Anniversary: Bob and Loeky Heaton
Bob and Loeky Heaton, of Farmington, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Nov. 5. The couple will celebrate in Las Vegas, Nev., with their children, George and his wife, Tricia, and Nick and his wife, Jennie, from Arizona; and their grandchildren, Sam (George’s son) and Alison and Jade from Arizona.
Bob and Loeky met in 1964 in Amsterdam, Holland, at a friend’s house. Bob was in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany and had just returned from a vacation in Barcelona, Spain. Loeky, of Eindhoven, Netherlands, was also visiting the same friend in Amsterdam. Loeky was a registered nurse, and she was studying in London.
They were married Nov. 5, 1965, near Nashville, Tenn. Bob was sent to Vietnam, and Loeky spent a year in Holland with their young son, George. Then the family went stateside in Fort Monmouth, N.J. Bob was later discharged in 1968 while stationed in Fort Monmouth. The family moved to Ohio where Bob was an electrical supervisor for a coal mine. Bob and Loeky spent six and a half years there before moving to be the chief electrician at a coal mine in Hana, Wyo. After two years of harsh winters, they moved the family to Farmington. Bob was a maintenance electrician for Utah International (now BHP Billiton) for 24 years and retired in 2002. He went back for three more years and retired again. Bob drives for the Meals-On-Wheels program.
Loeky volunteered for many community organizations while living in Farmington, including the Clean City Committee, the American Cancer Society, ECHO Food Bank, Council of Community Agencies, San Juan County FEMA and PATH. She also helped establish the homeless shelter.
While attending to her volunteer roles, she was the director of the Meals-On-Wheels program until she retired in 2003.
Bob and Loeky love to travel the world. They have visited several countries.