosted by their children.
The couple met at a church social. They married on Dec. 27, 1944, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wapato, Wash. Eileen’s maiden name is Bitzer.
Don worked on a ranch and Eileen was a dinner cook in a local restaurant. In 1960 they moved to College Place. Don was employed by Milton Nursery. In 1972 they moved to Milton-Freewater and Don worked at the Steen/Schroeder ranch. He retired in 1990.
Eileen worked two years for the Children’s Home Society in Walla Walla and then for Walla Walla College. She retired in 1992.
They like to camp in their fifth-wheel trailer with family and friends. Don likes to hike and backpack. In August 2009 he celebrated his 83rd birthday in the Wallowa Mountains with his daughter and grandson. They were out seven days and hiked more than 50 miles. Eileen enjoys sewing, baking and doing puzzles.
They have a daughter and son-in-law, Twyla and Richard Kruger, a son-in-law Roger and wife Ann Kruger; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Daughter Sandi Kruger died in January 2008.