Meyer anniversary

Larry and Norma Meyer

Larry and Norma Meyer will privately commemorate 60 years of marriage on June 11.

Born and raised in New Castle, they graduated from New Castle High School. As first-generation college students, they both earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University.

Though they’d known of one another, their courtship didn’t begin until a double date, which they’d gone on with different people.

They were married at the First Baptist Church in New Castle. Shortly after, they moved to Los Angeles to begin careers in education. Their daughter, Andrea, was born in Long Beach, California, which inspired a move back to Indiana to be closer to family. Their son, David, arrived a few years later.

As lifelong learners, staunch advocates, and supporters of public education, their dedicated careers were spent teaching, coaching, and mentoring thousands of students in The New Castle Community School Corporation.

Norma taught at seven different schools with her longest tenure at Parkview Junior High, teaching English. At the high school, Larry taught history, and was a renowned golf, football, and basketball coach.

He led junior varsity Trojan teams to with 258 wins and a career winning percentage over 64 percent.

Volunteering has also been a part of their story. Norma is a longtime contributor to PEO and served on the New Castle-Henry County Public Library board for years. Larry spent a decade as a board member of the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Since retiring, they’ve relished time with one another, family and friends, and winters spent in Orange Beach, Alabama.

A shared appreciation of history continues to motivate travel adventures and has inspired returns to Colonial Williamsburg, tours of The British Isles, and trips to several Civil War battlefields: Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Antietam.

Their six grandchildren, Jake, Olivia, Carson, Raye, Johnny, and Max continue to make them proud and keep them young. They cherish them all with unconditional love, patience, and praise for their unique strengths and vulnerabilities.

Their love for life and enlightenment shines on as their journey as parents, grandparents, and champions of education have touched so many.

Congratulations Norma and Larry. Your diamond wedding anniversary is a milestone to be celebrated. Due to global health considerations, this occasion will be marked with less fanfare than is deserving.

But on their 70th, we’re planning a kegger with a band at the Fieldhouse.