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Page 10 - February 20, 2008 ~'~ ~@:!~i~ @5 ~:~:i;~i: ~ii!i~,i~ ,~!!~ !~i ~ ~ ~ ~ ~? ~ ~ !:i ~:> ~ The Youngers, on their wedding day, above, and more recently, right. By Jessica Stewart Fo/" The New Era A case of a mistaken identity at the community swimming pool in 1986 led to 21 years of marriage for Rob and Karen Younger. After Karen's first husband died, she and her children - Tiffany, Tymberlee and Matthew - moved from Santa Cruz, Calif. to Sweet Home Karen encouraged her children to get involved with sports, hop- ing it would help to take their minds off all the drastic changes in their life Tymberlee began taking swimming lessons while Karen watched from the sidelines. One day, as Karen was sitting by the pool, a man approached, mis- taking Karen for her sister. The man was Rob Younger, who had walked by the pool after coaching football practice. "The next day after practice, 1 made sure I went to the swimming pool again to see if she was there," Rob said, "and sure enough she was." On Nov. 28, the day before the football playoff semifinals, Rob, who was defensive coordinator for the Huskies, asked Karen out for dinner and a movie to take his mind offthe game. They went to Albany to see "Top Gun" and ate dinner at Cameron's, now called Sweet Wa- ters. Before the movie, they went to the Emporium and walked through the cosmetic section, spraying each other with colognes and perfumes and laughing. "We have the same sense of humor," Karen said. "We laugh at the same things. We tried to keep a sense of humor throughout our mar- riage, both with ourselves and with our kids." The next day, Sweet Home beat North Valley to set up a finals match-up with Dallas. Not wanting to break the tradition, Rob asked Karen out again the night before the finals. Twelve days later, on Dec. 16, Rob took Karen to the junior high, above the football field. He pointed to the field and told her that in a relationship with him, there would always be football. "He told me he loved me, which we had both already acknowl- edged, and asked me if I would be interested in being a football wife," Karen said. Rob said that, while there was no question that they loved, each other and wanted to get married, football would always be a big part of their life together and he was unsure if Karen would be comfort- able with that as it would be different from her previous marriage. But Karen was willing to try, and they decided to get married. "We both had happy marriages before, very happy and successful, it's just that.our spouses passed away," said Rob, whose first wife died in November of 1985. "We knew what would make a healthy marriage and that the wedding would just be a part of it." So on Feb. 21, 1987, Rob and Karen had a small wedding at the Sweet Home Community Chapel. Close friends and family attended, and some of Karen's old friends t om California came to help her cel- ebrate. Her sister, who had delivered a baby girl just three days before the wedding, was a bridesmaid. The couple was married in the morning and the ceremony was followed by a buffet lunch that included finger " o r 1 th ' " ' " Everyb dy was eal yhappy, o erthan theklds, saldRob, We Jail laugh at the wedding photos now, After the wedding, Rob and Karen went to Eugene for a short hon, , eymoon, and in March, they took a trip o Washington, D,C "'We visited the Smithsonian Institutions and took in all the sights,": Karen said. "It was great, We just did what wew ted, with no special 0,7, " : schedule r an hmg, Over 20 years later, Rob and Karen are still happily marrie& bey will be celebratingtheir 21 st wedding anniversary Thursday. 959 Grove Street Lebanon The way to give wedding cash. 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