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Couple celebrates 50 years since wedding in Holley Church


December 11, 2019

RICHARD AND PATRICIA CHEEK celebrate 50 years together at Cowboy Dinner Tree in LaPine.

Richard and Patricia Cheek celebrated their golden anniversary on Thanksgiving day with their daughter and her family at Cowboy Dinner Tree in La Pine.

The Cheeks were married Nov. 28, 1969 at Holley Church.

The two attended Sweet Home High School together.

“Richard and I were in high school together and I asked Richard to the Sadie Hawkins dance,” Patricia recalled.

After he graduated, Richard joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969, doing long-range reconnaissance with Charlie Company 75th Airborne Rangers.

“We were called LRRPs (lerps),” he recalled.

Their marriage is announced in The New Era.

After he returned home, Patricia and Richard began dating, and got engaged later that year. The two have a daughter, Julie, and a son, David. They have three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary early by spending a weekend in La Pine and eating at Cowboy Dinner Tree. Their anniversary this year fell on Thanksgiving day, which was spent with family.

For a marriage to last so long, Richard advised that couples be patient with one another, and agreed with his wife that attending church regularly also helps.

Like every marriage, they went through seasons.

“We talk, we laugh, we forgive. What’s also important for us, we go attend Crawfordsville Community Church,” Patricia said. “We laugh together, we cry together, we forgive each other, and if you keep doing that, then it works pretty good. We’re happy.”


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