A come and go reception for Dick and Avon Bogard, in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, will be held in the Durant First Baptist Church Parlor Saturday, March 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is hosted by their sons, Vince and Alan, assisted by Quina Lewis and Charlene Ridgway.
The couple was married March 21, 1964, in FBC, Victorville, Calif. They met at FBC when Bogard entered the Air Force at George AFB and Avon had just returned to the states with her parents after a tour in Germany.
Bogard said it had to be a “match made in heaven” since the Lord had to coordinate a lot of circumstances to get us together.
Dick grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and Avon on a farm in North Carolina, so he figures it was no coincidence they met in California by way of Germany.
The air force moved them to Wichita where he completed a three-year active duty tour with the 355th TFW at McConnell AFB.
In 1965 they moved to Perry, Okla., to begin a career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, now NRCS. They moved to Blackwell, Okla., in 1967 with SCS, where Vince and Alan were born.
In 1971, they moved to Pawhuska where Bogard served the Osage County Conservation District for more than 20 years as District Conservationist.
In 1992, he helped form the Tallgrass RC&D, also under USDA, and was their coordinator for the six-county area, retiring in 1995.
While in Pawhuska raising boys, Avon began a successful 32-year career as an Avon Representative. She really was “Avon Calling.”
After building a clientele, she became the number one sales rep. for the area for many years, which included Bartlesville.
She won many awards and trips including a trip to NYC for the Bicentennial in 1976. She was also well known in the church and community for her gourmet desserts and baking.
In 1999, Bogard went to work for DHS, Child Welfare. In 2004, they transferred to Durant to be closer to the boys in the Dallas area.
First granddaughter, Skylar, was born in 2004 in Plano. In 2011, first grandson, Pierce, was born in Dallas. In 2012, second granddaughter, Hannah was born in Portland Ore.
Dick credits Avon for keeping the marriage together, their faith in God and Jesus as our savior and trying to live by his word, the Bible.
He says they have been active in church everywhere they lived and recognizes the church as the best family accountability and support group you can have.
He says the road has not always been smooth and learning to communicate and put each other first, to meet the other’s physical and emotional need is very important.
The Bogards consider family the backbone of our society. In this day and age when the family unit is under attack, they want to take time to express appreciation to those who have supported their marriage and family.
Friends are invited to stop by for fellowship and refreshments. No gifts, please. The only presence needed is you.