Originally Published: July 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Sixty-five years ago on July 24, 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 Co. the previous year, helping to install Ashtabula's first dial telephone system. In September of that year, he met Evelyn at a party at the home of Evelyn's best friend, where Bob was boarding at the time. It was love at first sight and, 10 months later, they were wed.
They made their first homes 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 Corporation 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. International travel was also enjoyed.
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 - not to mention the moderate weather.
They have watched four grandchildren grow up and are now delighted to have five great-grandchildren to love, Greta, Naveah, Marlowe Belle, Will and Gwyneth.
Bob and Evelyn look forward to enjoying cake and coffee with their friends at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 28. A family celebration will take place during a reunion in Phoenix on Thanksgiving weekend.