Harry and Shirley Kannasto of Ashland will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a vacation in Bend and a dinner with family and friends, hosted by their daughter and son-in-law.

Harry Kannasto married Shirley O'Brien on Aug. 30, 1952, in Reno, Nev. They have one daughter, Sherril Wood of Santa Monica, Calif., two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Kannastos are lifelong residents of the Rogue Valley. They met as students at Southern Oregon College and later enjoyed long careers as teachers in the Phoenix-Talent and Medford school districts.

Since their retirement, Shirley has volunteered in the outreach department of Jackson County Library Services. Harry is a musician and plays trumpet in several local ensembles, including the Ashland City Band, the Southern Oregon Concert Band and the Sauer Krauts German Band. He also directs the Sing Kings, a 17-piece big band, which he founded in 1986.

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