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Iowa couple celebrates 65th wedding anniversary at supermarket

Iowa Couple Celebrates 65th Anniversary at Hy-Vee Store

Shoppers searching for bread and milk at a supermarket in Iowa found themselves right in the middle of a husband and wife's big celebration.

While plenty of families would have chosen a church basement or town hall for the event, the produce section of Hy-Vee was the perfect place for Liela and Bernie Mitchell's 65th wedding anniversary celebration.

Just inside the front door, by the melons, friends and family came to congratulate the couple on their milestone. But just as remarkable as their marriage, is Bernie's 60 year commitment to the supermarket.

In an industry dominated by teenage baggers and stock-boys, Bernie MItchell can relate -- he started working at Hy-Vee at the age of 19. After climbing the ladder to be store director, Bernie refused to retire. So for more than two decades he's been setting records for the oldest stock boy in Sheraton's freezer section, which explains why his wife didn't bat an eye when he suggested they celebrate in the store.

"You weren't just a name on the payroll, you were part of the company," he said.

But this week, the Sheraton supermarket received the bad news -- the 87 year-old stock boy finally retired, the very same day his marriage turned 65.

Interestingly enough, Bernie is only 3 years older than the Hy-Vee chain itself.

Longevity is one thing, but commitment is another, which is why on his last day of work, Bernie chose melons over his shoulder and his bride by his side.

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IBruzEZ August 05 2014 at 8:06 AM

His commitment to his job as well as the stores commitment to him as an employee is wonderful. In this day and age most places fire you as you get close to retirement so they don't have to pay any benefits for you.!

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endmillll August 05 2014 at 9:16 AM

Most companies do dump you when you get up in age because it cost more for health insurance,, but the good family owend companies look out for there people not them big corperations,, i know i worker for one and they treated there employees like family.

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d1anaw endmillll August 05 2014 at 1:02 PM

What a load of crap. I work for a very large corporation and we have a number of people just at our hospital who still work in their 70s, maybe 80s and no one is forcing them out. And it's hard, physically demanding work. I'm sure the other hospitals have just as many.

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Mike August 05 2014 at 5:09 AM

I would have done the same thing. More money for jewelry for the mistress.

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mizzjan56 Mike August 05 2014 at 3:57 PM

Yucky stupid comment

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dickn2000b Mike August 05 2014 at 5:35 PM

The women is not his mistress...it's his wife. Mike, I've been reading your inane comments for a long time. Here's some advice: If your I.Q. ever gets to 50...SELL!

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hark4109 August 05 2014 at 9:02 AM

WOW That is great story! Very few folks commited like he was to the job and to the marriage! Congratulations!

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mizzjan56 August 05 2014 at 3:59 PM

Just too cool. Most people now-a-days will never stick with a company NOR a spouse that long!!!

My hubby and I are about to celebrate 40 years, and I'm excited about that!

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d1anaw August 05 2014 at 1:00 PM

It's such a shame we don't see that kind of committment anymore, not in marriage, not in work ethic, not in anything. Even in my generation it's declined and in the younger generations, it doesn't exist at all. My husband and I met too late to hope to make it to 65 yrs, but maybe we can get to 50.

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Connie August 05 2014 at 10:39 AM

What a beautiful story. God has truly blessed this couple!

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chuck August 05 2014 at 9:57 AM

i wish i could have had 65 years with my wife too but she passed in 2011 and left me alone to and lonly without her.

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Connie chuck August 05 2014 at 10:36 AM

I am sorry for your loss.

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renner1234 August 05 2014 at 2:24 PM

Good for them, they did it their way.

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yannaro August 05 2014 at 11:16 AM

If he started at 19, worked for the store for 60 years and he's 87.....8 years are missing. Military service, college???

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