Lee and Clara Knauss of Central Point celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary May 29 with a renewal of wedding vows, a family reunion, a birthday party and a buffet at the Trail Christian Fellowship Pavilion.

Hosts of the events, with approximately 100 family and friends attending, were their children, Lance (Donna) Knauss of Brookings; Jill (Al) Henney of Central Point; Julie (Jeff) Sherman of Central Point; and Joan and Scott Walker of Central Point.

Lee Knauss married Clara Rose on Feb 4, 1950, in Lawndale, Calif.

The couple moved to the Rogue Valley from Southern California in 1965 and began their own "gentlemen's farm" to raise their children in the country. Eventually they would build a four-bedroom home, where they still live today.

Lee has been a dry cleaner, presser and boiler maintenance man at Crater High School from 1968 to 1972. For a time, he also was the laundry manager at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Clara has been a seamstress, and has done some retail work. She also has worked for Snow White Laundry and Rogue Valley Medical Center's Laundry Department and Laboratory.

Lee and Clara have owned three dry cleaning/alteration businesses: Lee & Clara's Finer Cleaners, in Torrance, Calif; Nu-Way Cleaners and Furriers in Medford from 1976 to 1998; and "Pressing Matters" in Medford from 2000 to 2005. These businesses allowed them to make many acquaintances and provided a place for the family to work together.

Through the years, they have been active members of the Central Medford Church of Christ, now Rogue Valley Christian, the White City Church of Christ and the Crescent City Church of Christ in Crescent City, Calif. They continually filled interim positions at many affiliate Churches of Christ throughout the valley with preaching, singing and teaching Sunday School. Their businesses also offered opportunities to minister to people.

Their retired days are spent enjoying family, including the great-grandchildren, their puppies and the flower and vegetable gardens.

In addition to their children, they have 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

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