Dick and Kathy Madson of Milton-Freewater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 6, 2013.
Theirs was one of the first marriages to take place in the new Spokane Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sept. 6, 1953. Kathy’s maiden name is Post.
They lived in College Place while Dick finished his education at Walla Walla College. He graduated with a bachelor’s in business and a minor in history.
Dick became an accountant for the small regional Western Alaska Airlines in Dillingham, Alaska, and they headed north in 1959. Kathy worked for the state of Alaska.
In 1960 they became involved in a Bristol Bay salmon fishery, which they continue to operate and participate in. They also had other business ventures — the Dillingham Commercial Co., Dillingham Hotel and a laundromat.
In 1973 they moved to Kodiak, Alaska, when the airline merged with Kodiak Airways. Dick continued working with that airline and Kathy continued working for the state.
They helped Maranatha build the first Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kodiak.
They returned to College Place in 1995 and became involved in Gospel Outreach, a volunteer ministry.
They enjoy traveling, gardening, working at Gospel Outreach and spending time with family and friends.
They are members of the Village Church in College Place.
They have two daughters and sons-in-law, Kristi and Dale Christofferson of Kodiak and Karie and Jon Rackley of Kennewick; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.