Walt and Donna Koehn celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 5, 2014, at a dinner with family and photos on the beach of Maui, Hawaii.
Waldemar Koehn and Donna L. Chadwick met at Harris Pine Mills when Walt threw a snowball at Donna. Six months later they were married at the Pendleton Church in Pendleton, Ore., on June 6, 1954.
Shortly after, Walt became a naturalized citizen of the United States after immigrating from Germany right after World War II. Eventually, Walt earned a master's degree from Pacific Union College (PUC) in Angwin, Calif., and taught at Laurelwood Academy in Oregon, Takoma Academy in Maryland and Auburn Adventist Academy in Washington over the next 30 years until he retired in 1999.
Donna became a dean of women while living at Thunderbird Academy in Arizona and continued on as dean of Graf Hall for five years at PUC while Walt attended college, and then at Laurelwood Academy, Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Maryland and finally Auburn Adventist Academy.
Then the newly retired couple moved to Cottage Grove, Ore., in June 1999 and have since been active in the Cottage Grove Church, have gone on several mission trips and continue to sponsor students through Adventist schools.
The Koehn family includes Allen and Stephanie Koehn of Sydney Australia; Barbara and Jim Riske of Puyallup, Wash.; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Their family says, "Thank you for your great Christian marriage example and for being such a great Opa and GG to your grandchildren and great-grandchildren."