Richard “Dick” and Kathy Post Madson of Milton-Freewater will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 6, 2018.
Theirs was among the first marriages to take place in the new Spokane Valley Seventh-Day Adventist church.
They lived in College Place while Dick finished his education at Walla Walla College. He earned a bachelor’s in business and a minor in history.
They headed to Alaska in 1959 and Dick was an accountant for small, regional Western Alaska Airlines in Dillingham.
They raised their family while Dick worked full time at the airline and Kathy worked for the state of Alaska.
In 1960 they became involved in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery in which they continue to operate and participate.
They were also involved in numerous business ventures, the Dillingham Commercial Company and Dillingham Hotel and Laundromat.
In 1973 they moved to Kodiak, Alaska, when the airline merged with Kodiak Airways.
There they helped Maranatha build and establish the first local Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Dick worked full time at Kodiak Western Alaska Airways and Kathy again worked for the state of Alaska, while continuing their summers at Ekuk in Bristol Bay salmon fishing.
In September 1995 they left Alaska and returned to College Place where they became passionately involved in the growth and success of new volunteer ministry Gospel Outreach.
They enjoy traveling, gardening, working at Gospel Outreach and spending time with family and friends in the Valley.
They are members of Village Church in College Place and committed to God, each other and their family.
The Madson family includes two daughters and a son-in-law, Kristi and Dale Christofferson of Kodiak, and Karie Madson of Kennewick; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.