Kathy met her late husband Richard in Topeka, Kansas, where Kathy was studying nursing and Richard was working in the same hospital. After Kathy’s graduation, they were married, then attended and graduated from Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska. With a desire to go into mission work, they spent a summer in Alaska at Victory Bible Camp and Victory High School. They returned to Alaska in the fall of 1973 with their young son to the campus of Arctic Bible Institute (ABI) near Palmer. Richard served in maintenance and Kathy was the school nurse for the next fifteen years. After ABI closed, Richard was asked to assume the position of Alaskan business manager in 1991 while filling in for maintenance needs periodically. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandsons. Richard went to be with the Lord in 2014.