LaVerne and Ben Ellerbeck celebrated 64 years of marriage Dec. 29, 2010. Their anniversary gift to each other was a trip to Richmond to visit old friends and their old stomping ground. The two met in September of 1946, were engaged by November and married by December. Ben took LaVerne to Hot Springs, Ark. Ben spent more than 27 years working at the post office in Richmond and spent four years as post master in Hardin. He has since been retired 30 years. LaVerne worked part time at the Richmond News for 10 years stripping photos. She and Ben had three daughters, Connie, Audrey and Rita. All five members of the Ellerbeck family graduated from Richmond High School. Ben and LaVerne now reside in Raytown.