A Valentine’s Day Story: Residents, Beverly & Haven Skogen, Reflect on 72 Years of Marriage
January 25, 2021
The Lodge at Grand Junction residents Beverly and Haven Skogen will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary in February. In honor of Valentine’s Day, they spoke to us about their love story.
How They Met
Beverly and Haven Skogen were childhood neighbors. At the time, “Bev” was a third-grader and Haven was a fifth-grader and friend of her brother’s. But it wasn’t until they were both adults that sparks flew. At 18, Bev was enrolled as a student at Roosevelt College in Chicago. Haven, now 20, had recently left the Navy and was working at the Mayo Clinic while also attending college.
The former neighbors bumped into one another at a Sunday night band concert in Rochester, and two years later, their relationship blossomed into marriage! The couple wed in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 19, 1949, and moved into married student housing at the end of the school year.
Starting Their Life Together
After graduating from Iowa State University, Haven received a fellowship to Rutgers University. With his bride by his side, he went on to earn his master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemistry, math, and physics!
In the years that followed, the couple lived across the U.S. in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Jersey, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Delaware (where their son was born), and Illinois. In 1977, the Skogens finally settled in Grand Junction, Colorado, where Haven worked as a chemist for Occidental Petroleum before retiring.
A highlight of Haven’s successful scientific career was working for Edward Calvin Kendall, an American chemist who received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1950 for his work with adrenal gland hormones.
They Lived Happily Ever After
Bev and Haven love traveling and have enjoyed many trips to Europe and toured 13 countries. A highlight of their travels abroad was meeting Prince Rainier and Princess Grace on their first trip to Monaco!
Bev and Haven moved to The Lodge at Grand Junction in September 2019. Bev loves chatting with friends and playing bingo, while Haven remains a dedicated student of the world, keenly following national events.
For 72 years, Bev and Haven have been lucky to share a rewarding life full of dedication, commitment, and love. When asked the secret to their long and happy marriage, the couple both said: “There were good times and bad times, but mostly good times, so here we are!”
Happy Anniversary, Bev and Haven!
In Loving Memory:
We are saddened to report that shortly after publishing this story, Beverly Skogen passed away. Bev was proud of this story, sharing autographed copies with her friends at The Lodge at Grand Junction. She will be missed greatly and our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Haven, and their family.