Bob and Maejul Gannon of Milton-Freewater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the Oregon Coast, as a gift from their children. A barbecue for the Gannons was hosted at the home of their daughter and son-in-law.
They met at a sock hop at high school. The first dance was a mixer where boys drew numbers from one bucket and girls for another and theirs matched. They became high school sweethearts and married three years later on Aug. 11, 1961, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Rapid City, S.D. Maejul's maiden name is Alexander.
Bob was in the shoe business for 20 years. After working for Kinney Shoes for many years, he owned and operated Gannon's Shoe Tree in Walla Walla during the 1970s until 1981. He then operated Bob's Yard Care and Landscaping in Walla Walla for 25 years. He semi-retired when he sold the business. He is now in the transport business. He belonged to the Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge, Exchange Club and the Knights of Columbus. His hobbies are RVing, going to Arizona in the winter and traveling. He enjoys auctions and wheeling and dealing, and doing things with the children and grandchildren.
For many years, Maejul was was bookkeeper for both of the family businesses and also was office manager for Catholic Children and Family Services for 12 years. She is now employed part-time for Health Quest Wellness Center. She belonged to the Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Zonta International, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and Kirkman House Museum. Her hobbies include collecting vintage clothing, hats and shoes and putting on style shows for charity. She enjoys reading, traveling, babysitting grandchildren and time with the family.
They have a daughter, Shari Entrikin, and two sons, Shawn and Shad Gannon, all of Walla Walla; and eight grandchildren.