Arthur E. and Ruth Marms of College Place celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Friday.
The couple met while in college and married July 2, 1945, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Ruth's maiden name is Corder.
Arthur served as a surgical technician in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 and spent 27 months overseas in the South Pacific. He participated in five major invasions in the Solomon Islands. He married Ruth while on a 45-day furlough from Manila and was commissioned to return to his outfit. However, at the close of the furlough the war ended and he did not have to return. After the war, he worked in various administrative capacities for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, including six years of mission work in Zambia, Africa. He retired in 1987. His enjoys piloting aircraft, photography, reading and traveling.
Ruth worked as a part-time secretary and is now retired. She enjoys creating documentary scrapbooks and photo albums, music and tending plants and flowers.
The couple have two sons, Leonard A. Harms of Pasco and Dr. Larry Harms of Redlands, Calif.; a daughter, Linda Case of Colorado Springs, Colo.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.