Anna and Paul Deerr celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on January 31, 2017. A surprise reception was presented in their honor by their family on February 12, 2017, at the South Louisville Church in Louisville, Ky. The two met as young teens in Louisville. Paul Deerr joined the Navy, and while on leave he and Anna Deerr were married on January 31, 1942. He shipped out the following December, serving on the destroyer USS Bates, from Normandy to Okinawa where his ship was sunk. Anna worked at Louisville’s Nichols General Hospital, a veteran medical facility, during his absence.
After the war he built the home in which they still reside. They had four children, Carolyn (Hooper), Larry, Diane (Whittenburg), and Woody. He retired from DuPont as instrument mechanic, and she retired as bookkeeper from the Louisville Chamber of Commerce. Anna’s mother was an Adventist and the family studied with her, accepted the truth, and were baptized.
All have served their church in various capacities throughout the years. The Deerrs, with servant hearts, helped build the standing South Louisville Church. They served more than 50 years as Louisville Cherokee Pathfinder director/counselors. Until recent years, Paul served as maintenance man and head deacon, Anna as secretary/go-to lady in the church. Sabbath afternoon fellowship dinners hosted by the Deerrs were enjoyed not only by family, but with friends and new church members over the years. Anna is 94 and Paul is 95 years young, both still strong in the Lord, and they attribute marital success to their faith and commitment to God, each other, and family.
Kentucky-Tennessee | May 2017