Sixty years ago Ernest Will Templin and Ramona Pearl Sweet were married on a rainy December evening at St. Michael's and All Angels' Church in Portland.
Ernest, known as Bill to family and friends, was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but was raised in Norris, Mont., until age 16. He spent his last year of high school in Medford, graduating from Medford Senior High School.
Ramona was born on the Cheyenne River Indian Agency in South Dakota where her father was employed. She was schooled in one-room schoolhouses in South Dakota and Iowa through seventh grade before her family moved to Warm Springs, Ore. There, she and her three brothers were bused to Madras where she graduated from high school.
Bill and Ramona met at Oregon State College in Corvallis, where he majored in electrical engineering and she completed pre-nursing studies.
They married after graduation and a few months later Bill was called into the Air Force. For the next four years they lived in Biloxi, Miss.; Arecibo, Puerto Rico; Topeka, Kan,, and Newmarket, Suffolk, England as Bill flew as an electronic countermeasures officer on a B-50 reconnaissance bomber for the Strategic Air Command and later became an instructor at Biloxi.
The next 50-plus years were spent in Southern California where Bill worked for Hughes Aircraft Company, initially in Culver City, then at Fullerton where he retired after 31 years.
Ramona also worked at Hughes Aircraft for three years before becoming a stay-at-home mom for their two children. After the children were in school, she did volunteer work for her church, sorority, philanthropic, civic and Republican Party groups.
In 2005 they returned to their Oregon roots and moved to Rogue Valley Manor in Medford where Bill's sister and brother-in-law, Caroline and Barden Finch, were also living.
In mid-December they flew to the Palm Springs area for a 60th anniversary party at the home of their godson and his wife, Griff and Maria Kimble, assisted by their son, Tracy Templin, and their longtime friend, Wilma Kimble, Griff's mother.
The couple's daughter, Elizabeth Zaremba, attended the celebration from Phoenix, Ariz., with her husband, Donald, and their three children, Lee, Alex and Corey, who are the Templins' only grandchildren.
Extended family members brought the total attending the festivities to 18.