Couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

HOMOSASSA SPRINGS, Fla. – Joseph and Vivian Arkens marked their 70th wedding anniversary with a celebration at the First Christian Church of Homosassa Springs, Fla.

Joseph Arkens of Wilson and the former Vivian Lindquist of Bark River were married on Sept. 22, 1943, in St. Petersburg, Fla., where Joseph was serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed at McDill Air Force Base and originally worked in the hospital. He later became a trainer for high altitude oxygen usage by pilots and crew.

Following his honorable discharge in 1946, the couple returned to Bark River where they eventually owned and operated the Lindquist family farm.

While operating the farm, Joseph also delivered fuel oil and gas by truck for Hensen & Jensen, Theise & Clements, Elmer Swanson, Bay de Noc Coop, and Bay de Noc Oil. He also worked for a short time as a greens keeper at the Escanaba Country Club.

After discontinuing full time farming, they operated the Silvan Point Service Station and specialized in car detailing, primarily for Town & Country Motors. After retirement, they wintered in the Homosassa area and eventually sold the farm and moved there permanently.

The couple are the parents of three children: Larry (Glenna) of Escanaba; Carole (Ray) Charles of Appleton, Wis.; and Thomas (Laurie) of Neenah, Wis. They also have two grandchildren, Bryan and Madalynn, both children of Thomas.