Reg and Dianne Kerle of Glenleigh are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on January 18, 2019, as well as both turning 70 this year.
Reg and Dianne Kerle of Glenleigh are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on January 18, 2019, as well as both turning 70 this year. Contributed

Death of a gunfighter, start of a marriage

THE year is 1969.

19-year-olds Dianne Bovell and Reg Kerle are at the drive-in watching the "cowboys and Indians” film Death of a Gunfighter.

Iconic Western actor Richard Widmark's character Marshal Frank Patch pulls out a ring to propose to actress Lena Horne's character Claire Quintana... and in real life, at the same time, so does Reg.

This Friday, the Glenleigh couple, who have four daughters and eight grandchildren, will celebrate 50 years of marriage, also know as the Golden Anniversary.

Dianne and Reg Kerle with youngest grandchildren Hayden and Sophie.
Dianne and Reg Kerle with youngest grandchildren Hayden and Georgia. Contributed

After meeting in Western Australia where Dianne is from, the Kerles have lived most of their married life in the Monto area, apart from a brief period in Darwin where they started their family.

Both turning 70 this year (Reg in March, Dianne in May), the Kerles are still hard at work growing lucerne and farming cattle.

"We're mad to still here,” Dianne said.

But, she said, Reg will never be ready to retire.

In fact, some of her friends think there ought to be some sort of medal Dianne can be awarded for being married to the fiery farmer for 50 years.

Reg Kerle with recently deceased great-granddaughter Sophie.
Reg Kerle with recently deceased great-granddaughter Sophie. Contributed

She "can't believe” it's been a half-century already.

"The older you get, the faster it goes,” Dianne said.

Perhaps this is because of the pace at which the former teacher at Monto State High School and Abercorn State School lives life.

In 2000, Dianne ran with the Olympic torch and in the years since she has sought out a variety of unlikely endeavours, from bungee-jumping and sky-diving to camel and balloon racing.

In their own ways, it seems neither Reg nor Dianne have any plans of slowing down.