Jeanie and Jim Koonce from rural Southwest City, Missouri will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

The Koonce were united in marriage on Sept. 21, 1957, at Virginia Avenue Baptist Church in Bartlesville, Missouri.

They are both 1956 graduates from Joplin High School. He is a retired corporate pilot. She is a homemaker. The Koonces were foster parents for seven years with more than 22 foster children.

They have two daughters and one son: Karmen Weatherford (Mike) and Jim Koonce II (Shelly), all of Lewisville, Texas; and Kamelle Jones (Bobby) of Tulsa, eight grandchildren: Brett (Dani) Jones, Dayton (Katelyn) Weatherford, Bryan Jones, Blair (Preston) Buntz, Blake (Emma) Jones, James Koonce III, Tara Koonce and Kevin Koonce, and one great-granddaughter, Riley Mae Jones, who was born on Sept. 15, 2017.