Marilyn was born in her grandparents home south of Anita. She was born on Mother’s Day and baptized on Father’s Day. She has one younger sister, who is a retired teacher in Greenfield. Her father worked for an Implement Company and owned the Sinclair Station in Anita. Her mother was a housewife. In High School she was in band, chorus, played basketball, was a cheerleader and served on the Student Council. She has played clarinet and piano. Following graduation from Anita in 1957 Marilyn went to work for the Ford Garage as a bookkeeper for $30.00 a week. Following 14 years at home raising the children, she worked for a Lampshade Company and for Family Vision Center for 16 years, retiring in 2007. Bob was born in the house where they now live. He was the youngest of 3 children, having 2 older sisters. His father farmed, and mother was a housewife. In Atlantic High School, where he graduated in 1955, he was involved in FFA and wrestling. Following graduation he farmed on the home place. He quit farming in 1984. He then operated Bob’s Welding and Repair for 17 years, followed by 11 years at the Court House. He still works part time for Hwy 6 & 71 Family Farm, where he operates machinery. Bob served in the National Guard for 8 years.
They met at the Bowling alley in Atlantic. Bob proposed on her birthday and they were married on September 27, 1959 at Holy Cross in Anita. Their honeymoon took them to Washington DC.
Their children include Craig, a Chiropractor, married to Karla, living in Altoona. Next is Bobbi, who works for Atlantic Municipal Utilities, married to Mark McNees, Atlantic’s Fire Chief and a Postman. They have 2 children. The youngest is Douglas who works for Hulchers, and is married to Kim, living in Ankeny. They have 4 children.
The Vernon’s have been very active at Zion. Marilyn has held every office in Grace Circle, is Secretary-Treasurer of Golden Years, and has been LWML Treasurer for the past 5 years. She currently serves on the Worship Committee, sings in the choir, plays handbells, and is on the counting committee. She has previously been a Sunday school teacher and they were Youth Counselors. Bob has served on the Governing Board, the Property Committee and ushers. He can also be seen scooping snow. Marilyn, who belongs to the Hospital auxiliary, likes to embroidery, read and do crossword puzzles. Bob, who is a Master Gardner, keeps up the yard and does woodworking. For 20 years he served on the Cass County Fair Board and helped run the Food Stand. He has also been active in the Farm Bureau Board and the Cass County Extension Council. He has sold seed corn, and received awards for his sales. Since 1971, they have belonged to a Saturday night Card Club which includes mostly Zion members. They like to travel, and especially take bus trips. They took one bus trip, which included 5 cousins, to Washington DC. They would like to see NY City sometime. As they travel, they collect magnets and have a refrigerator door full of them. They also enjoy putting together 1000 piece puzzles. This summer at the Iowa State Fair, they will receive the Century Farm Award for the farm on which they live. We wish them God’s blessings into their future.