Major Ben D. Daugherty, US Marine Corps Retired, and wife Florene will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on July 13, 2018.

Major Ben D. Daugherty, US Marine Corps Retired, and wife Florene will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on July 13, 2018.

The couple will have an open house to celebrate with friends 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1874 Business 5, Camdenton. No gifts requested. Your presence is their present. The gathering is being hosted by their loving family.

The couple met while Ben was stationed at Whidbey Island, Washington where Florene had moved from Garrison, North Dakota during World War II.

Their first daughter, Joy, was born in Shelby, Montana while he was stationed there, and two and a half years later, Linda was born in Hawthorne, Nevada. The family went with I’m while he was stationed at Subic Bay, Philippines where Ben Jr. (Skip) was born prematurely at less than two and a half pounds, a remarkable survivor under the less than desirable medical circumstances. Ben Jr., who was a school teacher, passed away at age 56 from cancer, leaving a wife Darlene, and two daughters, Nicole and Sydnee who live in the Macks Creek area.

As a military family, they were also located at Headquarters US Marine Corps and the Ceremonial Barracks in Washington, D.C., Quantico, Virginia and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Ben also served in the Occupation of Japan following World War II, San Diego, California, Vietnam, Japan and Kansas City. Florence was at his side for 19 1/2 years of his 21-year career. With all the normal hardships of the USMC, Ben enjoyed the Corps where he served from Private to Master Sergeant and 2nd Lieutenant to Major. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service as an Advisor to the Vietnamese Marine Corps.

When Ben retired from the USMC, he joined the ranks of the University of Missouri Extension, and his work assignment included Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede and Pulaski counties where he worked with people as they developed community projects they identified. Florence was employed by Spalding Drugs for a number of years in Camdenton. The family has lived in the Camdenton area for more than a half-century. Linda and Skip graduated from Camdenton High. They have loved living and working in the Lake area which has seen tremendous growth.

The Daughertys are proud parents and grandparents to seven grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and are excited for their first great great grandchild expected in July. Their family is spread out now across several states.