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Wurglers celebrate golden anniversary
Couple celebrates with four-day family reunion

Dr. James and Jody Wurgler pose for a wedding photo 50 years ago.

Dr. James and Jody Wurgler pose for a wedding photo 50 years ago.

Dr. James and Jody Wurgler recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a four-day family reunion at Lake Tahoe, Calif. All five children with four spouses and 12 of the 15 grandchildren came to make the celebration a special event.

Jim and Jody met in 1958 on a blind date in her hometown, San Diego, Calif., where Doc was working a summer job before graduation from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

They married two years later in Sacramento, Calif. on July 2, 1960. Their honeymoon/camping trip took them as far as Victoria, BC, before returning home to Sacramento.

A year later, after the birth of their first child, James Jr., they moved to Oroville, Calif. to continue a General Practice residency program at the Butte County Hospital. The next two children, Jennifer and Rebecca, were born while there.

In 1966, Doc was offered employment at Lewis Memorial Hospital in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The last two children, Robert and Wendy, have the distinction of being born in that national park.

During the 20-plus years at Yosemite, Doc was asked to serve in the U.S. Army, first in Vietnam and then at Ft. Devens, Mass.

In 1989, Doc, Jody and Wendy relocated to Grand Canyon National Park.

Finally, in 1999, with all of the children gone, they moved to Williams for Doc to work at the Williams Health Care Center. Williams has become their permanent home and Doc is now retired from medicine. They both stay busy with volunteer work and traveling.

The five children now live all over the U.S. from Maine to Washington state, as well as California and Arizona.

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