Zitta and Richard Wilkinson will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary on Monday in the home of Janice and Ron Smith of Cache.

The couple’s daughters, Janice, Rosemarie and Betty Jean, will be in attendance along with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Richard, who was born in Pennsylvania, joined the Army in 1948 and was assigned to Germany where he met Zitta.

Zitta was born in the German-speaking village of Badeutz, Romania. Her family was brought to Germany in 1940.

Zitta and Richard married on Dec. 23, 1953, in Nuremberg, Germany.

After several Army transfers, the couple arrived in Lawton in 1960. Further assignments brought them back to Germany and then eventually back to Fort Sill where Richard retired after 30 years of service.

The couple enjoyed the Lawton community so much they decided to live here permanently.

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