On May 28, 2016, Larry and Marlene Schwab celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Marlene was born in Audubon, Iowa where the family farmed. She was the middle of five children. Her brothers include Merle and Wayne Elsberry. She was the only one in her confirmation class at Immanuel, Guthrie Center, Iowa. Marlene graduated in 1960, working for a time as a dental assistant. She worked on and off over the years, finally as a bookkeeper and teller for Wells Fargo Bank until she retired in 1999 after 22 years. She received the Service of Excellency award from the bank. Larry was born in Exira, Iowa where the family farmed southeast of Brayton and attended the Lutheran church. His grandparents, Peter and Laura Schwab, were members of Zion. Larry has two younger sisters. He attended country school for 8 years before graduating from Exira in 1959, a part of the last class in the old high school. He worked for a while at a gas station and driving a tank wagon. Since Larry was #1 to be drafted, it was hard to keep a job in Exira. They then moved to Omaha, NE where he found work at Brandies Department Store doing route deliveries. Not wanting to raise their family in Omaha, they moved to Adair, Iowa where Larry managed a fertilizer plant for 5 years. They then moved to Atlantic, Iowa where he worked for Pelgas. Following an accident where he was severely burned, he worked at Cappel’s for a while. He then, along with Keith Steffens, bought a partnership in Lloyd & Meredith where they sold grain bins and sprayers. Larry retired in December 2000. He currently helps Ken Kay with his farming operation. They have lived in their condo on 22nd St. for 8 years, where Larry is president of the Condo Association.
Larry and Marlene met when Larry visited the dental office. A friend set up a date for them and on their first date they attended a movie. They dated for a year and a half prior to their marriage on May 28, 1961 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Audubon. Marlene and her sisters all wore the same wedding dress. On this very warm wedding day, some “friends” fixed their car and it slowed down whenever they tried to speed up. Getting the problem solved, they headed for a Colorado honeymoon. Their children include: John (graphic artist) living in Newton with one son and one daughter; Robert (Cindy) who works for Lloyd & Meredith and lives in Wiota with two daughters and one son; and David (Betsy) who sells insurance for Modern Woodman and lives in Atlantic with one daughter and four sons, including twins. Larry and Marlene also have 9 great-grandchildren.
Both Larry and Marlene have been active in the church and at Zion. Marlene belongs to the LWML and has been president a number of times. She has also served as LWML Zone President twice and as District Secretary. They have attended at least seven International LWML conventions. Marlene has been in the Altar Guild, choir and served on the Worship Committee. Larry has served as Vice Chairman and on the Building and Grounds Committee. They once served as Youth Counselors. They have enjoyed the Anita Bike Club rides as well as playing a lot of cards. Hobby-wise, Marlene likes to paint with oil and water and quilt. Larry is into wood carving and, for 35 years, has done photography, including weddings.
Their travels have included a 10,000 mile car trip to Alaska, where they spent 2 months. They have traveled to much of the United States, but not to New England. That is on their bucket list. For the last 16 years they have spent December to April in Alamo, TX. They now attend a lot of their great-grandchildren’s ball games. On television, they enjoy NCIS and westerns.
We wish them God’s Blessings into the future.