Gene Dyer and Linda Williams were married Jan. 23, 1965, at Main Street Baptist Church in Plymouth, Michigan. They have two children, the late Bill Dyer and Cindy Sue Cooper and her husband Jeremy Cooper. They have six grandchildren, Amanda Dyer, Sean Corcoran, Heather Dyer, Amber Dyer, Nathan Cooper and Faith Cooper. 

Gene is retired from the Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester where he worked as an inspector. Linda is retired from East Central University where she was an assistant professor in the Human Resources Department teaching in the degree program Counseling Services to the Deaf. 

The couple spent this year celebrating by taking extended roadtrips in their RV to refresh memories, visit special sites while visiting extended family members and friends they had not seen in a long time. 

First, they spent 21 days traveling in their birth state of Tennessee. However both of their families relocated to Michigan while they were both in grade school so they did not know each other there, even though they were born about 20 miles apart. 

While attending school in Plymouth, they met and married after Gene completed his service in the Navy during the Vietnam Era. While they were in Tennessee they were able to have a special lunch with the wife of the pastor that married them in Michigan. 

Second, they spent 22 days traveling in Michigan to visit home sites, birth places of their children, schools, family, friends, and a short cruise on Lake Huron and Lake Sinclair. Part of this trip was shared with Linda's youngest sister and her family. 

Third, they made a trip to Branson to enjoy the Craft and Western Festival. They completed this celebration with a special trip to Dallas, Texas, and a luncheon with family.

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