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Anniversary Announcement

Billy & Wilma Northup

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Celebrating 70 Years! It was October 1, 1950, when Billy Northup and Wilma Van Orsdall were married at The Little Chapel Around the Corner in Las Vegas, Nevada, on their way to beginning their new life together in L.A. Homesick for the small town life they loved, the California adventure did not last long, however, and they soon moved back to Ollie, Iowa, where they homesteaded out on Tic Ridge. Wilma worked in a factory in Washington, making transistor radios, then went on to get her Culinary Arts Degree from Indian Hills CC, enhancing her skills as a wonderful and accomplished cook. She then became a health aide and caregiver for those seniors needing assistance throughout Keokuk County. Billy worked construction during their early years, helping build Interstate 80 and Red Rock Dam in the 1960’s. He then sold insurance in the 1970’s, until taking over as the rural mail carrier for Ollie in the 1980’s, concluding his 37-year career with the USPS as the Ollie Postmaster in the 1990’s, retiring in 1998. They then enjoyed their 21 years as "Winter Texans". Raised in rural SE Iowa, they developed a strong work ethic and theirpersonal values through their ties to the Ollie community, the United MethodistChurch, the Order of the Eastern Star, and Iowa Freemasonry. They have alwaysstayed close to their roots, with Faith and Family always coming first, and theyremain avid and loyal fans of the Pekin Panthers and Central College Dutch,where they were named Honorary Alumni in 2011. In their later years, they provide care to each other with unity allowing for joy…celebrated now by their four boys, Norm (Sharon), Phil (Lynn), Bill (Lisa), and Bo (Julie)…Seven grandchildren, Andrew, Emily, Kayla (Rory), Trenton, Trever, Lauren, and Jake…and great grandson, Sawyer. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration will be planned at a later date. If you would like to congratulate them by card or letter, their address is: Billy and Wilma Northup, Deer View Manor, 1200 S. Stuart St. #16, Sigourney, Iowa 52591.

Published in the the Des Moines Register on September 27, 2020

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