Lonnie Kuhn and Stephen Keller were united in marriage on May 3, 1948 at St. Mary's Church in Ellis in a ceremony officiated by Father Virgil Kuhn. Stephen is retired from the Barton County Highway Department. Lonnie is a retired teacher. They have four daughters, Yvonne and Darel Hoffman of Crowley, Texas, Debbie and Dean Allen of Tonganoxie, Stephanie and Kirk Thompson of Topeka and the late Rebecca Ann Keller; five grandchildren, Kristen and Ricky Price of Crowley, Texas, Mandy and Dr. Paul Schroeppel of Eden Prairie, Minn., Danielle and Joseph Elliot of Burleson, Texas, Nicole and Pat Hinrichsen ...
Brad and Rickee Maddox will celebrate their 40th anniversary on April 21. The couple was married on April 21, 1973 in a meadow at the Crane Farm in rural Geneseo. Their children are Benn Maddox and wife Shanna of Great Bend and the late Richard Maddox. They have two grandchildren, Gavynn Richard and Mylee Rae.
Jake and Peggy Stremel will celebrate their 57th anniversary on April 21 with a family dinner followed by a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Great Bend Senior Center. Hosts for the event will be their children, Susan and George Read and Lisa and Greg Richmeier. Friends and family are invited to join the family at the reception and bring a wedding picture (or a photocopy) to add to a display.
Earl and Janice Schmidt will celebrate their 65th anniversary with a reception from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on March 30 at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest, in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be their children, Mike and Janet Schmidt of Cornelius, Ore., Dennis and Terrie Schmidt of Athens, Texas and Brenda Girard of Hays. The couple has eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Kenneth and Linda Bieker will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 16 at St. John Catholic Parish Center, 122 E. 5th Street, in Hoisington. Hosts for the event will be their children.
Ron and Bonnie Mink, formerly of Great Bend, will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a celebration at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 at Springfield Botanical Center in Springfield, Mo. Hosts for the event will be their children, Jessica Nelson and husband Andy of Great Bend and Detective Grant Mink and wife Aubrey of Topeka. The couple has four grandchildren, Emilee Nelson, Victoria Nelson, Scarlet Mink, and Ivy Mink.
Robert and Paula Biles will celebrate their 50th anniversary on May 9, with a Surprise Open House at the Great Bend Recreation Center, Burnside Room, 1214 Stone. Hosts for the event will be their children, Colleen Miller, Loretta McIntosh and Kevin Biles.