Ernest Launer and Shirley Parker were united in marriage in the chapel at Ft. Bliss, Texas, on September 8, 1953.
After Ernest's service in the Army at Ft. Bliss and England, they returned home to farm in the Little Indian area in Cass County, later moving into Virgina where they still reside.
They are parents of two daughters, Marcia (husband, David) Stratton of Springfield and Jeannine (husband, Michael) Cox of Virginia. They have four grandchildren, Ryan and Erin Stratton of Springfield, Drew Cox of Virginia and Tyler (wife, Tiffany) Cox of Harrisburg, Mo. and one great-grandchild, Atley Cox.
They will hold a family dinner to celebrate. Cards may be sent to 502 W. Cass St., Virginia, Ill 62691.