William and Arlone Hare celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary earlier this month.
Bill met Arlone at a bus terminal soda fountain in Denver while she was waiting with a friend who was departing. After dating for nine months, the couple were married on Oct. 10, 1945 in a chapel in Las Vegas.
The Hares bonded over their love of travel and the experience of living in new places. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at bases throughout the U.S. and France. That gave them the opportunity to live in several places around the world. They especially enjoyed being stationed in Paris, and in Châteauroux in central France. While stationed in France, the Hares often vacationed in the German Bavarian town of Garmisch, as well as London.
The family eventually moved to Cheyenne in 1965 when Bill was assigned to F.E. Warren Air Force Base. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, Bill was hired by the Union Pacific Railroad, and he also began working as a projectionist for the Paramount Theater in downtown Cheyenne. Bill later opened a successful window covering business, which he only closed last year. Arlone worked as a career civil servant, initially working a Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in the X-ray department and later at F.E. Warren Air Force Base overseeing the operations preparing packaged meals for missile combat crews.
Today, Bill is an avid trout fisherman, and with Arlone’s love of the mountains, they have taken numerous fishing and sightseeing vacations, including to Dubois and Estes Park, Colorado. They also loved their yearly vacations to Hawaii to snorkel and to reunite with friends and family.
Bill and Arlone have three children: David Hare, Ruthanne Takakawa and James Hare, as well as three grandchildren.
The pair celebrated their anniversary over dinner with their children, who traveled to Cheyenne for the occasion.