Duane and Ruth Wyatt will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception with family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, Building No.1. Duane Wyatt Sr. and Ruth Carr were married July 6, 1958, in Lecompton. They lived in Lawrence, where they raised their four boys: Duane Jr., Jeff, Bryan and Doug. Duane worked for Woods Lumber Yard for 21 years. He was an active member and past president of the Eagles Lodge No. 309. In 1979, they moved to Osage City, where they operated a hardware store until 1984. In 1981, Duane was elected president of the Osage City Chamber of Commerce. Duane and Ruth later moved to Topeka, where they worked for Jostens until Duane's retirement in 1996. The couple then returned to Lawrence, where Ruth worked for the city of Lawrence until her retirement in 2001. The couple now reside in Eudora and are lifelong members of the Lawrence Wesleyan Church. They have 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Earl and Mary Schweppe, Lawrence, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 7 with a surprise reception hosted by their children. Mary Woolston and Earl Schweppe were married on June 25, 1948. They have three children: Marla Schweppe, Rochester, N.Y.; Roger and Darlene Schweppe, Topeka; and Eric Schweppe, Lawrence. They have three grandchildren. The couple have lived in Lawrence since 1968. They request no gifts.
Arthur "Sonny" and Shirley Tarpy, Lawrence, were honored on April 27 with an open house reception to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The event was hosted at their home by their children. About 75 friends and relatives attended. Sonny Tarpy and Shirley Athey were married on April 30, 1958, in Lawrence. The couple raised their children in Eudora before moving to their current residence, where Shirley ran a day care for several years and where they operated a home-grown fruit and vegetable business. Sonny retired from the Lawrence Public Works Department in 1995. They have five children: the late Scott Tarpy and his wife, Coleen, Neosho Mo.; Allan Tarpy, Lawrence; Cathy Newton, Ozawkie; Becky Dilts, Lawrence; and Cheryl Apel, Lawrence. They have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lindsey Clevenger and Dale Sleeper, both of Lawrence, were married June 21, 2008, at Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. John McFarland officiating. The bride is the daughter of Stephen Clevenger and Dani Sheltry, both of Lawrence. The groom is the son of David and Pamela Mooney, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Rachel Christenson. Best man was Jeff Parks. Bridesmaids were Shannon Holloway and Amanda McGinnis. Groomsmen were Brandon Clevenger and Andrew Mattson. Junior bridesmaids were Morgan Hemelrick, Laina Sleeper and Ruthie Sleeper. Flower girl was Alexia Clevenger. Ring bearer was Brayden Clevenger. Ushers were Aaron Hemelrick and Devon Pinegar. Guestbook attendant was Katelyn Maxwell. Reception hostesses were Linda Pinegar, Cara Scheideman and Katelyn Maxwell. A reception followed at the Lawrence Community Building. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School. She received an Associate of Science degree from Neosho County Community College in 2006. She is studying applied behavioral science at Kansas University. The groom is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is employed with Gregg Tire. The couple reside in Lawrence.
Erika Kjorlie, Austin, Texas, and John Geery, Lawrence, were married June 7, 2008, at Clinton Lake, near Stull, with the Rev. James Marc Smith officiating. The bride is the daughter of Eric Kjorlie, Topeka, and Paula Kjorlie, Tubac, Ariz. The groom is the son of Alan and Melinn Geery, Tecumseh. Maid of honor was Ianne Kjorlie. Best man was Chad Kemper. Paula Kjorlie, Eric Kjorlie, Steen Kjorlie, Melinn Geery, Alan Geery and Kirk Geery-Weis were party attendants. A reception followed at Kanwaka Township Hall. The bride is a 1989 graduate of Topeka High School. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting with a minor in English from Washburn University in 2001. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is self-employed as a freelance photographer and artist. The groom is a 1989 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School, Topeka. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting with a minor in art history from Kansas University in 1995. He is self-employed. The couple reside in Lawrence.
Millett and McInroy
Larry and Meta McInroy, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Autumn McInroy, Roeland Park, to John Norman Millett, Fairway. The future bride is a 1999 graduate of Free State High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from Kansas University in 2003. She is a field sales development representative for Echostar Satellite, LLC. The future groom is the son of David Millett, Lawrence, and Mary Millett, Fairway. He is a 1999 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from Kansas University in 2003. He is the director of business development for Stone Creek Consulting. The couple plan a Sept. 20, 2008, wedding at St. Agnes Church in Fairway.
Gregoire and Johanning
Matt Gregoire, Topeka, and Carrie Johanning, Baldwin City, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Orville and Judy Johanning, Baldwin City. She is a graduate of Baldwin High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a Master of Arts degree in education from Baker University. She is employed at Carbondale Attendance Center. The future groom is the son of John Gregoire, Salina, and the late Janeta Gregoire. He graduated from Salina Central High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Kansas Wesleyan University. He plans to receive his Master of Arts degree in education from Baker University in 2009. He is employed at Seaman High School. The couple plan an Aug. 2, 2008, wedding at St. John's United Church of Christ, Baldwin City.
Edwards and Branscum
Hilary Creath Branscum, Beaverton, Ore., and Tyler Scott Edwards, Oakley, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Creath Fleskes, Topeka. She is a 1995 graduate of Aloha High School, Aloha, Ore. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and criminal justice from Kansas University in 2001. She is studying for a Master of Liberal Arts degree in sociology at Baker University. She is a composition account manager at Allen Press Inc. in Lawrence. The future groom is the son of Rex and Mary Asbridge, Oakley. He is a 1997 graduate of Oakley Senior High School. He is the packaging and mailing lead at Allen Press Inc. in Lawrence. The couple plan a Feb. 21, 2009, wedding in Honolulu and a reception in Lawrence in spring 2009.
Rector and Ricke
Andrea Ricke, Hoisington, and William "Alan" Rector, Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Kirby and Mary Ricke, Hoisington. She is a 2000 graduate of Hoisington High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in sport science from Kansas University in 2004. She received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from KU Medical Center in 2007. She is a physical therapist at Stormont-Vail Health Care. The future groom is the son of Dick and Deborah Rector, Lawrence. He is a 1998 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is self-employed as a handy man. The couple plan a Nov. 8, 2008, wedding in Lawrence.
Omland and Montney
Gordon and Carolyn Montney, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jeanmarie Montney to Kristoffer Omland, both of Columbus, Ohio. The future bride is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School. She is a 1999 graduate of Baker University. She graduated from St. Louis University's School of Law and School of Public Health in 2005. The future groom is a 1995 graduate of Penticton High School, Penticton, British Columbia. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in Van Couver in 2001. The couple plan a November 2008 wedding in Lawrence.