Raymond "Pat" and Gail (Kruger) Snyder, of Coos Bay, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 31. Family and friends enjoyed a private celebration dinner at the Black Market Gourmet on July 29.
Pat, of Traverse City, Mich., and Gail, of Chicago, Ill., were married July 31, 1965, at the First Congregational Church in Lombard, Ill. They met in 1963 while attending Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill. Gail taught sixth grade in Elgin, Ill. for two years while Pat finished his bachelors and master art degrees. Pat also served 3 years in the U.S. Army before attending NIU.
After Pat's graduation, they moved to Coos Bay in 1967 to teach school. Pat taught art at Marshfield for 30 years, retiring in 1998. Gail taught at Michigan Avenue, now Sunset Middle School, until raising children of her own, and then working part time at local newspapers as a reporter and editor. She worked at the Bay Reporter, North Bend News and Senior Publication Prime Time News. Pat continues to produce and show his art throughout the Northwest and teach classes at the Coos Art Museum.
In their spare time, the couple spent many years enjoying the area's outdoor activities with family, playing duplicate bridge and golfing at Coos Country Club. They have been active members and volunteers at the Coos Art Museum for 48 years.
They are the proud parents of two daughters and a son: Tricia and Eric Neiwert, of Troutdale, Ore.; Thea Snyder, of Coos Bay; and Jesse and Mandi (Wilson) Snyder, of Woodland Hills, Calif. They have three grandchildren: Ella and Coen Neiwert, and Ada Snyder.