Mr. and Mrs. Francis E. Horner of Payson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Sunday, Aug. 22 with the help of their family and friends, at Tiny's Family Restaurant in Payson.
The Horners married Aug. 22, 1939 in Winfield, Kan. in the home of Fern's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Zirkel, on the 20th wedding anniversary of her parents.
Francis had proposed to Fern when they were in the fourth grade at a little country school south of Oxford, Kan., but she refused his proposal at that time.
After they graduated from high school, they married and moved to a farm near Winfield, Kan. In 1941, Francis was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He spent most of his service time in North Africa and Italy. Upon his return home from WWII, they settled in Winfield where Francis did home repairs and built new homes.
In 1958, he took the job of head of the engineering department for the 190th Air National Guard in Hutchinson, Kan.
Fern started working in Document Control for the Guard Unit in 1960. They were later transferred to Topeka, Kan. until they retired in June 1981.
They had purchased property in Payson in 1974 and built their home upon retirement.
The Horners have one son, Leslie R. Horner, who retired from the Arizona Air National Guard at Tucson, and three grandsons: Terry R. Horner, Arizona Army National Guard; Tad L. Horner at the University of Arizona, and Timothy E. Horner, Industrial Engineering in Tucson.
The couple has three great grandchildren. Besides their many friends in Payson, family members attending the celebration were from Kent, Wash.; Independence, Mo.; Lampe, Mo.; Garden City, Kan.; and Chinle, Ariz.