Dr. Harry T. and Margaret J. Litts Jr., of Medford, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary April 26 with a buffet at the Methodist Fellowship Hall. Forty guests attended the celebration.
Harry T. Litts Jr. married Margaret Josephine "Jo" Cooper on April 28, 1943, at Presentation of Our Lady Catholic Church in Denver, Colo. Following the ceremony, they had a reception at her parents' home. Later that day they drove to Fort Collins, Colo. The following day they drove to Cheyenne, Wyo., on their honeymoon.
Harry joined the Army as a private in New Jersey in September 1941. His first station was Fort Dix, N.J. A few weeks later he was sent to the Aircraft Armament School at Lowry Field, Colo. While there, he met Margaret Cooper at a USO dance in Denver in January 1942.
They dated frequently and became engaged in August 1942. Margaret was a comptometer operator at the time, working for AT&T Long Lines. She later worked for the government with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
The following year, on April 1, Harry was promoted to staff sergeant. Harry was commissioned a second lieutenant at Yale University in 1944. He stayed in the Air Force for 20 years.
During that time they were stationed at several bases in the United States including a tour at Nome, Alaska, before it was a state. While there, Jo was the PX office manager.
Harry served with the 6th Emergency Rescue Squadron in the Pacific Theater in World War II. During the Korean War he served three years on Okinawa.
Margaret and their daughter, Jeanne, joined him for 18 months during this time. Their son, James, was born in 1954 in Tucson, Ariz., and son Richard was born at Plattsburgh AFB in 1959.
The remainder of Harry's military career was spent in the Strategic Air Command. He retired at Plattsburg Air Force Base, N.Y., in December 1961.
From 1962-1966, he attended Pacific University and graduated as a Doctor of Optometry.
The family moved to Medford in 1966 and Harry joined Dr. Frank Freeburger in his practice on West Main Street.
Margaret (Jo) worked part time with them as a receptionist and bookkeeper. Jo belonged to the Business and Professional Women and was "BEEP" (Woman of the year) in 1977.
She was a member of the Medford Park Commission for three years and secretary of the Astronomy Club for three years and Harry was president of this club for one year.
Harry was also pistol director of the Medford Rifle and Pistol Club for 10 years. He shot in pistol matches from 1935 to 1996 across the entire country, and has been an Amateur Radio Operator since 1958, his call is K7SGQ, Advanced Class.
They retired in November 1981. Following their retirement they traveled the world, visiting over 41 countries and islands. They took several thousand slides and 80 albums of pictures on their journeys.
Harry and Margaret have three children, Dr. James C. Litts of Berkeley, Calif., Richard W. Litts of Wilsonville, and Jeanne L. Burckhardt of Vancouver Island, Canada.
They also have five grandchildren.