Retired Maj. Dan L. and Joan Rose Reeder of Riverdale celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 28 with a gathering hosted by their family.
They met on a blind date in 1956 and after a long distance courtship, were married in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple on June 28, 1961.
He was born in Morgan, raised in Washington Terrace and graduated from Weber High School in 1954.
She was born and raised in Vale, Ore., and graduated from Vale Union High School in 1960.
After working at Hill Air Force Base for three years, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1957, where he spent the majority of his service as a helicopter rescue and test pilot. His long career in the Air Force included extensive assignments and deployments, including Southeast Asia, Libya and various U.S. assignments. He retired from the Air Force in 1977, and then was employed for 22 years at the Internal Revenue Service in Ogden until his retirement in 2001.
While supporting her husband's "globe-hopping" career, she maintained home and family for three decades and through their many relocations. She worked in the human resources department at Shopko and is employed at the IRS.
As members of the LDS Church, they have served in dozens of church callings around the world.
The Reeders have four children: Dani and Scott Wood, Pleasant View; David and Catherine Reeder, Centerville; John and Christena Reeder, Mt. Olive, Ala.; and Garianne and Jim Manning, North Ogden. They have 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.