John and Marlene Dillard, Lawrence, will be celebrating their 50 years of marriage throughout the year with parties with family and friends, and a trip to Florence, Italy. Marlene Fisk and John Dillard were married June 16, 1962, at the Presbyterian Church in Caldwell. They began dating while attending Caldwell High School. John is a graduate of Kansas University. He retired as an assistant director of computing services from KU in 2006. Marlene is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. She retired as an English teacher from Basehor-Linwood High School in 1997. During their retirement, the couple has learned to play guitar and are active in the Lawrence music community. They have lived in Lawrence since 1991.
Mike and Linda Amyx of Midlothian, Va., formerly of Baldwin City, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 10. Linda Volz and Mike Amyx were married June 10, 1962, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Kan. They met on a blind date while attending Baker University. Mike is a graduate of Lawrence High School and Kansas University. He is the executive director of the Virginia Municipal League. Linda is retired. They have a daughter, Megan Green, Atlanta; a son, Ross, Richmond, Va.; and four grandchildren. The couple request no gifts.
Siess and Hammer
Virgil and Jackie Siess, Topeka, along with Gary and Julie Hammer, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their children, Betsy Siess, Topeka, and Nathan Hammer, Lawrence. The future bride is a 2008 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and secondary education from Baker University this May and will be a chemistry teacher at Shawnee Heights High. The future groom is a 2007 graduate of Veritas Christian School. He was the media coordinator from 2009 to 2011 at Veritas, is pursuing a film degree from Kansas University, and is employed by KU Media Productions. The couple plan a July 7, 2012, wedding at Mustard Seed Church in Lawrence.
Madril and Tornow
Michael and Kim Madril, Topeka, announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Madril, to Matt Tornow, both of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Washburn Rural High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Friends University in 2008 and is a multi-line producer for Chris J. Munk Agency, State Farm Insurance, in Lawrence. The future groom is a 2003 graduate of Washington High School in Sioux Falls, S.D. He earned dual bachelor’s degrees in English and communications from Kansas University in 2008 and is a bar and restaurant manager for the Eldridge Hotel. The couple plan a Sept. 15, 2012, wedding at Alvamar Country Club.
Biggerstaff and Nelsen
Dwane and Sandy Biggerstaff announce the engagement of their son, Phil Biggerstaff, all of Lawrence, to Audra Nelsen, Wichita. The future groom is a 2008 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is pursuing a career as a firefighter. The future bride earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics from Wichita State University in 2010. She is a math teacher at Wichita North High School. The couple plan a July 21, 2012, wedding at Asbury United Methodist Church in Wichita.
O’Toole and Reams
Pat O’Toole and Cindy McGovern-O’Toole, both of Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly O’Toole, to Thomas Reams, both of Savannah, Ga. The future bride is a 2008 graduate of Free State High School. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation science from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2013. After graduation, she plans to earn a doctorate in physical therapy. The future groom is the son of Tom and Edna Reams, Rincon, Ga., formerly of Lawrence. He is a 2010 graduate of South Effingham High School. He plans to earn bachelor’s degrees in cellular and molecular biology and chemistry from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2014. After graduation, he plans to begin medical school for an anesthesiology career. The couple plan a June 29, 2013, wedding in Savannah.