Robin and Jeremy Utley, married Wednesday at a meeting of the Iola Amateur Radio Club, plan to ingest a few green chiles on their honeymoon — but that won’t be until September.
“We’re going to have a full-blown traditional ceremony for her family in September,” Jeremy said.
“We’ll go on a honeymoon then,” Robin said. “I used to live in Las Vegas, N.M., and I’d like to have some of the Mexican food from there, with green chiles.”
The newlyweds met in Seattle, after Jeremy moved there because of a previous girlfriend and to take advantage of what he said was a fertile market for his computer skills. Robin also was working in Seattle, for the Internal Revenue Service, and was dating a friend of Jeremy’s who introduced them.
The love bug bit the new friends and soon they had abandoned old loves for each other.
Jeremy, a 1990 graduate of Burlington High School, had a drove of family and friends in the Iola-Piqua area, and decided to move back to Iola in December 2008 to work as an independent computer systems administrator.
Robin came for a visit last May, decided she didn’t want to be separated from Jeremy and returned for good in July.
Soon wedding plans were unfolding, with September 2010 as the target date. Health problems for Robin intervened and the couple decided it would be better to wed sooner for insurance purposes.
When he found out about their marriage plans, Ralph Romig, former Burlington chief of police who knew Jeremy when he was in high school, told the couple he would like to marry them. He can, as a licensed municipal judge. He also is vice president of the radio club.
“We’re both licensed ham radio operators and members of the radio club here,” Jeremy said of himself and Robin, “so we decided why not have Ralph marry us at a club meeting?”
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