Dierschows celebrate 62nd wedding anniversary

By on October 13, 2013
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Gordon Dierschow is happy to show off his brand new Chevy Equinox that he purchased from Bob Jass Chevrolet in Elburn. Courtesy Photo

ELBURN—Oct. 6 marked Elburn residents Gordon and Eleanor “Linn” Dierschow’s 62nd wedding anniversary. Married while stationed in Missouri in the United States Army in 1951, the couple stayed down south for four months together.

Returning to St. Charles where Eleanor worked as a registered nurse at the Delnor Hospital, the couple raised two children after Gordon finished his time in the service.

In celebration of their 62-year marriage, the couple recently ordered themselves a Chevy Equinox from Bob Jass Chevrolet on Main Street in Elburn, to be delivered shortly after their anniversary. Lifelong Ford owners, Gordon explained he wanted to buy Chevy this time because of convenience and the fact that he wanted to support a local business.

“I picked the car and Linn picked the color,” said Gordon. “It’s called ‘Silver Ice.’”

His loyalty and dedication far surpasses just buying a car from a local automotive dealer. Gordon has been spending his time between the West Chicago American Legion Post 300, acting as a co-chair of New Year’s Eve parties; coordinator of the Elburn Road Race and Scavenger Hunt; and the Elburn Lions. In fact, 2013 marks Gordon’s 46th year with the Lions.

The Lions Club of Elburn is a part of the worldwide organization of groups of individuals who aid the blind and visually impaired.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with the Lions Club, mowed a lot of lawns at Lions Park, and been to a lot of Elburn Days,” Gordon said. He also installed the first water pipes buried into the Lions Park’s North Pavilion.

In 1994, Dierschow was awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones award, which is the highest form of recognition that a Lion can receive, and named a Lifetime Award recipient.

The Dierschows have been thriving since 1951, and while life has changed, Gordon has some marital advice for young couples today.

“As one of five children, I was raised in a very conservative family,” he said. “My mother used to say, ‘If you don’t have the money, you don’t need it.’”

Gordon and Linn have two grandchildren, and anticipate driving them around town in their new Chevy Equinox.

Now that’s a way to celebrate 62 years together.