It started in a Chevy

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Florence and Roy Robeson hold hands at the recent celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary. The couple has three children, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with another one due in December. (Submitted photo)

Florence and Roy Robeson hold hands at the recent celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary. The couple has three children, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with another one due in December. (Submitted photo)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Roy Robeson may not have been able to join the military in 1943, but he got a nice consolation.

He got the girl.

Roy and Florence, both 89, celebrated their 70th anniversary last month. The couple moved into Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community in Keizer in August.

The two had met at a rollerskating rink in Sweet Home the year before.

“All the same age kids were there,” Florence said. “It was the place to hang out.”

The two were 18 at the time.

“We were just kids,” Roy recalled.

Roy admits he didn’t win Florence over with his prowess on the rink.

“I was not too good,” he said. “It wasn’t the skating moves that impressed her.”

Florence quickly added it was the other wheels that helped.

“Well, he had a car,” Florence said. “A lot of us kids didn’t have cars. He drove up. We were walking home, me and two girlfriends. He drove up and asked us if we wanted a ride.”

The ladies gladly got into Roy’s red Chevrolet convertible.

“It all started from there,” Florence said.

Before the couple got married in September 1943, Roy was drafted. While in basic training for the Army and Air Force, Roy was injured.

“I got hit in the kidney,” Roy said. “It has bothered me ever since. The Army wanted me to have surgery or get a medical discharge. Well, I didn’t want the Army guys cutting on me so I got an honorable discharge.”

Roy had quit school early and worked various jobs as a young man, including driving a log truck at age 16. He also worked at a gas station, worked on machinery and later worked at the same sawmill Florence worked at.


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