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Richard and Violet Geiser of Medford celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 8.

Richard Geiser married Violet Valdez on Nov. 8, 1947, at the Good News Tabernacle in Hawthorne, Calif.

Richard "Dick" Geiser met Violet "Vi" Valdez at a malt shop called The Sweet Shop in Hawthorne, Calif., in 1945. They were attending different schools, but would see each other at the Sweet Shop. Vi's first job, at the age of 12, was at that very shop.

At a school dance they had both attended, Dick asked Vi to dance. Back then, the jitter bug and swing were the hot dances and Dick loved to dance. He was a real trickster, too. After about eight months of dating, Dick proposed to Vi. They headed to Vegas to get married, but were sent home. Dick was 21, but because Vi was only 17 years old, she needed her mother's permission to get married. Vi lived with her grandmother at the time, so she wrote a letter to her mom asking for her permission. When her mother replied to the letter, the two went down to the Sweet Shop to tell all of their friends that they would be getting married and were married on Nov. 8, 1947. A few months after the wedding, they took a honeymoon to the Grand Canyon.

Dick joined the U.S. Navy when he was 17 and served for four years. After the Navy, he went to work for a mill building different types of homes. He was also a foreman at Taylor Millwork for about 35 years. In 1983 they moved to Medford and Dick got a job at Ashland Glass and Millwork in Central Point, where he would later retire.

Since their retirement, Dick and Vi have enjoyed spending time with their family and enjoyed many trips to their favorite fishing hole. They are an inspiration to their family and have touched many lives in a wonderful way.

They have two children, a daughter, Chris of California and a son, Rick of Gold Hill. They also have one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.