Ted and Leslie Dirkes
Eagle River’s Ted and Leslie Dirkes celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on March 13, 2013. The couple met while stationed at Fort Ord, Calif. in 1977 and married the following year while living in Pacific Grove, Calif. The couple moved to Germany, where their first two sons were born, then spent four years in Denver, where their third son was born. Ted’s last duty station was in Washington, D.C. (where a fourth child was born) before he retired and the couple returned to Alaska — where Leslie had two more children. Leslie currently serves in the Alaska National Guard.