A couple well known on Whidbey Island will soon be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
Roland and Dorothy Kapes, better known as Rollie and Dottie, were married March 2, 1943 in Seattle.
Rollie had left Seattle to make his first million in Great Forks, N.D., where he met Dottie. After a short courtship, the two were married.
Soon after, Rollie was inducted into the Navy as a selected volunteer where he served until the end of the war.
Rollie was a contractor by trade, building homes and businesses in the Seattle area and later moving to Whidbey Island.
During those years the couple raised three children, Gloria, Bonny and Greg.
When Greg was 15 years old, they adopted Chris. Not wanting to raise him alone, they added a brother and two sisters to the family: Vicky, Winnie and Peter.
Rollie said God called him into the ministry in 1973 and the couple founded a new church in Langley called The House of Prayer. In 1980 they founded another church in Seattle.
During those years they traveled on many missionary trips ministering God’s word overseas.
Today they are members of the Lakeview Community Church where Rollie is an elder and teacher, and they enjoy their winters in Arizona.