Duke and Edith Jardon are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary Dec. 23 with their three sons and families, relatives and friends. Papa Murphy's pizza and ice cream will be the order of the day.
Duke was born March 23, 1919, in Cripple Creek. He graduated from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. Edith was born May 10, 1920, just up the road at Read. She graduated from Delta High School.
Duke and Edith met each other while working at Beth-El Hospital in Colorado Springs and their subsequent courtship led to marriage in Raton, N.M., in 1940. They soon moved to Chicago, Ill., where Duke was employed as a professional welder. With World War II underway, Duke enlisted in the Navy and saw action throughout the Pacific theater until the war's end. Edith remained in Chicago raising her young son and working as a precision drill press operator building Navy ship parts. After the war, they moved to and settled in Delta in 1946, and immediately bought the home they still live in today.
Duke worked for the Delta Municipal Light & Power for 20 years before moving on and working for the Bureau of Reclamation until retiring in 1987. During his time in Delta, he was a volunteer fireman who held both positions of rural fire chief and city fire chief. He was later elected as the Western Slope president of the Colorado Volunteer Fireman's Association. In 1955, Duke started his fire extinguisher business and worked his business with Edith until they both really retired in 2010. Edith volunteered and worked as a Pink Lady for 14 years at the Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Their secrets to a long and happy marriage: Edith says, "When you stand side by side doing the dishes every evening, it's hard to stay upset very long when there's issues." Duke says, "Just say 'Yes, Dear ...Yes, Dear."