A city girl and country boy met at a work picnic at Burleigh Heads, and the rest is history! 60 years ago on July 15, 1961, Ray and Lil Kahl were married at St Luke’s Church, Buranda.
When they met, Lil said, “Ray was an electrician in those days in Brisbane, I was a secretary at an insurance company. Well, my dad used to work with Ray!”
Said Ray, “I was born in Rockhampton and later lived in Ogmore, a small coal mining town north of Marlborough before moving to Brisbane to finish my schooling.”
Ray was Plant Manager for Coca Cola Bottles in Brisbane for 35 years. “I swept floors, cleaned bathrooms and raised the kids. They turned out all right!” Lil smiled.
Their three kids are all teachers. Narelle and Janine remain in Brisbane, with their son Paul at Pottsville. The Kahls have seven grandchildren and one great grandchild, just three months old.
They settled into Rainbow Beach 20 years ago, and although it was a big change, they love the people here.
“Ray likes it here.” Lil shared, “I like shopping. We’ve been coming up here for years on annual holidays. We were in a caravan for a while, bought a unit – then built a house.”
I asked for a tip for a long lasting relationship? Ray was quick: “Keep your mouth shut,” he said, “No, really!”
Lil laughed, “We made it this far, we’re going all right!”