Lowell Sohm will celebrate his 85th birthday on Jan. 18, with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Hall in Otis. Hosts for the event will be his children, Ronda and David Ranker of Hays, Steve and Evelyn Sohm of Otis, Susan and Ron Mohr of Wilmington, N.C., Diane Rexwinkle of Great Bend, and Mike Sohm of Otis.
Loray Wilhelm will celebrate his 90th birthday with a casual, come and go Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 17, at the Buhler Sunshine Meadows in Buhler. Hosts for the event will be his family. Your presence is his gift.
John "Pat" Keeley will celebrate his 90th birthday with a party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 22, at the Country Kitchen Restaurant at Best Western Hotel, 915 E. 53rd St., in Wichita. Hosts for the event will be Edward and Laurel Keeley.
Catherine (Esfeld) Birzer will celebrate her 90th birthday on Nov. 23, with a card shower. Catherine is the daughter of the late Fred and Francis Esfeld. On April 27, 1948, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Birzer. He is deceased. Catherine has four children, Melvin (Twila) Birzer, and Connie (Keith) Miller, both of Great Bend, Steve (Brenda) Birzer, of Ellinwood, and Jane (Bob) Carr, of Edmond, Okla.; 27 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Orville Monroe celebrated his 80th birthday on Oct. 26, with a Come and Go Open House. Born on Oct. 24, on a farm near Geneseo, he was one of 13 children. With the exception of time spent in Korea, he was employed in the oilfield, with the last 25 years spent as owner of his own small oil company, Big O Oil Company. He and his wife Jackie have two daughters, Eileen Wilkinson (Bobby) of Dennison, Texas and Jenny Hejny (Daniel) of McCamey, Texas; and three step-children, Melissa Dickson (Tim) of Ellinwood, Bret Eulert (Connie) of Great Bend and Colby ...