Callen and Winkley exchange vows of marriage on Jan. 8

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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MARION ‘DAKOTA’ AND ETHEL CALLEN

While still observing COVID-19 precautions, the staff at the Veterans Affairs (VA), Community Living Center (CLC) in Miles City hosted a wedding for a World War II veteran and his girlfriend of 24 years.

On Friday afternoon, Jan 8, while wearing masks, Marion “Dakota” Callen of Miles City and Ethel Winkley of Forsyth, were united in marriage between the glass at the VA, Community Living Center visiting room in Miles City.

The marriage was performed by Pastor Bill Sikes of the First Baptist Church in Forsyth.

Best Man, Dr. Thomas Trotsky, VA, CLC, stood beside Callen while best man, Tom Erskin of Billings, stood with the pastor and friends on opposite sides of the glass, along with maid of honor “Sis” Meidinger, longtime friend of the bride.

The bride and groom both wore flowers made by friend of the bride, Linda Bowen of Forsyth. Callen wore his suit from high school, which he noted was only the second time it had ever been worn by him.

CLC veterans lined the long hallway, wearing masks and clapping for the groom and bride after they were pronounced husband and wife.

Separate receptions were held by the groom and bride. The CLC kitchen staff hosted the reception for the groom and veterans, while Mrs. Callen had her reception in Forsyth.

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