BLOOMINGTON — Tom and Kathy Willan of Bloomington will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by being together with family.
Willan and Kathy Whitehouse were married May 23, 1970, at Park United Methodist Church, Bloomington. Their attendants were Cheryl Hall and Roy Willan.
They are the parents of Jim Willan, Bloomington, and Kristin Willan (Dennis) Grundler, Downs. They have eight grandchildren, Kyleigh, Jakob, Addison, Zackary, Zander, Zoey Grundler, and Olivia and Lucas Willan.
He was a journeyman electrician since 1969, retiring in 2009, and is fire chief of Bloomington Township Fire Protection District since 1997.
She worked in administration at Country Insurance, from 1990 to 2005, and then in administration at Chestnut Health Systems from 2006 until retiring in 2014.
NORMAL — Robert "Bob" Nippe of Normal celebrated his 90th birthday. There will be no family celebration at this time due to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order. At a future date, the family plans a birthday dinner at his favorite restaurant, Jim's Steakhouse.
He was born May 22, 1930, in Flint, Mich. He married Peggy Nippe on Dec. 17, 1955.
His children are Doug (Laurie) Nippe, Bloomington; Kathryn (Tim) Jeakins, East Greenwich, R.I.; and Jennifer (Carlos) Bras, Normal. He has five grandchildren.
He retired from a career at State Farm in 1992. He enjoys keeping up with friends and family.
Raelynn Jane Kath — 7-pound, 7-ounce daughter of Brett and Olivia Kath, Danvers, born May 4, 2020. Sibling: Ryker Jon, 4. Grandparents: Jon and Teresa Simkins, Normal, and Doug and Miriam Kath, Gridley. Great-grandmothers: Rose Simkins, Normal, and Marilyn Woodruff, Burlington, Iowa.
NORMAL — Bryan Freeman of Normal will celebrate his 80th birthday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a family dinner will be planned at a later date. Since they are unable to celebrate in person, the family requests family and friends make him feel special by showering him with 80 cards for his 80th birthday.
He was born May 8, 1940, in Pekin. He married Jo Ann Freeman on Sept. 5, 1965. His sister is Marthajane Hillman, Tremont.
His children are Debbie (Mike) Pauken, Normal, and Lisa (Robert) Brown, Chadds Ford, Pa. He has four grandchildren Taylor Pauken, Virginia Beach, Va.; Bryan Pauken, New Orleans, La.; AND Alexia Brown and Kya Brown, both of Chadds Ford, Pa.
He retired from State Farm Insurance in 1998.
He enjoys fishing, tinkering, spending time with his children, grandchildren, family and friends, traveling with his wife, being "Mr Fix-it," working in the yard, reading, playing solitaire and other games on the computer.
He is a member of First Presbyterian Church where he is an usher and small group leader, member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club where he is membership committee co-chair and Interclub committee chair, and lifetime vice president of CCF.