Montagues celebrate 60 happy years of marriage

Peter and Janice met in kindergarten

Peter and Janice Montague, of Reed City, have known each other since kindergarten and started dating as sophomores in high school before graduating in 1956.

After graduating, he attended Ferris State Institute (now known as Ferris State University). They were married in 1960 while Peter was in college and Janice was working in Lansing, Michigan as a secretary at the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors.

Peter took a job with Michigan Consolidated Gas Company in Mt. Pleasant after receiving his AAS Degree from Ferris State College. Ultimately, he was transferred to Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula as head of the Engineering Department in 1965.

Janice was a stay at home mom after their first daughter was born in 1966. She then returned to work when their daughter started kindergarten and bought a 119 acre piece of property and built a new home. In the meantime their second daughter was born in 1973.

Shortly after moving into their home Peter was transferred back to Mt. Pleasant and after two years the company eliminated that office. Peter and Janice turned down an offer for a transfer to the Detroit office and instead moved back to Peters family farm in the Reed City area.

Peter went back to Ferris State University at age 40 and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He was offered a job in the LifeLong Learning Department where he conducted classes for MDOT employees to receive certification and recertification certificates.

He also taught part time in the School of Business teaching Management classes. In the meantime Janice worked as a secretary for an attorney's office in Reed City for seven years before taking a position at Ferris State University in the Career Services office for almost 14 years. Peter and Janice both retired from Ferris in 2001.

Before and after retiring Peter enjoyed hiking in the U.P. and hiked part of the Appalachian Trail. In 2002 they traveled to New Mexico, Texas and Florida for a Four-month vacation with their camper.

Deciding they loved the beauty of the western United States they once again took a trip back to New Mexico in 2006 where they went on a four day backpacking trip up into the Gila Mountains at the young ages of 68 and 69.

Janice has enjoyed organizing an annual reunion for the alumni of the old Hersey School that was torn down after the last graduating class of 1957.

From high school sweethearts to 60 years of marriage, they have jumped hurdles and endured hardships that the young couples today only read about in history class.

Pete and Jan both say, "Jump over those hurdles and get back to the reasons you got married in the first place."