John Eldon Otte celebrated his 80th birthday on June 12.

He was born June 12, 1937 in Goessel. While stationed in Bindlach, Germany, the young U.S. soldier met and married his wife Evi in 1961.

John Eldon is a farmer and clerked for Leland Boesker Auction for 30 years.

His family includes his wife of 55 years, Evi; two sons, Ted Otte and Bryan Otte; a daughter Christine Reinert, with husband Arne. He has three grandchildren, Emily Otte, Anneliese Reinert and Nicholas Reinert.

Cards may be sent to him at 2568 Cimarron Road, Canton, KS 67428.