Celebrating 60 years together
Sixty years of marriage is a testament to commitment, perseverance and love.
On September 8, 1962, Ellen and Al Dugan married in Wilmette, Illinois, Ellen’s hometown. The couple remained in Illinois until a job opportunity for Al moved the family to Colorado in 1980. The Dugan’s four children attended Littleton High School. In 1985, the family was reassigned, but they knew they would be back to the Centennial State.
“When we left Colorado, we always knew that we would return when the opportunity allowed,” stated Al. “In 2002, we returned permanently and have lived in the house we purchased in The Village at Castle Pines for 20 years.”
Ellen and Al began dating in college. When the couple decided to marry after more than three years of dating, they discussed similar life goals and priorities.
“We agreed on how our children should be raised and provided a unified front when difficulties arose,” said Al. “Our family was raised to put family before anything else, and we have enjoyed seeing our children and grandchildren grow into their roles in life.”
Three of their four children settled in Colorado after college. The happy couple has 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The Dugans celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family celebration and a trip to Europe.
“Living together for 60 years requires patience, understanding, trust and taking the time to listen to your spouse,” concluded Al.
By Claire Bauer, RCHS intern writer; photos courtesy of Al Dugan