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Robert "Bob" J. and Laura "Jean" Mullen of Ashland celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in March with a dinner in the back room at Vinny's Restaurant in Medford.

The Mullens hosted the event, with decorations by daughter, Laura, and 19 guests attending, including their children and families, grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and friends.

Robert Mullen married Laura Jean Cutchin on March 23, 1945, at the Methodist Church in Dyersburg, Tenn.

Bob was a pilot in World War II. They met during the war when Bob's bombadier, Gil Stratton, asked Jean to get a date for his pilot, Bob, which she did. Before the dance was over, Gil asked Jean if she'd mind swapping dates. Jean replied, "For one night, that's fine." Sixty-five years later, Bob and Jean are still together.

After their marriage, the Mullens lived in Dyersburg, Tenn.

When the war was over, they moved to San Francisco, then Richmond, Calif., then El Sobrante City.

Bob graduated from the University of California with a master' degree in teaching. He headed special projects until he retired from the school district in Richmond to start land development in Klamath County.

In 1980, they moved to Ashland and Bob continued to be involved with land development for 10 more years.

Jean was a homemaker and worked with American Field Service and Beta Sigma Phi. She also started art lessons in oil painting. She belonged to two art guilds and did many shows, where they sold their art work.

The Mullens have three children: Laural Schmid of Danville, Calif.; Robert J. Mullen Jr., of Paradise, Calif.; and Janice Jackson of Medford. They also have seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.