Claude I Baker Jr., alias Jud Baker, and Geneva May Baker of Cherokee Village will observe their golden wedding anniversary on June 24.
Born and reared in Wichita, Kan., the couple met in June of 1954, as Genny was waiting at a bus stop. Jud asked her to lunch the next day and two months later the were married by then Judge B. Mack Bryant in Wichita.
Rumor has it that the judge forgot he had scheduled the nuptials at 8 p.m. the night of June 24 at his home, and when the anxious bride and groom arrived, the judge was in his backyard playing croquette with several friends. At this point, Jud was overheard saying, 'Let's get out of here before it's too late!'
After a hurried redressing and setting up of the room, Jud Baker and the former Geneva Cline vowed to remain together "... in good times and bad, in sickness and in health ..." until death do they part.
In 1980, Genny was diagnosed with scleroderma and Raynaud's phenomenon and has been unable to return to her profession as a nurse's aide.
Jud, along with his brother, Keith, and brother-in-law, Roy Ott, opened Baker Machine Shop in 1953. He worked in the shop for 29 years, and moved to Boeing in Wichita in 1982. After 12 years at Boeing, Jud retired, and he and Genny moved to Cherokee Village in 1998.
Jud soon became an active member of the Village community, serving on the now-defunct POA Service Committee, taking welcome packets to newcomers; working for the ACE board on recycling; and serving as president of the HPOA. Both he and Genny participate in the monthly block parties with their friends and neighbors.
Jud and Genny are the proud parents of two boys -- Teddy and Danny; grandparents of 10; and great-grandparents to 13 youngsters.
On June 26 many of these family members and friends will gather between 2 and 4 p.m. at 3 Star Fall Lane in Cherokee Village to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Jud and Genny Baker.