Jim and Phyllis Wilson are celebrating 60 years of marriage. They were married on Sunday, August 16, 1959, in a small chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Great Bend, KS. They have 3 children, a daughter Gretchen Menke, granddaughter Stephanie and Brad Glass and great-grandchildren Ryan and Alysa; grandson Adam Goetsch and great-grandson Rhett, and granddaughters Meagan Goetsch and Jessica Menke; son Kurt Wilson and wife Jacque, grandsons Kyle, Kirby, Kasey, and granddaughter Joy; and son Erik Wilson and wife Amela and grandson Harris. Much of their family joined them over the Fourth of July at The Tipsy Bear, a private lodge at 11,000 feet near Breckenridge, CO, with a view of 14,252 ft Mt. Quandary from their front door. It was a week of fun, food, and fellowship as they all love the scenery of the Rockies. Jim and Phyllis are Kansas Jayhawks, he was a chemical engineer (1958) and she was an elementary school teacher (1979). They met on a blind date in 1958 going to a KU basketball game featuring "Wilt the Stilt" Chamberlain. They lived in Deer Park, TX, for 21 years and retired to College Station in 2000. Jim has been a Mason over 62 years and is a member of Scottish Rite; Phyllis is a PEO Golden Girl (50 year member). They are active members of Christ UMC. Jim and Phyllis love to travel with four trips to Africa (three with grandchildren), four trips to Asia (three mission trips to Siberia with the Methodist Church), one trip to Australia, six trips to Europe, and three trips to South America (including the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon River); they have visited all 50 states (Alaska is their favorite) and also enjoy their annual trip with family or friends to their time share in Disney World.

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Melissa Pike

When you get married, you become “one flesh” with your mate. (Matthew 19:5) You’ve shown others that unity is essential when making the decision to marry by sharing these years together. Congratulations on this special day and may God be with you as you continue your life together.

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