Houdeks enjoy 50th together
Dennis and Diane Houdek commemorated their 50th anniversary with an intimate family gathering at the coast, attended by all the immediate family. They have also planned an Alaskan cruise for later in the year.
Diane Faust of Vermontville, Mich., married Dennis Houdek of Covert, Mich., on Dec. 22, 1962. The wedding took place at the Vermontville Congregational Church.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Dennis taught high school architectural drafting, metals and auto shop. He later worked for Chevrolet Motor Division in Service and Sales, then for the General Motors Training Center as an instructor. Dennis retired from GM after 18 1/2 years. His career with General Motors moved their family from Michigan to Tennessee and Florida. After retirement, the Houdeks relocated to Oregon, near their daughter.
An Oakland University graduate from Rochester, Mich., Diane worked for Crawford & Co., Indian Trails, Whirlpool Corp., University of Memphis and Oldsmobile. She retired from the GMAC division of General Motors as an executive administrative assistant after 20 1/2 years.
Now that the Houdeks are retired, they pursue a diverse set of hobbies. Dennis restores Piper Cub airplanes and likes to fly. Diane works part time as an instructor at Umpqua Community College, gardens and reads. They both enjoy traveling.
The couple have two children: Toni Clough and her husband, Chip, of Roseburg; and Todd Houdek of Hidden Springs, Idaho. There are also five grandchildren.