The couple was married on March 20, 1949, at the Delavan East Lutheran Church. They recalled that there was snow on the ground, but the weather was warm. Surrounded by family and friends, they exchanged their marriage vows and professed their love for one another.
As the old saying goes, opposites attract. Roland was raised on a farm, a country boy, and Delores was a city girl—you can’t get more opposite than that. They started out their life together living a couple years in a house with no electricity or running water. They had a battery operated radio, Alladin lamps and Delores cooked on a wood stove. It was a big adjustment for Delores but she fell in love with the farm life. She enjoyed the livestock, the chores and gardening. She said she also learned a lot from Roland’s mom for which she was very grateful.
To this union four children were born—JoAnn, Diane, David and Ron. Family has always been very important to the Osmundsons. They attended their children’s sporting events and concerts, which also carried over when they had grandchildren. “God blessed us with so many grandchildren,” said Delores. She had made a list with the names of all her grandchildren—16 grands and 20 great-grands. Blessed, indeed!
Delores talked of the cookie baking they did, grandchildren who loved spending the night at grandpa and grandma’s house, lawn mower rides around the yard with Roland, reading to the grandkids and taking them camping, and the Christmases and birthday celebrations they have had over the years. They have always made time for family.