Rod and Carolyn McKenzie

Rod and Carolyn McKenzie in 1968.

Roderick and Carolyn (Picker) McKenzie are celebrating 50 years of marriage this month at their home in Hermiston. Rod and Carolyn eloped to Reno on September 21, 1968, while Rod, who was serving in the Army in Vietnam, was home on leave. They returned to Hermiston for a reception at the Church of God.

The couple lived in Fort Campbell, Ky., before moving to Hermiston. They purchased High Desert Marine in 1980.

The McKenzies have two daughters, Lara Arriola and Carla Holwegner, both of Hermiston, and four grandchildren.

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