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Lloyd and Ruby Schofield (Vandall) marked 65 years together on Dec. 20. Ruby, the daughter of a coal miner, and Lloyd, the son of a protestant minister, were married Dec. 20, 1951, at the Assembly of God parsonage in Olympia, Wash. on Dec. 20, 1951.
The two met after Lloyd's father became pastor of Ruby's church in Mahan, W.Va. but it took a couple of years for the two to meet, as Lloyd had left West Virginia before his father's transfer to work in Cleveland.
Lloyd had moved north and got a job with Republic Steel, initially staying with his sister, after graduating from high school in 1948. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1951 and became a corporal in the 546th Field Artillery in Ft. Lewis, Wash.
Lloyd met Ruby for the first time when he went home on furlough in June the year he was drafted. He asked her to marry him -- "after 10 dates," says Ruby -- before returning to Ft. Lewis.
The two were married in December on Lloyd's next furlough after he had found an apartment for them, a pastor to marry them, and "after my mother made my wedding gown," Ruby says. Her daughter later wore the same gown at her wedding.
Although the Korean War was ongoing, Lloyd's unit remained stateside, though he says they were deployed to the Southwest to witness an atomic explosion and were marched to ground zero.
After his discharge, Lloyd returned to Republic Steel, where he retired after 37 years of service as a maintenance man in 1984. He then went to work for Loveman Steel Corp. in Bedford Heights, where he worked 10 years full-time, then another 20 years part time before he finally stopped working in 1984.
Ruby worked at Bedford Nursery School at the Bedford Church of the Nazarene for six years, as well as for Dr. Roemer in Bedford for nine years.
The couple lived in Bedford Heights before moving to the house they built in Macedonia 37 years ago.
Their two children, Kathy Lott (Douglas) of Olathe, Kansas, and Gary Schofield, (Shawn) of Chesterland, graduated from Bedford High School. They have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The couple have been members of the Bedford Church of the Nazarene for the past 63 years and say much of their life has been centered on church activities.
They renewed their vows with family at the church on their 50th wedding anniversary.