Diane was born on a farm in rural Massena. Her parents farmed and she was their only child. She attended school in Anita, where she played basketball, graduating in 1968. She then attended Iowa Western Community College, training as a Medical Assistant. She then worked in the Des Moines area, as a receptionist for a Doctor, as a Veterinarian’s Assistant, and as a small animal technician, prior to their marriage. Keith was born in Ft. Dodge, the youngest of 3 brothers. His parents also farmed. He graduated from Gowrie High School in 1964 where he played football. Prior to their marriage, Keith worked as a general laborer and heavy equipment operator in Ft. Dodge. He is a certified welder. In 1974, David Anderson, Charlotte Bancroft’s brother, who is a cousin of Diane’s, asked Keith if he would like to go on a blind date. He agreed and their first date was to Diane’s home in Des Moines, where she made dinner for him. After dating for a year, they were married on December 6, 1975 ,at Holy Cross in Anita. Their honeymoon took them to Oklahoma City, where they attended the rodeo national finals.
They then settled in Ft. Dodge, living there from 1975 – 1982. Diane worked as a Medical Assistant and Receptionist at the Medical Center. Keith continued his work as a laborer, working for Bush Hog in Fort Dodge. He was also a van driver for the County Care facility. When Bush Hog closed they moved to Anita where they farmed with Diane’s parents for 6 years. In 1988 they moved to Creston, where Diane attended Southwestern Community College, where she earned her Associate Degree in Nursing. During her college years, she did private duty nursing in Creston. While in college she was a member of the Student Senate and was on the President’s list. She then went to work as an RN at Cass County Memorial Hospital. She worked in several positions at the Hospital over the years, including Acute Care, Home Care Hospice, and the Behavioral Health Unit, from which she retired in 2015. During this time Keith worked at the Creston Sale Barn and did general farm work. From 1997 – 2012 he worked at the Atlantic Cemetery, retiring in 2012
Keith and Diane moved to Atlantic in 1989. In 2006 they built the home in which they now live at 1612 Aspen Drive. Diane is a lifelong Lutheran and Keith joined the church when they were married. He helps with the ushering. They also enjoy donating altar flowers several times a year. In retirement they spend time working in the yard and reading. They also spend time at the family farm in Anita, and are members of the YMCA. They are rodeo fans, and attend a lot of rodeos, Keith having been a calf roper. They also like to go dancing, listen to country western music, attend sales, and go out to eat. Diane enjoys crocheting, and attending retired nurses’ get togethers. We wish them God’s blessings into their future.