Russell and Charlene Ortiz of South Roxana celebrated their 50th anniversary on Feb. 16, 2015.
Russell and the former Charlene Hencke were married on Feb. 16, 1965 in Clayton, Mo.
Russell retired from the U.S. Army and Wood River Amoco in Wood River.
Charlene worked various jobs through the years, but her favorite was providing childcare for her grandchildren.
The couple have four children and spouses, Louis and Stacy Ortiz of East Alton, Michelle and Robert Zarges of Brighton, Angelia and Brett Fulgham of East Alton, and Christina Primavera of Cocoa Beach, Fla.
They have eight grandchildren, Kayleigh Paynic, Brooke and Kyle Gvillo, Jessica Parks, Jarrah Ortiz, Jacob Fulgham, Tori Fulgham and Logan Power. They also have one great-grandchild, Paisley Rae Gvillo.