HIGHLANDTOWN - Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ketchum celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 17 with a gathering of family and friends at the Inverness Fellowship Hall.
The former Jackie Pitts, daughter of the late Howard and Louise Pitts, became the bride of Bill Ketchum, son the late Evelyn and Philip VanRoyan and the late Homer S. Ketchum, on July 17, 1960 at the First Church of Christ (Disciples) in East Liverpool. Reverends Park D. Chapman and John Mostollar performed the ceremony.
Mr. Ketchum retired in 2004 from Quaker State Oil Refinery, where he worked for 30 years. Prior to that, he worked for Thorofare Market and Valu King Grocery Store.
Bill and Jackie Ketchum
The anniversary party was hosted by the couple's children, Tina (Rick) Smith, New Cumberland, W.Va.; Bill Ketchum, Parker, Pa.; Doug Ketchum, West Point; and Jack Ketchum, Wellsville. They also have 7 grandchildren.
The Ketchums also renewed their wedding vows in a ceremony officiated by Pastor Troy Warner of the Wellsville Christian Church, where they are both active members. Several members of their original wedding party accompanied the couple during the ceremony, including Patricia French, Clearmont, Fla., who served as her sister's matron of honor; and best man Glenn Jarvis, Highlandtown, uncle of the groom. Junior bridesmaid Kaye McKenzie Rawson, Wellsville, cousin of the groom; and ring bearer Duane McKenzie, Toledo, cousin of the groom, were also in attendance.