Ted and Kathleen Franks celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Ted and Kathleen Franks, of Sweet Home, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary recently.

They were married Nov. 24, 1950 in Medford. They lived in Southern Oregon until 1995, when Ted retired and they moved to Sweet Home.

Ted Franks and Kathleen Hunter met in Central Point in elementary school.

Following graduation from Central Point High School, Ted worked as a ratchet setter and sawyer in sawmills in the Rogue Valley and Tiller for seven years.

He then attended linotype school in Indiana, after which he set type for the Ashland Daily Tidings newspaper for 11 years before becoming production manager at Gandee’s Printing Center in Medford for 27 years.

Kathleen also set type at the Daily Tidings and Medford Mail Tribune for a total of about 20 years.

The Frankses were involved in bowling leagues, serving as officers for many years in Ashland and Medford. Ted was inducted into the Medford Bowling Hall of Fame in 1989.

He is a member of the Linn Benton Family Flyfishers and Midvalley Chapter of Northwest Steelheaders.

Kathleen is active in TOPS OR 0309 in Sweet Home. She has been a KOPS since 2012. KOPS (Keeps Off Pounds Sensibly) members receive extra recognition for weight management.

Throughout their marriage, the Frankses have enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and family get-togethers.

Their family includes daughters and sons-in-law Janice and Darrel Bredahl of Happy Valley, and Marvis and Steven Spencer of Woodburn; grandchildren and spouses Heather Miller of Portland, Doug and Keely Bredahl of Portland, and Kara and Charley Gee of Portland; and great-grandchildren Zoe Miller of Portland, and Tommy and Kit Bredahl-Gee of Portland.

If pandemic restrictions allow, a family get-together will be held next year to celebrate the Franks’ milestone anniversary.

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