Ruth Ann “Ruthie” and Marvin “Marv” Mitich celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception on Casper Mountain, hosted by Diahann Mitich Franklin.
They met because he had a Harley and she wanted a ride. She “set her cap” for him because he had a job, so the city girl convinced the country boy that marrying her was a good idea.
The very young couple married in the Hardesty Chapel at First United Methodist Church on July 6, 1958. After the honeymoon in Denver, they packed their stuff and moved to Newcastle.
During their life together in Newcastle, three children were born — Dennis, now of Mesa, Arizona; Kenneth of Hudson, Wisconsin, and Diahann (Ed) of Evansville. The little family returned to Casper on Thanksgiving weekend, 1965.
He was a mechanic at Pamco for several years, but was lucky to get a job with Pacific Power at the Dave Johnston Power Plant in Glenrock. He retired from the plant after 24 years, which took him about seven seconds from which to recover (his words).
She was a stay-at-home mom until the fledglings left the nest. She was employed by Amoco Production, The Ramada Inn and finally at Wyoming Machinery, “the Cat House” on the way to the airport without indoor parking.
Their progeny blessed them with three granddaughters — Dusty, Madison, Wisconsin; Amanda, Gillette and Kayla (Jed), River Falls, Wisconsin. Ken’s daughter, Amanda, gave them two great-granddaughters, Charis and Cambria, who live with their mother in Gillette.
Singing became a passion after joining First United Methodist Church Choir, which led to the Casper Civic Chorale in 1978. Because singing groups get a “good” deal, the couple was able to travel to Mexico City, Italy and Germany singing for “their supper” as it were.
“Marvelous” and “Ruthless” are patrons at Casper College Theater and Dance. Music is such a major part of their life, they can be found at nearly every musical event in Casper, especially if it comes with food (and their mothers thought it wouldn’t last).