S: Rodney and Norma Kohler's 50th Anniversary Book
BC: Happy 50th Anniversary!
FC: The First 50 Years of Happily Ever After for Rodney and Norma Kohler
1: This is how their story began in their own words... How I met Norma After serving my mission in the Northern California Mission, I immediately went into the service. I did my training in California at Fort Ord. When I returned home to Union, Oregon, I noticed that all my buddies that I hung out with were either serving missions, away at college, or married. During that period of time the MIA had a class for college age youth. When I attended this class I met Norma and several of the other young people from LaGrande. I was invited to attend the Deseret Club Social that was to be held the following weekend. I attended the social and got better acquainted with Norma. There were a number of things that immediately attracted me to her; her very attractive and spontaneous smile, her fun personality, and ease of carrying on a conversation with her. The fact that she was very attractive didn't hurt. She had eyes of blue, was 5'-2", and was very petite. There were several at the social including Norma who didn't have a ride home so I offered them a ride. I purposely took Norma home last. Usually I had a difficult time carrying on a conversation especially with females. It was very easy to talk to Norma. I asked her out for our first date on the following weekend. Our first date was dinner at Nell's In-and-Out, bowling, and the movies. I think my (bowling) score was a personal best of 235. I enjoyed her company so much I asked her out again and again. How Rodney proposed I remember one time when I was talking to Rodney about some future thing he said, "When we are married..." I wasn't sure I heard him right. He was often playing with my ring. One night he slipped it off my finger. I didn't even notice he didn't return it. I guess I was a little naive. He took it so he could size an engagement ring for me. One Sunday afternoon in January, Rodney was over for family dinner. After dinner he suggested we go for a ride. We drove out in the country somewhere and he stopped the car. He asked me to open up the glove compartment. When I opened the compartment, I saw a little jewelry box. Inside the box was a beautiful diamond engagement ring. We returned to my house and Rodney asked my dad's permission to marry me. My dad agreed. I was so excited to show off my engagement ring at church that evening.
2: In the Beginning | While dating, Norma would often go out to the farm in Union, Oregon | Rodney was in the service right after his mission and before he met Norma | They Fell in Love...
3: Rodney Arlen Kohler Married Norma Marie Feik in Logan, Utah LDS Temple on May 5th, 1961 | They had their reception in LaGrande, Oregon | They chose the Logan temple because Norma had family living in Logan. | The old LDS church in LaGrande, Oregon
4: Lake Tahoe 1961 | Rod and Norma moved to Lake Tahoe, the summer of 1961 and Rod worked for a logging company setting chokers. They still had Rod's 53 Chrysler that he purchased as his mission car. Norma learned how to drive with that car.
5: Rod and Norma moved to The Dalles, Oregon in 1962. There, Rodney taught at the middle school.
6: Rod and Norma moved into this tiny house in Pendleton, Oregon in Jan. 1962 | Norma and Rodney's house in LaGrande, Oregon in 1961-1962 | Rodney's steelhead caught in Catherine Creek. | The Early Years
7: Beginning a Family
8: Baby Sandra
9: September 23, 1962
11: April 9, 1965 | Baby Janet
12: Baby Joy
13: February 3, 1969
14: Baby Jacob | Rod and Norma were so happy to add little Jacob Arlen to their family in 1980. He was sealed to their family in the Seattle, Washington LDS Temple.
15: July 31, 1980
16: The Many sides of Rodney
18: Rodney always says that Norma makes the best pies. Norma is quite the sewer too.. She made a lot of the kids clothes and to this day loves to quilt
19: The Many Sides of Norma
20: Enjoying Nature
21: Family activities were often a day at the lake, hiking in the mountains, a trip to the coast, or traveling within the USA.
22: Family Travels | Rodney would need to attend summer school every three years as part of the professional improvement program. Sometimes he would pick a place the whole family could enjoy. In the summer of 1979 he chose Portland, Maine. That year the family enjoyed visiting many sites as they traveled from Oregon to Maine in a camper.
25: Being Grandparents
27: Thinking of you is like the Spring, You bring love and joy to everything.
28: On Rodney's 70th Birthday his kid's surprised him. Joy came from Corvallis, Oregon with Emery, Sandra came from Meridian, Idaho with Savannah, and Janet came from Las Vegas, Nevada with Emma. They went to the nearby Drake Park and played frisbee in the grass while Norma had Rod go on a walk with her. He almost passed by without noticing the kids until a frisbee landed near him and he had to toss it back. Hee hee.
29: Rodney's 70th Birthday
31: R E U N I O N S
33: R E T I R E M E N T
34: Rodney loves to golf. Norma loves Rodney golfing. Rodney loves to watch sports. Norma loves Rodney watching sports. Norma loves to read and sew.
35: And they lived happily ever after...