Dave and Pam Tudor will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 21. They marked the occasion early with a trip to Hawaii in August with their children and grandchildren: Olivia, Eric, and Jacob Ashley and Lindsay, Peter, Miles, and Thea McCarthy.
Dave and Pam met as seniors in high school in Zearing, Iowa. After graduating, Dave served in Vietnam, receiving the Purple Heart, while Pam attended the University of Northern Iowa. They were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Nevada, Iowa, on Oct. 21, 1967. They started their married life in North Carolina where Dave finished his tour of duty. The following five years they spent farming in Iowa. In 1972, they moved from their farm to southern Iowa where Dave worked for Caterpillar and Pam worked for Iowa Southern Utilities. Before leaving Iowa, Dave assembled a steel mill.
In 1976, Dave came out to Montana and fell in love with the Big Sky Country. He decided to stay and brought Pam to Great Falls. Dave took a job with Caterpillar and in October 1976, their first baby, Olivia, was born. Between 1978 and 1979, Pam and Dave lived in Bridger, where they enjoyed making new friends and memories while Dave worked on a large ranch. They moved to Helena in 1979, where they welcomed their second baby girl, Lindsay. Dave purchased a machine shop in 1989 from his mentor and dear friend, Bill Bradford, which would later become Tudor Machine, Inc. The shop continues to keep Dave busy and working. Pam retired in 2013 from Montana School Services Foundation after 25 years.
Pam and Dave are longtime members of First Lutheran Church in Helena. Over the years they have made many trips back to Iowa to stay in touch with family and friends. In the last few years they have been fortunate to travel to Africa, New Zealand, Alaska and Hawaii. They continue to enjoy the Montana outdoors and spending time with grandchildren. They are planning at least one more African adventure.