Armours celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

CARLINVILLE (June 28, 2018) – Geneva and Wendell Armour celebrated their 65th anniversary Saturday, June 23, with a family gathering. They were married June 27, 1953, at Zion Lutheran Church in Gillespie. Their attendants were the late Orlean Franke Hosto, Jackie Fuess Klaus, the late Eldon O. Armour and the late Randall (Trotter) Loveless.

Mrs. Armour is the daughter of the late Clara and Herman Franke, and Mr. Armour is the son of the late Lydia and Otto Armour.

The couple settled on the family’s dairy farm east of Carlinville, becoming the second of three generations to farm there. They are retired from dairy farming at Armour Farms in Carlinville, which was established in 1949 and fortified by a wedding gift of several milking Holsteins from Mrs. Armour’s father. Together, they built a business that is one of the longest-running members of the Prairie Farms Dairy Co-op and that is now owned and operated by their son, Todd, and his wife, Martha Armour, DVM.

When they weren’t milking cows, delivering calves, working in the fields, singing in the coir or attending school board meetings, they raised six children of their own, one son they borrowed, several exchange students and a passel of 4-H members in Shaws Point Township. Their children include Gail (Don) Copple of Farmington, Dane Armour of Carlinville, Wendy (Dan) Vloedman of Dayton, Ohio, Gina (Pat) Norris of Dallas, Texas, Greg (Nicky) Armour of Englewood, Ohio and Todd (Martha) Armour of Carlinville. They have 16 grandchildren, Joan (Chris) Hamilton of Houston, Texas; Brittany (Matt) Spartz of Indianapolis, Ind.; Nikki (Damian) Zimmerman of Petersburg; Cassie (Zach) Pellman of Athens; Kirsten Armour of Petersburg; Anna Vloedman, Sally Vloedman and Claire Vloedman, all of Dayton, Ohio; Gillian (Lee) Wiley and Adrienne Norris, both of Dallas, Texas; Priya Armour and Lany Armour, both of Englewood, Ohio; Mitchell Armour of Fayetteville, Ark.; and Lydia Armour, Ava Armour and Grayson Armour, all of Carlinville. They also have nine great-grandchildren.