50 YEARS OF MAR­RIAGE

Movie magic starts pair’s ro­mance

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Alex Treacy alex.treacy@cnbtimes.com.au

THE year is 1969.

Dianne Bovell and Reg Kerle, both 19, are at the drive-in watch­ing the “cow­boys and In­di­ans” film Death of a Gun­fighter.

Western ac­tor Richard Wid­mark’s char­ac­ter Mar­shal Frank Patch pulls out a ring to pro­pose to ac­tress Lena Horne’s char­ac­ter Claire Quin­tana... and in real life, at the same time, so does Reg.

This Fri­day, the Glen­leigh cou­ple, who have four daugh­ters and eight grand­chil­dren, will cel­e­brate 50 years of mar­riage, also known as the Golden An­niver­sary.

Af­ter meet­ing in Western Aus­tralia where Dianne is from, the Ker­les have lived most of their mar­ried life in the Monto area, apart from a brief pe­riod in Dar­win where they started their fam­ily.

Both turn­ing 70 this year (Reg in March, Dianne in May), the Ker­les are still hard at work grow­ing lucerne and farm­ing cat­tle.

“We’re mad to still be here,” Dianne said.

But, she said, Reg would never be ready to re­tire.

In fact, some of her friends thought there ought to be some sort of medal Dianne could be awarded for be­ing mar­ried to the fiery farmer for 50 years.

She “can’t be­lieve” it had been a half-cen­tury al­ready.

“The older you get, the faster it goes,” Dianne said.

Per­haps this is be­cause of the pace at which the for­mer teacher at Monto State High School and Aber­corn State School lives life.

In 2000, Dianne ran with the Olympic torch and in the years since she has en­gaged in en­deav­ours such as bungee-jump­ing, sky­div­ing and camel and bal­loon rac­ing.

Dianne said the cou­ple plan a qui­eter cel­e­bra­tion this year, as in De­cem­ber they lost their only great-grand­daugh­ter, So­phie, 8, who passed away late last year.

Dianne and Reg Kerle with youngest grand­chil­dren Hay­den and So­phie.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

Reg Kerle with re­cently de­ceased great-grand­daugh­ter So­phie.

GOLDEN AN­NIVER­SARY: Reg and Dianne Kerle of Glen­leigh are cel­e­brat­ing their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary to­mor­row.

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