Minturn couple celebrates 60 years today |

Minturn couple celebrates 60 years today

Special to the Daily Frances and Isaac Renner of Minturn have been married 60 years today.

MINTURN ” Frances and Isaac Renner are just following family tradition.

Frances’ parents reached their 60th anniversary many years ago.

Today, the Renners celebrate their 60th year together. The Renners’ kids, grandkids and friends have some surprise planned, one of which is this story.

The architect of this celebration is Annette Chavez, one of Renners’ granddaughters. She and other family members have planned a day of fun, ending with a reception, dinner and dance tonight at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion.

Today’s party started in the 1940s at a dance in the little town of Wagon Wheel Gap in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. That’s where Isaac met Frances. The youngsters hit it off, and soon Isaac asked for permission to date Frances.

Frances’ brother Danny was sent along on the dates as a chaperone.

“I heard (Isaac) paid Danny a nickel so he could kiss her on the cheek,” Chavez said.

Before the Renners’ romance could hit full bloom, the world interrupted, and Isaac went off to the military during World War II, serving from 1943-45.

After Isaac returned, he and Frances resumed their romance, and the couple, both of whom were in their teens ” Isaac was 19, but there’s a bit of confusion about Frances’ age ” married in 1946 in the San Luis Valley farming town of Del Norte.

The Renners moved to Eagle County in 1952, and Isaac took a job at the New Jersey Zinc mine at Gilman.

A decade later, the first ski lifts started up Vail Mountain. That was also the year the Red Lion restaurant opened in the fledgling ski resort. Frances took a job there, and worked at the Red Lion until 1991.

Now, 60 years after their wedding in Del Norte, the Renners look back on a life that includes three children, seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

While much of today’s celebration is a surprise, Chavez did get her grandparents to reflect a little bit about spending 60 years together.

“They told me they thank God for a loving life together with a beautiful family,” Chavez said.

Staff Writer Scott Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14624, or

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