Monday, February 6, 2012

50 years in the making -- Part 1, the beginning

    The second child of Ed and Lucy Zabel was born in a farm house south of Hooker, Oklahoma, March 7, 1939.

     In 1958, Robert Lee Zabel graduated from Adams High School in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He attended Oklahoma State Tech, majoring in farm machinery mechanics. When he tore up his right hand in a racing accident, he dropped out until after he married Vivian Gilbert. Then he returned to Oklahoma State Tech and graduated as a diesel injection specialist.

     Sgt. Raymond and his wife Dolly (Lyles) Gilbert gave birth to Vivian Ellouise July 28, 1943, Randolph AFB, Texas.

     Vivian graduated from Limestone High School, Limestone Maine. Afterwards she began college at Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University), where she met a classmates brother, Robert Zabel.

     When Vivian rode with Robert's sister and her boyfriend to the Oklahoma City Symphony (class assignment), the couple met for the first time since Robert had stopped by to visit his sister on his way to Oregon. The date? November 7, 1961.

To be continued ...

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