John Amon Patton and Doris Dwade Isaacs were married July 18, 1955, and are now celebrating their 60th anniversary.

John Amon Patton and Doris Dwade Isaacs were married July 18, 1955, and are now celebrating their 60th anniversary.

They made their home in Oklahoma City for the first 17 years of their marriage. At that time, they moved to Bethel Acres near Shawnee and resided there for 32 years. Then, they relocated into Shawnee 11 years ago.

Mr. Patton served two years in the U.S. Army. His first year was spent at Camp Desert Rock in Nevada, where he participated in the testing of the A-Bomb. His last year of service was spent in Germany, where he played saxophone in a U.S. Army band which was formed to further German-American relations. Following his time in the service, he was employed as a supervisor in the central receiving division of Tinker Air Force until his retirement in 1993.

Mrs. Patton spent 10 years in the insurance industry. She then was in the income tax business associated with H&R Block for 36 years. For the first 20 of these years, she was employed by the company in management. She resigned her position with the company and then bought the H&R Block franchise in Seminole and operated it for the last 16 years of her career, retiring in the fall of 2004.

The couple has two children: Johnna K. Hittell of Shawnee and Gregory C. Patton of Choctaw. They have two granddaughters: Janae Wondrock and Jamie Hittell, both of Shawnee. They also have four great-grandchildren: Aiyanna DeHaven, Alyssa DeHaven, Ayden Wondrock, and Elizabeth Hittell, all of Shawnee.

The Pattons have been members of the Blackburn Chapel Baptist Church of Bethel Acres for 43 years.

They are avid travelers. They have traveled extensively, both in the United States and abroad. They have been on all seven continents and have traveled to most parts of the world. They are now preparing to embark on an Asian cruise in celebration of their 60th anniversary.