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County couples celebrate 65 years of marriage this May, June

Roy and Ada Meyers
Roy and Ada Meyers

The odds of two sisters marrying two brothers are slim.

And the couples celebrating 65 years of marriage in Dallas County even more so, but that’s what Roy and Ada Meyers, Reuben and Ruth Meyers have done.

Ada, 88, and Roy, 89, first met in 1946 when Ada was visiting relatives in Pennsylvania. During the visit, Roy’s friend, Kenneth Hawbaker, suggested that Roy take Ada to the local skating rink with a group of friends and the duo quickly hit it off.

After Ada traveled back to Iowa, the two decided to start a long-distance relationship by writing letters as their primary means of communication.

They also shared one phone call and one visit.

Shelly Meyers, Roy and Ada’s daughter-in-law, recounted that the phone call was so expensive that it left both Roy and Ada “speechless,” but they continued to see each other.

Shortly after Roy and Ada started dating, Reuben came to Iowa for a church meeting. While he was visiting, one of the ministers, Daniel Hawbaker, offered Reuben his car to take Ruth home from the services.

“Perhaps Daniel thought Reuben needed a little nudge, and whatever the case, it worked,” Sally Meyers said.

Both couples were wed the same year, Reuben and Ruth in May and Roy and Ada in June.

Reuben and Ruth, both 91, now reside at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center and Roy and Ada beside Jim and Sally Meyers’ home also in Dallas Center.

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