Russell and Shirley (Walp) Fruits of rural New Richmond celebrated their 65th anniversary on Feb. 15. They enjoyed and appreciate all the cards and letters received.
Both are graduates of Alamo High School. They were married in 1952 at San Leandro, Calif., while Russell was serving four years in the Navy. In 1959 he graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in management. He spent nine years with an ag chemical company, which took them to homes in Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan and New Jersey.
They bought a closed feed mill in Fountain County in 1968, which eventually became Newtown Farm Service, now in its 49th year. They also established and operated Linden Pizza Corner for 22 years.
Russell's memberships include Alamo Masonic Lodge, American Legion, VFW and Murat Shrine. In 2011, he was presented the Murat Man of the Year Award.
Shirley was active in Girl Scouts for 20 years and the Coal Creek Township 4-H Booster Club with their four girls finishing 40 years of accomplishments. Never one to be idle, she also authored her own cookbook in 2010.
They were both baptized into the Alamo Christian Church and attend New Richmond Christian Church, where Shirley has been involved with the Willing Workers ladies’ group.
Truly a devoted couple, they have enjoyed traveling all over the U.S., and after spending the past 27 winters in Sarasota, they are spending time at home this year.
The “Fruits Funny Farm” has been blessed with family, friends, love, laughter, and lots of music through the years!
Their children are Jeffrey Fruits and Christine Hoagland of Newtown; Teresa Wasson, near Redkey; Sandra Jones, near Sheridan; and Colleen Wininger of New Richmond. They have 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.