William "Bill" and Judith "Judy" Shrader of Medford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 9 with an open house and buffet at Lithia Springs Resort in Ashland.
Hosts of the event, with 76 guests attending, were their five children, Karen Pamela and Sherri (Kent) Shrader of Medford, Terry Shrader of Bend and Rob and daughter-in-law Robbie Shrader of Eugene. During the reception, granddaughter, Lindsay Caldwell, sang "The Anniversary Song" and three other numbers. Daughters Pamela and Sherri spent many hours putting together a slide show of the family from many old photos and slides not seen for years. Rob Shrader's wife, Robbie, prepared much of the buffet. Family and guests came from Portland, Benicia, Calif., and Boise, Idaho.
William Shrader married Judy Elizabeth Armstrong on Feb. 7, 1958, in Eagle Rock, Calif.
Bill graduated from Grants Pass High School. Bill and Judy met in 1957 in Prince Rupert B.C., where Judy was raised. They were together for one weekend and a full week between June 1957 and February 1958 when they were married. Bill proposed in a letter, which Judy still has.
Bill retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1975 after 22 years of duty on both sides of the United States, Baffin Island, Canada, Alaska, England and the Philippines. After returning to Medford in 1975, he worked for Channel 10 and then California Oregon Broadcasting (Channel 5), where he retired in 1998.
Judy was employed in customer service with Bear Creek Corp., retiring in 2000.
Since retiring, they have travelled extensively and advanced their love of photography. Bill won a Bi-Mart photography contest with a photo taken in Egypt.
Judy is an avid genealogist and is writing a book on her Armstrong family.
Both are active in the Southern Oregon chapter of Friendship Force, Jackson County Shrine Club and the American Legion. Both are amateur radio operators with call signs W7QMU and KA70FM.
Bill and Judy are volunteers with "Lifeline" and enjoy being able to help the elderly maintain their independence and stay in their own homes.
In addition to their children, the Shraders have four grandchildren.