Ruth Linn - b: March 22, 1918 (Atlantic, Iowa)
celebrate 50 years together
The Norman Transcript
(Norman, OK), Sunday, June 13, 1999
|Bob and Ruth
Hansen will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on
Saturday, June 19. The couple met while both were teaching
at Creston, Iowa, high school. They were married a year
later on June 19, 1949, in the United Methodist Church in
Atlantic, Iowa, Ruth's hometown.
After graduating from the Atlantic High School, Ruth
received a B.A. from Grinnell College and a M.A. from
Northwestern University. She taught English and speech in
several southwest Iowa towns during the 1940s.
Bob graduated from Estherville High School in Estherville,
Iowa, in 1929. He worked with his father in the dry
cleaning business until 1942 when he enlisted in military
service. He served with the Army Air Force in the
China-Burma-India theater. Following his discharge in
1946, he enrolled at the University of Iowa where he
received degrees in science and education.
It was during his first teaching job in Creston that he
met Ruth Linn. After they married, he continued teaching
in Estherville, his hometown. Both loved to travel, and
their summer vacations were spent camping coast to coast
in Canada, visiting relatives in Europe and sightseeing in
the Orient and Australia.
After his retirement from teaching in 1976, Bob moved to
Norman and opened the Karmelkorn Shop in what was the new
Sooner Fashion Mall. Ruth followed a year later, after the
business was off to a good start. In 1980, they were
joined by two more Iowans - Mary Louise Petznick (Ruth's
cousin) and Ellen Mohr (their long-time friend). In 1998,
the business was relocated in Redbud Plaza with the name
Carmel Corner. In addition to her work, Ruth has been a
member of PEO for 60 years and continues to be active in
the organization. Bob has enjoyed woodworking, photography
and ham radio, now replaced by e-mail. Both enjoy going to
the shop each day to meet with friends and customers.
Members of the community are invited to help the couple
celebrate by stopping by Carmel Corner on Saturday, June
19, or sending them a card.
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January 14, 2002, Bob Hansen turned 90 years old. As is done most
years, a birthday celebration was held at Mom
and Ellen's house on Quail Drive in Norman, OK. Additionally in
honor of the occasion, a 'surprise' celebration was held on January 15,
when Bob and Ruth were treated to dinner out, complete with a ride in a limousine.
Above left is a picture of Mom
at the dinner table on Bob's birthday. Above right is a picture of
(L to R) Mom, Bob, Ruth and
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Left is a photo of (L to R) Mom,
Ruth and Bob at the dinner table at Danny's Steak House in Norman,
OK. Right is a picture of Ruth and Bob leaving the
restaurant. Oh, to be so dapper at 90 years old!! My hat
is off to you Sir.
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