Originally Published: July 23, 2008 8:15 p.m.
Sixty years ago today, Bob and Evelyn Reek married in Evelyn's hometown of Ashtabula, Ohio. Bob, whose home was Maywood, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, worked for Automatic Electric Company the previous year helping to install Ashtabula's first dial telephone
In September of that year, he met Evelyn at a party
at the home of Evelyn's best girlfriend, where Bob was boarding at the time. It was love at first sight, and 10 months later, they were wed.
They made their first home in Bellwood, Ill., another close-by Chicago suburb, where they began to raise their family and where their children, Janis, Kenneth and Nancy, were born.
Eight years after their marriage, they moved the family to Mount Prospect, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, to be closer to Bob's job in the research and development organization of Teletype Corp. in Skokie, Ill.
They resided in Mount Prospect for 30 years, where both Bob and Evelyn were active in the community and in their Presbyterian Church.
Following Bob's retirement from Teletype Corp. in 1975, they began traveling the United States, searching for genealogical information about their ancestors and looking for likely places to spend retirement years. They found Prescott, Ariz., through a former Mount Prospect neighbor, visited and bought a home in March of 1986 and moved in September.
They enjoy the friendliness and smaller town atmosphere here, and, most importantly, the climate is more moderate than in Chicago.
Since living in Prescott, they have enjoyed watching four grandchildren grow up and are now delighted to
have two great granddaughters, Greta and Naveah.
An anniversary dinner for them is being planned by daughter Nancy and her husband Dave for Saturday,
Aug. 9, in Phoenix. Ken and his wife Margaret from Churchville, N.Y., and Janis from Madison, Wis., will also attend.