William ‘Bill’ Woodward and Melva Kenyon Schroeder Woodward will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary  Saturday, Feb. 9. The couple was married Feb. 11, 1963 in Port Orford.

Bill was in logging, then switched to log truck driving for Westbrook until he became disabled in 1981. He loved truck driving, golf, hunting and fly fishing, and excelled at all of them.

Bill and Melva moved to Bandon in 1978. Melva has been a member of First Baptist Church in Bandon since 1989. She keeps busy with her church activities, learning to paint with acrylics and her pinochle club that she has belonged to for 32 years. Bill keeps busy on his computer, keeping up the yard and reminiscing about all of his hunting and fishing escapades.

The couple has six adult children: Darlene Schroeder Valdez, of Imperial Beach, Calif.; David Schroeder and his partner, Debbie Warren, of McMinnville; Mike Schroeder and his partner, Vikki Pessimeir, of Yamhill; James “Jamie” Schroeder, of Novato, Calif.; Kelly Woodward Guenther and husband, John Guenther, of Fleming Island, Fla.; and Tina Woodward Guenther and husband, Bill Hall, of Mesa, Ariz. They also have seven grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

An open house reception to celebrate the couple will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Alexander Hall in Bandon, located next to First Baptist Church on U.S. Highway 101 across the highway from South Coast Bicycles. Smiles and stories are welcome, no gifts please.

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