Sonny and Shirley met when they were only 14 years old. And at 16 they were married on April 26, 1952. Sonny always had a job, and for the next few years he learned many useful trades which took him all the way to California before coming back to Sullivan, Mo., to settle down.

Sonny and Shirley Erxleben recently shared their 65th anniversary at their home in Sunrise Beach along with their two living children, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and other beloved family members and friends.

Sonny and Shirley met when they were only 14 years old. And at 16 they were married on April 26, 1952. Sonny always had a job, and for the next few years he learned many useful trades which took him all the way to California before coming back to Sullivan, Mo., to settle down. Sonny worked for Fred Weber supervising building roads and bridges in St. Louis. Shirley also worked at Wal-Mart in Sullivan for 15 years before they moved to the home they live in now.

They both have always enjoyed traveling and managed to visit many beautiful places. She said she felt taking their travel trailer to Alaska was the best trip of all. Sonny added, “me, too!” They both loved their travels, but they are always happy to be back home with their loved ones.

Shirley says she has always wanted to live where she could sit and look out on the lake. Not long ago, the two of them were sitting on their porch swing reminiscing and Shirley glanced over to Sonny and said, “Sonny, thank you for giving me my dream. This is what I have always wanted!”

Congratulations, Sonny and Shirley and may you have many great years together.