Elmer "E.J." and Mary Jean Richmeier will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary April 14, 2012.

E.J. was born in Salina and raised on a farm northwest of St. Peter. Mary Jean Aich was born and raised in Hays. They married April 15, 1952, and moved to Hoxie. E.J. spent his career in the Soil Conservation Service and Mary Jean worked as a cook in the Hoxie school system.

A promotion took them to St. John, followed by a move to Manhattan to attend Kansas State University, where E.J. received a bachelor's degree In agriculture on May 17, 1980. That same year, they moved to Garden City, where he took over the duties, for the next 10 years, of overseeing the conservation practices of Finney County.

In 1990, after 35 years in the Soil Conservation Service, he retired and they moved to the mountains of Colorado in Salida where they built a log home. Still restless in retirement, they both went to work at the nearby ski resort of Monarch Ski Area and learned to ski. After 18 years in Salida, they decided to tone things down and retire full time, moving to Shell Knob, Mo., in 2008 along the banks of Table Rock Lake to pursue fishing and boating activities.

The couple's children include Gary Richmeier of Shell Knob; Glenn Richmeier of Woodland Park, Colo.; the late Fred Joseph Richmeier; Janice Nusser of St. John; Brenda Rose of Warsaw, Mo.; and Lisa Bascue of Garden City. They have nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Their children invite you to honor them with a card shower for this milestone. Cards may be sent to E.J. and Mary Jean Richmeier, P.O. Box 271, Shell Knob, MO 65747.