Edward Judkins and Jean Abel Hansen of Ogden were honored with a joint birthday party on April 20. He turned 90 and she 87.
He was born on April 14, 1923, to Louis Alma Hansen and Sarah Evelynne Judkins. He grew up in Warren and graduated from Weber High School in 1941. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in May 1942 and served in the Pacific during World War II. Later he served in the Utah National Guard. He was a farmer, a mechanic (owning a 76 Oil Station), and a tractor-trailer driver. He was on the Wasatch Softball League and bowling leagues. He retired from driving in 1985.
He married Jean Abel on Feb. 10, 1945, in Tacoma, Wash. They recently celebrated 68 years together.
She was born on April 17, 1926, in American Fork to Thomas Ammon Abel and Frances Brook. She graduated from Bear River High School in Garland in 1944. She was a homemaker, a waitress (at the old Keely's Cafe), an electrical engineer for Sperry Rand and Hill Air Force Base for airplane models during the Vietnam War. She retired in 1974 and continued working at the Deseret Gym and Sprouse-Reitz. She enjoys crocheting, and making quilts and rugs. An active member of the LDS Church, she has held many positions and continues to serve.
Both enjoy spending time with family and friends. Their children are Terry and Richard Pratt, Janis Bryant, Vicki Stamps, Brenda and Loring Draper, Jill and Gary Splattstoesser, and Brent Edward and Kim Hansen.
They enjoy each other's company and that of 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.