Earl and Audrey Northrop of Eagle Point are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year with two family gatherings. One was in held in May, another is in July.

Earl Northrop married Audrey Schmeling on May 13, 1950, in Beach, N.D.

Both are from large families. Earl grew up on the cattle ranch of his parents, John and Ellen Northrop. Audrey's parents, Ferdinand and Edith Schmeling, were wheat farmers.

The Northrops moved to Southern Oregon in 1950, settling first near Klamath Falls and then became residents of Eagle Point in 1960.

Together they ran a local business called Northrop's Gas and Save in White City. Earl's service station provided diesel fuel for logging trucks and the retail sale of gasoline, and Audrey operated the convenience store at the same location. The business is now Northrop's Video and Ice operated by their son, Rick Northrop.

Two of the couple's children still live in the Rogue Valley; daughter Earline Ross and husband Ron, and Rick and wife Barbara.

Youngest son Timothy and wife Naomi reside in Covina, Calif.

Eldest son Andrew and wife Teresa live in Seattle. The four children attended and graduated from Eagle Point grammar and high schools. Audrey and Earl have eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

They have celebrated God's kindnesses to them as members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Central Point for nearly 45 years.

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