I met Penny Stiner in 1948 when her family joined the church I attended. I was a senior at Classen in Oklahoma City and she was a sophomore at Putnam City. We dated.


I met Penny Stiner in 1948 when her family joined the church I attended. I was a senior at Classen in Oklahoma City and she was a sophomore at Putnam City. We dated.

 


“Ain’t Love Great”

 


June 1950, the Korean War started, I graduated and joined the U.S. Navy for a four-year tour of duty. I had a 30-day furlough. During this time, Penny and I saw a lot of each other. Penny graduated in May of 1952. For graduation, I sent her a one-way ticket to Hawaii. She left the next day to travel from Oklahoma City to Hawaii to marry a guy she had not seen in 11/2 years.

 


“Ain’t Love Great”

 


I’m the only one she knew at the wedding.

 

I was stationed at Barbers Point Ford Island, Pearl Harbour, courtesy of the U.S. Navy. We had a 11/2-year honeymoon in Hawaii.

 

Our first son was born during this time (Hawaii was not a state yet).

 


“Ain’t Love Great”

 


We came back to Oklahoma City in 1954. Our daughter was born that year, while I attended Central State University in Edmond and Penny took care of the kids.

 


“Ain’t Love Great”

 


My first full-time job was with the YMCA in Seattle, Wash., and in 1958, our third child was born. Penny had her hands full raising kids. Once the kids got in school, she pursued her own nursing career and began working full time.

 


“Ain’t Love Great”

 


We came to Ardmore in 1971 and been here ever since.

 

We decided to have our 50th anniversary in Ardmore and hosted our family reunion at the same time (Penny’s side) in 2002.

 

Of course, we had a Hawaiian theme, songs, flowers, leis and aloha shirts. My best man of 50 years ago did his same job. Penny’s longtime school friend was there. Penny’s brother (minister) performed the vow renewals. All the family that missed the first vows were there.

 


“Ain’t Love Great”

 


After three children, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, we are still growing strong. On May 28, 2011, we will have been married 59 years.