Dot and Gary Beckner dated for almost a year when they were 17 and living in Wichita. Their first date was to a Pizza Hut and a drive-in movie, "Easy Rider" in Gary's 1958 Chevy Delray. After high school they went their separate ways and married other people. In 2002 they met again at their 30-year Wichita North High School reunion. They were married last October and live in Lawrence.
Dorothy (Dot) Danler as she appeared in her 1970 Wichita North High School yearbook.
Gary Beckner as he appeared in his 1970 Wichita North High School yearbook. He was 17.
Clockwise from Best Buddies: Bachelorette Party at the Electric Cowboy in Topeka. Dot's grandkids, Nick and Madison. Dot's son Jarric and his girlfriend Melissa. The newlyweds with their "Pastor Rod."
Top: Dot and Gary with their sons: Jason Jarric and Gary. Bottom : Group shot of the wedding party.
Dot Beckner looks over her 1970 Wichita North yearbook as her husband Gary makes a pot of coffee. The Lawrence couple met hadn't seen one another for 30 years and were "re-introduced" at their school's class reunion.
Gary proposing to Dot at Hurst Diamonds after she agreed to marry him he made it official with a ring.