Friday Jan 14 2011
Kurtz couple soars at 61 years
By: Submitted Don and Marilyn Kurtz
Prior to getting married in 1949, Marilyn produced gas masks for the war effort at Jantzen Knitting mills in Portland, Ore. Don was off training to be a fighter pilot for the U S Army Air Corps. Then we got engaged. We bought some raffle tickets and Marilyn won a Tucker automobile — that is a story in itself. We got married, bought a houseboat on the Willamette River for $2,500 and had a ball for over two years. We moved to California in 1951 when we learned that there was sunshine here versus lots of rain in Oregon. We bought a ranch outside San Jose and rode our horses for the next 25 years. We skied for 55 years all over the Western states, plus outdoor activities. Don retired but Marilyn said no and became a travel agent. We had a wonderful time traveling to over a dozen countries. Last October we celebrated our 61st anniversary by parasailing at Kona on the big island of Hawaii. We feel very blessed that the Lord has given us good health and opportunities. We are not done yet.