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Bainbridge couple celebrates 60th anniversary

Bob and Laurel Oliver celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 23, 2013.  - Photo courtesy of Lynn Oliver
Bob and Laurel Oliver celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 23, 2013.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Lynn Oliver

Bob and Laurel Oliver celebrated their 60th anniversary on May 23, 2013.

Bob grew up on what is now Day Road, the third of four brothers (Ray, Earl and Floyd) across the street from the strawberries he picked at the Suyematsu’s.

He graduated at age 16 from Bainbridge High School in 1942.

As a teen, he used to build the fire to warm up the sanctuary on Sunday mornings at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church (where he is once again a member).

He met Laurel, a graduate of Roosevelt High in Seattle, at the University of Washington when they were undergrads.

The couple were married in Seattle at University Presbyterian Church on May 23, 1953.

He eventually got a doctorate degree (chemical engineering) from MIT, and she earned a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland.

The couple lived in California until 1963, then moved to Maryland and raised three kids; Lynn, Diane and Jim.

Since retirement they’ve traveled all over the world. Lynn and husband Sam Sharar live on Bainbridge Island and Bob’s grandchildren, Rudy and Rebecca Sharar, also graduated from Bainbridge High (2007 and 2010).  Bob and Laurel moved to Bainbridge in 2004 from Maryland and the couple are active at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum (Bob’s picture is on the wall with the other members of the class of 1942). Laurel also is a member of the Friends of the Library.

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