The Fenton High School classmates of Dan Barker and Ann Dreisbach likely remember them as the couple destined to spend a lifetime together — and they have.
Members of the Class of 1970, the first graduating class in the new FHS building, the couple will celebrate 47 years of marriage this September. They are the parents of two daughters, Kelly, 39 and Lindsey, 37.
“We have lived in Fenton (or the surrounding area) our entire married lives except for a year or so we lived in Colorado in the 70s,” Ann said. “Dan and I both went to Ferris State. We are both retired. Dan worked at GM Proving Grounds as a test engineer. I worked for Independent Medical Networks as a patient advocate, helping uninsured patients obtain medical coverage through various programs.”
Ann said, “It (1970) was a memorable year — new school, teacher strike, bomb threat. Due to the teacher strike, our graduation ceremony took place on June 25. We were given diploma covers with no diploma inside because we had to return to school the next week to take exams. The actual diplomas were given out in July.”
Ann said she and Dan started dating in 1969 and were married in 1972. “I was the homecoming queen,” she said. “My younger siblings had their friends vote for me. I never felt like queen material. I was also a cheerleader.”
Dan was very involved with school sports and extracurricular activities. He played four years of football, was in the Glee Club for two years and wrestling for three.
“Since retiring we just like to not ‘have’ to work, no schedule and no commutes,” Ann said. “Since retiring we have done some traveling in the U.S. but our favorite place to travel is northern Michigan. We live in such a beautiful state.”