On August 4th, 2013, Donald E. Nihiser, son of A.Maxine (Rich-Nihiser) Oberdalhoff, deceased, of Highland, and Marilyn J. (Tensmeyer) Nihiser, daughter of Ray and Pauline (Kasten) Tensmeyer, both deceased, of Carlyle, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Don has one brother, Jack Nihiser, of Alhambra, two sisters, Pat Riegel and Jan Schneider of Highland. Marilyn has one sister, Shirley Martin, of Shattuc. They have two sons, Todd and Terry and have many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Don and Marilyn met on a blind date on February 27, 1959 and dated until their marriage on August 4, 1963, at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Carlyle, by Rev. William J. Schweickhart.
They have resided all 50 years, except for when in military, on a 2 ½ acre piece of land just east of Highland. Don worked at Neubauers Meat Market in Highland, and Marilyn at Basler Electric in Highland. In October of 1966, Don was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Vietnam and was north of Saigon during the Tet Offensive and returned with two Bronze Stars in addition to other medals.
In 1971, they purchased Troy Frozen Foods when their two sons, Todd and Terry, were two and three years old respectively. In 1987, Marilyn added the taxidermy to enhance the wild game processing business. In 1993, the business burned to the ground, losing everything. During 1994, they rebuilt the establishment of Troy Foods, Inc. It has been their lifetime endeavor.
After the death of Ray and Pauline, they renovated the Tensmeyer Family Farm, which was purchased by Marilyns grandparents, Dan and Caroline Tensmeyer in 1920. They are now inviting any interested relatives, neighbors and friends to visit them there (13533 Hughes Road, Carlyle) to celebrate this occasion on Sunday, August 4, 2013, from 1:00p.m. on. No gifts please; your friendship and visit is a blessed gift in itself for this informal open house activity.