Howard is a Greenwich native, while Bette is a native of New London.
They were married at the Church of Christ, Greenwich, on July 3, 1956.
They are the parents of Becky (Bob) Petersen, Duane (Barb) Graffice, Tami Mack, Larry Mack, Lori Shaw, Vicki (Jerry) Hartman and Loren Collins.
They have 10 grandchildren and 11 1/2 great-grandchildren.
He is retired from GTE, while she is a housewife.
The couple had asked their children and spouses, grandchildren and spouses and great-grandchildren to attend church on July 3, where Pastor Amy Little blessed the union of 60 years.