Robert 'Bob' and Ilona Skipper of Gresham have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married May 6, 1961, at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fairview, which they still attend.
In celebration of their anniversary, Bob and Ilona were picked up at their home by a limousine and - along with family members - were taken to The Riverview restaurant for dinner.
The next day on Saturday, they enjoyed a celebration with friends and family at Smith Memorial. Bob and Ilona still own the 1958 Chevrolet Impala that Bob drove to their wedding, which they drove to the anniversary party. Others drove classic cars to the anniversary as well.
Members of their wedding party were in attendance. Ilona's maid of honor, Virginia Lawton Schechey, came from Nevada; and one of her bridesmaids, Jan Clum Wheeler, came from Camas Valley.
Bob's best man and attendants - his brothers Jack and Art and friend Clyde Robbins - also attended. The sheriff's office chaplain gave his blessing.
On Sunday, Bob and Ilona shared anniversary cake with their Smith Memorial church members and friends at coffee hour after both church services. They then left for an out-of-state road trip.
Bob was elected sheriff of Multnomah County four times, retiring for the second time in 2008. He served on the school board at Orient Grade School and was a member of the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation with Ilona. Bob is an elder at Smith Memorial and enjoys collecting and restoring old and classic cars.
Ilona is a past member of the Gresham Board of Realtors, the National Sheriffs' Spouses Association and the Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation. Along with the help of sheriff's office chaplain, she started Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spouses and support groups. She volunteered as the Mount Hood Medical Center gift shop manager and helped at Zarephath Kitchen.
Once a month, Bob meets for breakfast with his Sandy High School classmates and Ilona meets for lunch with her Reynolds High School classmates.
Bob and Ilona have two children, Teresa Jordan and Ted Skipper, and two granddaughters, Corrine Konell and Candice Jordan. Bob and Ilona own Skipper and Jordan Nursery with their daughter and son-in-law, Brent Jordan.