Richard (Dick) Platt and Gayla Christensen met each other in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1960. Gayla was a senior at H.H. Arnold High School and Dick was serving in the United States Air Force as an Airman Second Class. A little over a year later they were married ... twice. On Aug. 11, 1961 they were married by the Burgermeister of Wiesbaden which was their legal wedding. The next day they were married again by the Base Chaplain at Lindsay Air Station.
From those humble beginnings a partnership was formed that saw them through the good times and bad times such as prolonged family separations. Whether in person or by mail, Dick and Gayla have expressed their love for one another daily for these 50 years.
With Gayla at his side, Dick served a long career in the Air Force and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1985. Over those many years, the Platts served in such places as Germany, France, Tennessee, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, California and Colorado. After military retirement, Dick spent the next 15 years working for the Department of Defense as a Management Analyst.
In addition to juggling motherhood and homemaking around the world, Gayla spent many years in metal goods sales. She was co-owner of Centennial Metals in Denver for several years and then retired in 2000 from Metal Goods in Denver.
Dick and Gayla came to Corsicana often to visit her sister and brother-in-law, CeCe and Joe Hubbard, as well as her father and step-mother, Chris and Dorothy Christensen, in Waxahachie. On one of those visits, they bought a building lot in Grandview Estates on Richland/Chambers Reservoir. In 2001, they made the move down here from Denver, built their retirement home, and have enjoyed their retirement here immensely.
Dick and Gayla are avid sports fans and they enjoy pastimes such as eating out, reading, and crossword puzzles. Dick writes a weekly opinion column for the Corsicana Daily Sun and enjoys spoofing everyone and everything. Gayla is very active in the Corsicana Newcomers Club and served as its president for two years.
The Platts have one son, Curt, who lives in Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Terry, and their precious grandson Richard Curtis Platt II. They all had an early celebration of Dick and Gayla’s anniversary on Siesta Key Beach during their annual visit to Florida in June.
For many years in Denver the Platts celebrated their anniversaries with a bottle of champagne in their hot tub. This year, the big doings will consist of a steak and lobster dinner and a double martini under the air conditioner.