Mr. and Mrs. Donald Williamson celebrate 50th anniversary

Donald and Bonnie Williamson of Deerfield recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Donald Williamson and the former Bonnie Rosenbaum were married on June 5, 1965, at the East Palestine United Methodist Church. They celebrated the milestone with family and many friends in attendance at a surprise luncheon hosted by their children and grandchildren June 14 at the Gaston Mill Pavilion at Beaver Creek State Park.

The couple met in 1963 at the Peak Truck Stop (now the 7&14) in Columbiana, Don as a mechanic and Bonnie as a waitress. A few months later, Don enlisted in the Marines and went to boot camp at Paris Island and then onto California for further training for one year. Bonnie went into nurses training at Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing in Salem. She graduated from the program in February 1965. Upon Don’s return they married in June and together they left for Cherry Point, N.C., to the Marine Corp Air Station. Orders came for Vietnam in October 1966, they returned to Ohio and Don went on to California for two weeks before he was deployed to Vietnam. Bonnie stayed in Salem and worked as a nurse at the Salem Central Clinic. In October 1967 Don was discharged from the Marine Corps and the couple lived in California for six months where Don was employed as an aviation radio repairman at the El Toro Marine Corp Airbase. In March 1968, they returned to the area. Bonnie worked as a private duty nurse and Don started employment at Packard Electric in Warren Ohio and retired from there after 35 years as a general supervisor. The retired couple currently resides in Deerfield on Berlin Lake.

Don and Bonnie have three children, daughter Julie and husband Randy Moore of Salem, daughter Lori and husband Brett Barnes of Minerva, and son Brett and wife Tawny of Deerfield. They have five grandchildren, Brittany and Brandon Moore, Evan and Brennan Barnes, and Chase Williamson. They will soon be welcoming a sixth grandchild.