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Couple to recreate first date to help mark 77th anniversary

Martha and Roy Shepler will celebrate 77 years of marriage on July 29. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

In 1939, Roy Shepler met his future bride, Martha.

Shepler, then 17-years-old, cruised his buddies to the Historic Eagles Theatre in his father’s 1933 Plymouth.

Martha Van Roe, also 17 at the time, walked to the movies with her three friends where she met the man she’d later call her husband.

“Of course, I was a nasty one,” Mrs. Shepler told The Paper of Wabash County. “He wore suspenders and I flipped them to get his attention of course. He and his cousin sat in the balcony so we went up and sat behind them. That’s how it all started.”

Posted on 2017 Jun 27