They were married Oct. 6, 1963, at Central Methodist Church in Muskegon, Mich., by the Rev. John Bunce.
Marilyn grew up in the Silver Lake area and graduated from Silver Lake School in 1960. Roger grew up in Michigan and graduated from Muskegon High School. They met while working together at Brunswick Boats in Warsaw.
They have two children: Wendy (Kevin) Hite, New Paris; and Andy (Paula) Bayak, Osceola; and six grandchildren, two of whom were adopted from Ukraine.
Roger worked as plant manager and retired from Starcraft Boats, Goshen. Roger is the commander of the Goshen Veterans Honor Guard. Marilyn worked 37 years as an administrative assistant at Goshen College and now works part time at Micrology Laboratories in Goshen.
They are celebrating by having an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the VFW Post 985, 1201 W. Pike St., Goshen.