Bob and Shirley Winton of Shawnee celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a play at Shawnee Little Theatre, a nice dinner and cards from well-wishers.

Bob and Shirley Winton of Shawnee celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a play at Shawnee Little Theatre, a nice dinner and cards from well-wishers.

Shirley had just turned 17 and Bob had just turned 19 when they got married in Dewar by Rev. Maurice Deal on Feb. 19, 1953. Shirley saw Bob the first time when she was only 12 years old. Even then, she was sure she really liked “the boy with the pretty eyes.”

After their marriage, Shirley completed high school and Bob went into the Army and quickly was sent to Korea. When he got home two years later, she had a nice little house fixed up for them and they started college. Bob is one of four children; Shirley is one of five. They were the first in their families to ever attend college and both have master’s degrees.

Shirley taught several different grades, but her specialty was remedial reading. Bob taught high school science and went on to be a counselor and later a principal. The both taught for 30 years.

They have one daughter, Kimberly Winton and her husband, Jim Speck, of Shawnee, and four grandchildren.

They like to spend time fishing and visiting their daughter and son-in-law’s miniature donkey ranch in Shawnee. Shirley likes to shop, and Bob plays golf three to four times per week. His average game is 73-78.