SIDNEY — Betty and Raymond Dempsey, of Sidney, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary, Oct. 22, 2016, at an open house in the Masonic Lodge, 303 E. Poplar St., Sidney.
Raymond and the former Betty Jarboe were married Oct. 27, 1951, in Hannibal, Missouri. The Rev. John W. Golden performed the ceremony on a blustery day of snow showers. Witnesses were John Wesley and Peggy Kerr. The minister had a tradition of writing on the bottom of each couple’s ring box. He placed a number representing how many couples he had married. Betty and Raymond still have their wedding ring box with the number 2,588 carefully written on the bottom of the box.
Shortly before they were married Raymond received his orders to report for duty. He had been drafted into the Army and served in Schweinfurt, German, during the Korean War, as a corporal in the Bloody 1.
The couple had met in school. Betty and Raymond attended the same school and rode the same bus throughout their childhood and high school years, graduating from Bowling Green High School, in Bowling Green, Missouri.
Raymond is the son of the late Emma Mae and Lyman Dempsey. He has two brothers, Tommy Dempsey, of New Hartford, Missouri, and Paul Dempsey, of Vandalia, Missouri, and a living sister, Barb Taravella, of Tuscon, Arizona. Another sister, Loyce Ellis, is deceased.
Betty is the daughter of the late Ruby (Lee) and William Alfred Jarboe. She has a living sister, Alice Pritchett, of Bowling Green, Missouri. Two other sisters, virginia Gregory and Catherine Page, and two brothers, Robert “Bob” Jarboe and Dean Jarboe, are deceased.
The Dempseys have two daugthers and a son-in-law, Diane Dempsey-Knupp, of Sidney, and Dana and Eddie Ranne, of Flower Mound, Texas. They have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Raymond retired from Whirlpool Corp. as a district sales manager in 1993 after 24 years of service. Betty is a homemaker. After retirement, Betty and Raymond sold their house in Carmel, Indiana, and placed their belongings in storage. They traveled the United States for the next 10 years in their RV. In 2003, they settled in Sidney, close to their family.
They are members of the Central Christian Church in Carmel, Indiana.