Virginia and Richard Sather celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary June 20 at home in Kennewick.
They moved to the Mid-Columbia in 1943. They met in the mess hall at Camp Hanford, where they both had long careers with various contractors. They were married June 20, 1944 at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Yakima.
Ginger began work for du Pont at the Post Exchange at Camp Hanford. She was a clerk in Security, Materials and Instruments, an executive secretary at Purex, and Reactors B, C and N. She retired in 1983 as a specialist in employee relations at United Nuclear. She volunteered at Planned Parenthood, Lutheran Social Services, Tri-City Food Bank, the Benton County Commissioners, the cities of Kennewick and Pasco, Tri-City Visitor and Convention Center, Richland Library, Red Cross and the veterans hospital. She was also active in the National Organization of Women and the support of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Dick began work at Camp Hanford with du Pont as a machinist after coming from Denver, where he worked at Remington Arms. He became a foreman in fuels production at General Electric, then a general foreman and manager at United Nuclear in the 300 area. He retired from United Nuclear in 1983. He volunteered as founder and first director of the Benton County Mosquito Control District, he was president of the Tri-City Heights Improvement District which installed the first irrigation water systems in the Tri-City Heights and he was a volunteer fireman.
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After retiring, they traveled extensively in North America with their travel trailer. They have visited every continent on the planet.
They have one son, Neil, of Kennewick, and three grandchildren.