RETIREES … Mr. Douglas George Johnson and Mrs. Donna Jean (Badenhop) Johnson, 2023, enjoying the beginning of their full-time retirement together. (PHOTO BY ANNA WOZNIAK / THE VILLAGE REPORTER
By: Anna Wozniak
Two years after Donna Jean Badenhop started attending Liberty Center High School in 1956, she entertained a wild idea introduced by her fellow bandmate and cousin: why not date the saxophone player who lived eight miles down the road?
This idea spurred a string of dates, and soon the daughter of Herbert and Lydia (Kruse) Badenhop, of Wauseon, and the son of George and Virgina (Teeters) Douglas, of Liberty Center, were married in 1962.
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