It's almost time for our 50th class reunion and Iíve procrastinated as long as possible to put together my story of my life since graduation. A writer I'm not. August 30th 1952 Jerry and I were married at St. Margaretís in Rolfe, IA. Our first home was in Mallard, IA where we lived until March of 1953, when Jerry received his greeting from Uncle Sam and was inducted into the Army. While he was stationed at Camp Roberts, California I joined him there until he left for Korea, at which time I returned to Rolfe. Our first son Jim was born November of 1953, he is married to Susan and lives in Des Moines IA. After Jerry was discharged from the service we lived in Glidden and then back to Mallard where our second son was born in January of 1957. He is married to Jody, they have two daughters, Christy and Hilary, and a son Aaron, who at the age of 3 was diagnosed with leukemia. We all spent three years while he was in treatment going through many emergencies. Today he's soon to be 16 and doing great as a normal teenager. Curt our third son was born in May of 1959. He is married to Debbie and has a son Ryan and a daughter Nicole, two stepchildren Jim and Angie whom is married to Will and they have a son Reece. So I guess that makes me a step Great Grandma.

Farm life for me began in 1960 as we moved to the farm where Jerry was born. This farm has been in the Leuer family for over 100 years. Our fourth son Dennis was born August 1961, he is married to Joan and they have two children Alicia and Brent and live in Laurens. After several years of learning about farm life and the boys were in school I went to cosmetology school and acquired a license and co-owned a shop in Ayrshire until I traded my comb for a tractor. I became the gopher, go for this and go find that. In July of 1980 we had a tornado which destroyed all the out building on the farm. With the help of many friends and family our farmstead was put back together. We have traveled to all but nine states visiting each capital building in that state. I also do the 4 C's cards., club, coffee, and church, plus many hobbies. I've made porcelain dolls for each of my grand daughters. Now I'm trying my hand at quilting. Also through the years I do genealogy on both our families. Today finds me retired and Jerry semi retired, he still wants to be involved in the farm. Winters find us spending part of the time in Arizona and occasionally Texas or Florida. Summers we spend time at Lost Island and a trip somewhere we haven't been. This is a brief summery of my last 50 years.

Ann Reckard Leuer

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