January 11, 2014

Klippels celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

— Ealmer and Wanada Klippel are celebrating 60 years of marriage this January.

Ealmer graduated from Tuttle High School in Tuttle, in 1951. Wanada graduated from Tuttle High School in 1953.

They were married on Jan. 12, 1954.  The couple moved to Oklahoma City for a year before Ealmer joined the U.S. Air Force.  He served in the Air Force from 1956 to 1960.

In July 1960, Ealmer joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and served for 22 years.  During his time on the Patrol, he established the Oklahoma Trooper’s Association and was a bodyguard for Lt. Governor Spencer Bernard.  He retired from the Patrol in 1982 and then served as a Grady County commissioner from 1983 to 1996.

While Ealmer was on the Patrol, the Klippels lived in Altus, Holdenville, and Wilburton.  They have been in Chickasha since 1967.

Wanada began teaching in 1971.  She taught for five years at Lincoln Elementary School and at West Elementary School in Chickasha.

Ealmer and Wanada attend the Southern Oaks Church of Christ and Ealmer is an active member of the Chickasha Lions Club.

The Klippels have four children:  Robby Klippel, Becky Lambert and husband, Noel, Sandy Leu and husband, Wayne, and the late Keith Klippel. They also have five grandchildren:  Stefanie Lee and husband Josh, Chris and Jennifer Klippel, Dillan Leu and wife Ariel, and Colton Leu.

The couple will be celebrating their special day with a family dinner in their honor.

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