Rich and Karen (Roth) Hafenstein were married Aug. 31, 1968, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Helenville officiated by the late G.P. Fischer. Karen's parents were the late Earl and Marion Roth and Rich's parents were the late Ervin and Angeline Lange.
Rich left 44 days later and served with the 826th Ordinance from Madison from October 1968 through October 1969. Upon his return home they built their home in rural Johnson Creek and still reside there today.
Rich is retired from Tyson Foods in Jefferson. Karen is retired from Miller and Ansay Law Office in Jefferson.
They have been blessed with two daughters, Amy (Monte) Olszewski of Johnson Creek and Megan Rae (Mark) Meier of Beaver Dam. Further blessings are their four grandchildren, Cade and Ian Olszewski and Harper Ann and Marley Rae Meier.
A family celebration will be held later in the fall.