Ray and Bernice (Billinger) Stithem will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary May 16th, 2009, with a reception and dance hosted by their children at WaKeeney Fairgrounds Commerical Building. The reception will be at 7:30 p.m., followed by a dance at 8:30 p.m., with music provided by Jimmie Dee Band.

There will be an anniversary Mass at 4 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, WaKeeney. Family and friends are invited.

Please help us celebrate our parent's 60th wedding anniversary. The couple requests no gifts please.

Children of the couple are Kay and Harry Bennett, Gig Harbor, Wash.; Diane and Dave Gross, Manhattan; Shirley and Tim Hager, and Terry and Mary Stithem, all of WaKeeney; Rhonda and Randy Schademann, Perry; and Robert and Anna Stithem, Colby.

Grandchildren of the couple are Nicole Cushman and husband, Patrick, Staci Haarhuis and husband, G.J., Aaron Gross and wife, DeeDee, Davis Baker, Jared Hager, Ashley Hager, and Dylan Stithem. Great-grandchildren are Connor, Keatin, Colman and Kylar Haarhuis, and Griffin and Gannon Gross.

Cards can be sent to the couple at 413 11th, WaKeeney, KS 67672.

Ray Stithem and Bernice Billinger were married at St. Michael Catholic Church, Collyer.