Harry and Joyce Goeller will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary this month. They are residents of Patriots Landing in DuPont. A bit of background on these lovebirds:
- Harry was a Klamath Falls, Oregon boy and Joyce was an East Portland, Oregon girl who met at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon…Harry was in the college band and Joyce was a cheerleader! Harry says when he saw her for the first time he knew Joyce was to be his bride….and so it has been for 72 years. His first meeting was at the local Post Office where he asked if she had a stamp he could borrow. She said yes to the stamp and yes to the Justice of the Peace 72 years ago.
- Harry and Joyce have five children, nine grand-children and 13 great grand-children.
- Harry (92 in Feb) and Joyce (91 in April) are part of the generation we call “The Greatest Generation”. Harry made major contributions to the WWII efforts while working at the Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, WA. He was the Chief of Weld Layout where he and his team were vital members of the effort that built the “Baby Flat Tops” and other ships that won the War in the Pacific. A prized photo of Harry’s Weld Layout Crew hangs proudly on their wall in their home at Patriots Landing in DuPont.
- If you asked them the reason for the success of their marriage, they would not hesitate to tell you that it was because they always tried to keep the Lord as the center of their marriage.