Mehring 75th Wedding Anniversary
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It is with much love and pride that we announce the 75th Wedding Anniversary of our parents,
Leon G. and Vera F. Mehring. They were married at St. Peters Catholic Church in Rushden, England, on Oct. 20, 1945.
Leon was stationed in England during WWII with the The Mighty 8th Air Force, 305th Bomb Group, where he met a special young British woman named Vera at a Legion Dance. Leon was 19 and Vera was 17 years old. They met at that dance in March and married seven months later in October. Vera came over to America on July 3, 1946, aboard an American hospital ship docking in New York City, then taking a train to Anaconda, MT, to be reunited with Leon, who had just returned from the war.
Leon and Vera had five sons in Montana, where Leon was working on the railroad. A new job opportunity brought them to Des Moines, IA, where they had a baby girl. One last career change in 1963 brought them to Cedar Rapids, where they raised their family and have called home ever since.
Leon and Vera's children include: James (deceased), David & Pam Mehring, Stephen & Melissa Mehring, Leon & Vicki Mehring and Denise & Jerry Vander Sanden, and daughter-in-law Wilma and Dan Rodgers. They also have 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren with one on the way, and one great-great-grandson.
When asked what is the secret for a successful, 75-year marriage, they said to love one another,
be kind, show grace to each other, forgive easily, and enjoy today together as you are not promised tomorrow.
Due to COVID-19, we are unable to have a big party for our parents, so we will be celebrating with a "Drive-by-Parade" for them at their home.
We are so blessed and grateful as a family that our father, Leon, who will be turning 95 on Oct. 29, and our mother, Vera, who is 92 years young, are still living independently together and showing us all what real, lasting love looks like.
"Being someone's first love may be great, but to be their last is beyond perfect." ~ Author unknown