Donald and Diana McCleary of Liberty, Ill., are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Their children are hosting an open house from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, August 16, at Town and Country Inn and Suites, 110 N. 54th St., Quincy. Friends and family are welcome to join the festivities.
Mr. McCleary and the former Diana Morley, were married August 16, 1969, at St. Brigid Church, Liberty, Ill., with mass by Fr. Henry Kozak.
Diana is a daughter of the late Clyde Morley and Neva Morley Lee. Donald is a son of the late Harry and Coletta McCleary.
They have four children, Dawn (Joe) Ormond, of Liberty, Deborah (Doug) Johnson, of Quincy, Darin (Nikki) McCleary, of Liberty, and David (Janice) McCleary, of Liberty. They have eight grandchildren.
Although they had known each other at Liberty school, they started dating after having a "heated discussion" over John Deere and Oliver tractors at the teen dance at the 1968 Adams County Fair. Yes, they left the dance and went to the tractor pull. Yes, Don won that discussion and they have John Deere equipment still after 50 years.
Donald is a farmer, and his activities include Liberty Lions Club, Liberty Community Unit Dist # 2 School Board (retired after 34 years), Adams County Farm Bureau, Liberty Booster Club, Quincy Friends of the Performing Arts, former president of St. Brigid Holy Name and Chairman Building and Grounds, also former Adams County Pork Producers and Adams County Soil and Water Conservation Committee.
Diana is a farm wife, and her activities include piano teacher and accompanist for Liberty school choirs and band students, treasurer for Orr Center Cor. (U. of Ill./John Wood Perry Ag Center), Quincy Friends of the Performing Arts, substitute pianist for St. Peter church and others, former president of Liberty Community Assoc. and the Adams County Porkettes, music director, liturgy chairman and PSR teacher for St. Brigid.
Both Don and Diana enjoy attending all their grandchildrens' events as well as visiting and vacationing with friends and family.
Mr. and Mrs. McCleary are members of Church of St. Peter, Quincy.