On January 28, 1945 Robert (Bob) Bland, of Gazette, Missouri and Alta Pettey, of Bowling Green, were married at the Methodist Church in Eolia by the Reverend Homer Burton.
Bob was a farmer and also owned and ran the Dairy Queen in Vandalia, for 13 years. Then he went into real estate after which he was elected to become the Audrain Eastern County Judge, which is now called commissioner, for 10 years.
Alta worked with Bob at the Dairy Queen, then became the secretary at the First Baptist Church of Vandalia for 15 years.
Bob and Alta enjoyed working as a volunteer in 4-H for many years with their children and grandchildren. The Bland family also has received the 4-H Centennial Family recipient award.
Their family includes two sons and one daughter: Steven, and his wife Beverly, of Hannibal; Dale, his wife Elaine, of Linn Creek; and Joy and husband Terry Hoyt, of Laddonia.
Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Brent and his wife Andrea and their children, Cyrus and Paige, of Hannibal; Shawn, his wife Kristin, and daughter, Emma, of Lake Saint Louis; Amy Kogan and her daughter, Beth Ann, of Linn Creek; Emily Pierce and her daughter Katie, of Linn Creek; Martina, her husband Jaron Vail, of Columbia; Bethany and her husband Travis Dixon, of Laddonia; and Elissa Hoyt, a senior at University of Missouri-Columbia. Also attending were Patsy Clithero, of Vandalia, is a sister to Bob, and Beth Miller, of Cadiz, Ky., is a niece of Bob.
Bob and Alta enjoy their friends at the First Baptist Church and community. They also enjoyed the card shower recently to honor them on 70 years of marriage. They received a total of 164 cards with many greetings on the computer, which they will treasure from family and friends.
On January 25, their family carried in lunch and discussed the memories of family and friends. They also enjoyed an anniversary cake made by their grandchildren, Martina Hoyt-Vail, and Elissa Hoyt. The honored couple received phone calls that day from a niece, Penny Buss, of Seattle, Wash.; great-grandchild Beth Ann Kogan, of Linn Creek, Mo.; and nephew Jim Dimitrious, from Cadiz, Ky. May you be as blessed as God has blessed them!