Dick and Julie Ryan of Wenatchee will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary during an open house celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. July 14 at Cashmere Riverside Center, 201 Riverside Drive. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served. There will be live music and a toast at 2 p.m.
Julie Mae Beekman and Dick Ryan were married Aug. 16, 1969, in Lakeside, Montana, at the Lakeside Community Chapel.
The couple lived and taught in Othello for three years after marrying. They moved to Cashmere in 1972 and lived there for 44 years, with one year’s residence in 2002 at Lake Wenatchee. In 2018, they moved to Wenatchee.
They are the parents of a daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Matt Ryan-Kelzenberg of Cashmere; a daughter and son-in-law, Dana and John Bates of Carlton, Oregon; a daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Marc Whitehorn of Tempe, Arizona; and a son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and JoAnne Ryan of McCall, Idaho. They have seven grandchildren.
The couple met at Eastern Washington State College, today known as Eastern Washington University, in Cheney. They both graduated from Eastern and started their careers as educators.
He taught for 14 years in the Othello and Cashmere school districts.
She taught for more than 20 years in the Bainbridge Island, Othello and Cashmere school districts.
In addition, the couple started three businesses in Cashmere as co-owners — Ryan Construction, Inc., Ryan Storage and Northwest Doors and Millworks.
— Cala Flamond, World staff