Vernon and Joan Schweer of Topeka will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a come-and-go reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Garden City.

Hosts for the occasion will be their children and spouses: Steve and Sara Gleason of Garden City; Rick and Sonya Roberts of Hillsboro; and Matt and Shantell Schweer of Windsor, Colo.

Vernon Schweer and Joan Joye Brinkmeyer were married Aug. 12, 1962, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Garden City.

They have seven grandchildren.

Vernon and Joan grew up on farms north of Garden City, graduated from Garden City High School classes of 1958 and 1961, and attended Kansas State University.

Vernon taught agriculture at Plains and Kingman high schools before returning to the family farm in 1968. He was a member of USD 457 Board of Education and taught ag ed at GCHS in the late 1980s. In 1990 the family moved to Olsburg where Vernon taught ag ed at Blue Valley High School. In 2005 he accepted the position of ag ed supervisor with the Kansas Department of Education in Topeka. Joan worked as an accountant for Lewis, Hooper & Dick and has been self-employed since 1994.