50 YEARS OF MARRIAGE
Movie magic starts pair’s romance
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.
Reg Kerle with recently deceased great-granddaughter Sophie.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: Reg and Dianne Kerle of Glenleigh are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow.