Otto and Lorna Kahnert of Medford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 23, 2013, at an open house with family and friends and a private dinner with the couple's daughter, Brenda, and her husband, John, at their home in Medford. About 25 people attended.
Otto Kahnert married Lorna Thompson at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 1963, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Medford. Lorna was born in Klamath Falls and moved to Phoenix when she was 9 months old. She worked for the Mail Tribune as a switchboard operator for 10 years.
Otto was born in raised in New Wells, Mo. In 1948, he moved to Southern California to build houses before serving in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1952. His first language is German, which allowed him to translate German to English while stationed in Germany. Otto moved to Medford in 1956 and worked as a builder.
Otto and Lorna both bowled on separate teams at Roxy Ann Lanes. After several months of dating, Otto proposed to Lorna in front of the Whistle Stop restaurant on Front Street.
Otto built the home — where they live today — in 1964. Three years later, they had their one and only child, Brenda.