Greenings to celebrate 60th anniversary
Duane and Laurel Greening of Las Vegas, Nev., will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 16.
Duane Greening and Laurel Collier were married on Sept. 16, 1956, at Goff Methodist Church. They have one son, Christopher Lee Greening, and his wife, Jennifer Courtney Greening, of Las Vegas, Nev. Duane’s parents are Godfrey Jay and Silveretta Pearl Greening of Louisville, Ohio, and Laurel’s parents are Harold “Wink” and Cora Collier of Goff.
The happy couple enjoyed many ports of call, as Duane was an airman in the United States Air Force. Just after their marriage, they moved to Omaha, Neb. Shortly thereafter, Duane was stationed in Ramstein, Germany, where they resided together off base.
Next, they were stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev., where they both received training for their next important post – behind the “Iron Curtain” in Prague, Czechoslovakia in a castle. Duane served as Assistant Air Attache, and Laurel was secretary to the colonel in charge. Laurel would jokingly remind Duane that she technically outranked him for a brief time.
They enjoyed many outings together sightseeing throughout Europe to Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Greece, to name a few.
Their next sojourn was to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Duane got Laurel a pet dachshund named Nick, who loved the snow, to keep her company while he served a year in southeast Asia. Their success in Prague led to another eastern European posting in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
During their time overseas, and two weeks after their 14th wedding anniversary, they were blessed with the birth of their son, Christopher, in 1970.
Washington, D.C. was their next destination, followed by Nellis Air Force Base, where they found themselves back in Las Vegas, Nev. They decided that’s where Duane would retire and raise their son.
After a year away in Alaska, and some time as the First Sergeant of 57th MMS Squadron, Duane retired from the Air Force in July 1977 as a Chief Master Sergeant with many commendations including the Bronze Star for valor.
Since then, the couple has resided in Las Vegas, where Duane was a 30-year convention services executive and Laurel was the office manager at Christopher’s elementary school for 30 years.
They are happy in retirement and planning more adventures to come.
Cards may be sent to Duane and Laurel at 4662 Dennis Way, Las Vegas, NV 89121.