Dick and Loretta Dawdy are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Dick married the former Loretta Smay on Aug. 30, 1964, at Kane Bethany Baptist Church. The Rev. Don Cameron performed the ceremony.
Dick retired in June of 1998 from the Alton Mental Health Center after 35 years of service. Loretta retired in July 2008 from WBGZ radio after 27 years in media advertising sales.
Their children are the late Shannon Dawdy and Autume Goeken of Alton. They also have three stepgrandchildren, John, Georgie, Christiyna and three grandchildren, all living in California.
The couple will celebrate with an 18-day European cruise.