Dick Walden

Join family and friends for the 85th birthday open-house celebration for Coach Dick Walden of Elkins from 2-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Third Ward School. Gifts are to be omitted.

Mr. Walden was born in Elkins, a son of the late George and Thelma Walden.

On May 21, 1952, he was married to Betty; and they have celebrated 61 years of marriage.

They are the parents of one daughter, Barbara Tyre, a teacher at Third Ward School, and her husband, Ed, a salesman for Elkins Builders. They also have two grandsons, Richard Tyre, a doctoral student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., and professor at Valdosta State University, and Matthew Tyre, a chef at the Contemporary Resort at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Mr. Walden spent his childhood living on Orchard Street in Elkins and was an athlete participating in football, basketball and track. After graduating from Elkins High School and Davis & Elkins College, he began his teaching and coaching career in McDowell County. He also served as a captain in the West Virginia National Guard.

In 1969, he and his family moved back to his hometown of Elkins where he is a member of First United Methodist Church. He continued as a coach at Elkins Junior High School and was principal at Elkins Middle School until his retirement in 1985. An active member of the Lions Club and past district governor, he recently received his 60-year pin.