Harry and Peggy Gilbert, Delta County residents until 2003, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve.
They began dating in high school. They graduated from Delta High School in 1955 and were married in the Delta Presbyterian Church after completing their first quarter of classes at Colorado A & M College, later named Colorado State University. They returned to Delta County in 1961 after Harry earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He joined his father-in-law, Paul Porter, in his business of Delta Plumbing & Heating. Peggy worked part time and was a stay-at-home mom for Beth (1956) and Susan (1961).
Peggy became involved with the brand new American Paint Horse Association in 1963 and promoted the breed locally and by holding national offices for the next 40 years. She was also a horse 4-H leader and riding instructor for over 20 years. Harry took over Delta Plumbing when his father-in-law passed away unexpectedly in 1963 and continued running a successful commercial mechanical contracting business for the next 30 years.
Harry and Peggy sold their ranch and indoor riding arena in 2001 and spent the next three years exploring the U.S. in their RV and making two trips to England, Scotland and Ireland.
When they settled down again, they built an off-the-grid cabin on the Uncompaghre Plateau above Unaweep Canyon and spend the majority of their time there from April through Thanksgiving. On weekends during that time and during the winter months, the Gilberts reside in their small townhouse in Grand Junction. They are both active in their church and choir. Harry has been a substitute high school math teacher for the past seven years.
In good health, they continue to enjoy the blessings of friends and family.