Gene and Yvonne (Smith) Bethel were married Jan. 31, 1951, at North Hill Methodist Church in the midst of a nasty snow storm.

Gene was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. After returning from Germany, the Bethels were blessed with children Gary; Bonnie; Bradley, who died in 2014; and Debra.

Subsequently, the couple were presented with grandchildren Greg, Stephanie, Dan, David, Kathryn, Brian, Jessica and Scott; as well as eight "great-grands."

Both retired in 1991 from Aircraft Braking Systems in Akron; Gene from the traffic department, and Yvonne from the marketing department, where she served as executive assistant.

The Bethels plan to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with family.

"We feel blessed to have such a long, full life with some great travels, but most of all we thank the good Lord for our wonderful family, most of whom we will be with today."