Bob and June Rusch were married on Sept. 11, 1948 in Milwaukee, Wis. They met in September 1946, when Bob returned home from World War II Navy duty aboard the destroyer DD884. They have four children, three grandchildren, and five great-grand children. Traveling the U.S.A became a vacation adventure, visiting all 48 states, Hawaii and Alaska. Bob retired, after working 40 years with Wisconsin Electric Power Co. where he was the Electrical Construction Foreman for the corporate building in downtown Milwaukee. The Ruschs moved to Phoenix in 1987 and to Payson in 1991. They became active in the community. Bob helped build the first Habitat for Humanity home in Payson. June played flute with the Rim Civic Orchestra. They created the Senior Center “Old-Time Music Makers” and were charter members of the Payson Classic Car Club. They enjoyed rock club and the garden club. June taught a Mid-Eastern Dance Exercise Class at the Senior Circle. Bob has been a Mason for 60 years and was recently honored by the Payson Harrison Masonic Lodge #70 for his service of 15 years as Tyler. They are looking forward to a future with family and friends.
Tom and Marilyn (Cusic) Huffman of Payson will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 13 with family and friends. They were married in Topeka, Kan. in Marilyn’s home church on Sept. 13, 1953. They lived in Denver, Colo. while Tom attended the University of Denver. He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering. Marilyn was employed as a secretary at the university. After two years in New Jersey, where Tom was employed by RCA, they moved to Phoenix in 1959. Tom was employed by Motorola, Inc. for 30 years. Upon retiring, they moved to Payson in 1993. They were blessed with four children: Michael (deceased); Linda Huffman, Mountain Home, Idaho; Douglas Huffman (Kelly), Placerville, Calif.; and Carol (Steve) Johnson, Chandler, Ariz. They have been blessed with four grandchildren: Sarah Snyder and James (Lexie) Snyder of Tacoma, Wash.; and Matthew and Jenna Johnson of Chandler, Ariz. They enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing in Arizona and sightseeing in many states as well as trips to England, Europe and Israel. Both of them have been active in their church in Bible teaching and women’s ministries. God has richly blessed them with loving family and many friends.
Nolan and Curtis
Don and Juline Curtis announce the marriage of their daughter Katelyn to Ethan Nolan. Katelyn is a 2012 graduate of Payson High School. She will graduate in December 2013 with her associate’s degree from Eastern Arizona College. Ethan is a graduate from Wilcox High School in 2010. He is currently attending EAC. A reception will be held at the LDS Church, 913 S. Ponderosa St., Payson, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20.
Conrad and Beverly Okerwall will celebrate 60 years of marriage Thursday, Sept. 26. The couple met on a blind date in Evanston, Ill. After many years in the advertising/art business in Chicago, they retired to Payson in 1988. They have served on the boards of the Zane Grey Cabin and Museum, Payson Helping Payson, Library Friends, Payson Art League, Rim Country Literacy and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Vestry. They love Payson’s small-town atmosphere, weather and their many good friends. Conrad now shows his western paintings at Down the Street Art Gallery as well as Granny’s Attic. They will celebrate with their daughter, Sue Ann, from San Antonio, Texas, later in October.
Hall and Dunn
Amanda Hall, the daughter of Jeff and Cathy Hall and the granddaughter of Kenneth Hall of Payson, was married to Joseph Dunn Aug. 24, 2013 at The Ponds of Bolton Valley in Vermont and was attended by family and friends. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia. They currently reside in Park City, Utah. The couple visited Kenneth Hall in Payson November 2012, enjoying a ride or two in Kenneth’s Model A and sightseeing at Woods Canyon Lake and Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.
Kelley and Olson
Kevin and Kim Kelley would like to announce the wedding of their son, Brandan James Kelley, to Brittany Leigh Olson on Sept. 28, 2013 in Peoria, Ariz. The couple will reside in Payson.
Carpenter and Simon
Katie Carpenter, daughter of Ross and Shari Carpenter of Payson, recently married Noah Simon of Houston, Texas. The wedding ceremony took place in Scottsdale June 22, 2013. The couple now resides in Minneapolis, Minn.