Mr. and Mrs. R. Elmer Fortener recently celebrated 60 years of marriage with a surprise party given by their children June 30.
Elmer and the former Rosemary Hesseling were united in marriage June 27, 1953, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Bishop Albert Ottenweller officiating.
They are the parents of Rick (Marla) Fortener, Bobby Fortener (deceased), Barbara Smith, Bonnie (Bill) Mullenhour and Connie (Dennis) Klausing.
They also have 12 grandchildren, one of whom is deceased; eight great-grandchildren, one of whom is deceased; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
Elmer is retired from Shawnee Distributors. Rosemary is retired from Orbitron.