Rodger and Barbara Mendenhall of Marietta celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary recently. They were married in the Christ United Methodist Church by the Rev. George Campbell on Dec. 29, 1973. They are currently members of the Gilman United Methodist Church.
He is the son of the late Glen and Gertrude (Wible) Mendenhall. She is the daughter of the late William and Mildred (Housman) Gramkow.
They are the parents of seven children: Jamie Prunty of Atlanta, Ga., Harry (Sandy) Prunty of Virginia Beach, Va., Becky Mendenhall of Beverly, Ohio, and Merrilee (Mike) Burton, Peggy (George) Schlicher, Jeff (Karen) Prunty, and Debbie Mendenhall, all of Marietta. One son, Rodger Mendenhall is deceased. They have 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with another on the way.
He served in the Navy during the WWII period and later retired after 34 years as a Hospital Administrator. She graduated from Marietta High School in 1948. She is a homemaker. They greatly enjoy their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.