In July of 1965, a snack bar worker at the Bethlehem Drive-In Theater made a successful play to date the pretty girl taking the ticket money at the entrance. Four years later, on Aug. 23, 1969, Paul Yochum married that lady, Judy (nee Hirschbeck) Yochum, at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Judy joined Paul in South Charleston, West Virginia, where he worked for the FMC Corporation. During those nine years in West Virginia, the couple was blessed with three sons: Andrew (Kim), Sarasota, Fla.; Gregory (Melissa), Hershey, Pa. and Robert (Veronica), Perkasie, Pa. FMC called Paul to work at their Philadelphia headquarters in 1978, and it was during these two years that they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth (Kory) Tuttle. Their four children brought them eight beautiful grandchildren: Alexus, Tyler, Robert, Gabriel, Simon, Hayden, Emily and Hannah.
During Paul’s 50 years with FMC, the family moved from West Virginia to Pennsylvania; to Modesto, Calif.; to Buffalo, N.Y.; back to Philadelphia and finally to Pocatello, Idaho, in 1993. Paul had the easier task of learning new jobs within the same company. Judy had to deal with new schools, new doctors, new churches, new stores and most tricky: the children’s new boyfriends and girlfriends. Thankfully, each new location brought new friends to our acquaintance and lots of opportunities to explore this magnificent country from a different home base.
As they approach retirement, Paul and Judy hope to spend more time with their grandchildren by visiting them at their homes and having them spend more time in the “smile capital.”