Vernon and Gretchen (Vickery) Palmer, of Bend, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary June 17 with a family celebration.

The couple were married June 17, 1974, in a house on the Metolius River. They have four children, Matthew and Rachael, both of Portland, Zachary (and Stacy), of Bend, and Sarah (and Andre) Antoniou, of Bend; and four grandchildren.

The couple have been the owners of Palmer Homes since 1977.

They have lived in Central Oregon for 41 years.