ESCANABA - Hal and Penny Martin will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Sunday.
Hal "Hutch" Martin graduated from Escanaba High School in 1954 and went on to serve in the Air Force. He met the former Penny Pickens of Battle Creek at Western Michigan University where they both graduated in 1962. They were married June 10, 1961, in the First Methodist Church in Kalamazoo.
The couple are the parents of four children, Laura Martin of San Francisco, Leah Martin of Glastonbury, Conn., Howard Martin (Bren) of El Sobrante, Calif., and Callie Deardorff (Max) of Richmond Calif.
Hal and Penny Martin
The Martins have adopted the "snowbird" lifestyle and spend winters in Venice, Fla., and summers here in Escanaba. Hal is an avid golfer and Penny enjoys playing bridge.
The entire family will gather in Escanaba in July for a week-long reunion to celebrate their 50 years together.