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Lloyd and Iva Thiesen, of Fort Lupton, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center. Family and friends are invited and asked please to omit gifts.
Hosts of the event are their children: Paula Conley, of Arvada, Ron and Jeanette Thiesen and Mark and Ronda Thiesen, all of Fort Lupton.
Iva Jean Oldson and Lloyd Harold Thiesen were married Jan. 28, 1953, at the First United Methodist Church in Loveland.
The couple spent their first six months of marriage living in Philadelphia, Pa., while Mr. Thiesen’s ship was in dry dock. Mr. Thiesen was in the Navy for four years and was transferred from the USS Kula Gulf to the USS Tatawa.
Mrs. Thiesen returned to Loveland to live with her parents and to await the birth of their son, Ron, in February 1954. After leaving New York, Mr. Thiesen went on a world cruise. He visited several parts of the Mediterranean, through the Suez Canal and to Australia. His tour ended in San Francisco.
Their son was 6 months old when he came home. In 1964, Mr. Thiesen was discharged. There was no work available here, so they moved to Beatrice, Neb., where he started a masonry apprenticeship.
The couple’s daughter, Paula, was born in June 1955 in Fairbury, Neb. In 1956, the family moved to Colorado and then Fort Lupton in 1957.
Mr. Thiesen worked as a brick layer and in 1958,. he started a business with a partner, before working on his own. That same year on April 2, 1958, their son Mark was born in Greeley. Mr. Thiesen retired from Thiesen Masonry in 2003.
Mr. Thiesen has volunteered on the Fort Lupton Historical Fort, using his trade as a brick mason on the beautiful fireplaces. He currently volunteers at the Fort Lupton food bank, and has done so for the past five years. He plays pool every Thursday and Friday, and walks two miles almost every day.
Mrs. Thiesen has been active for 44 years in Eastern Star. She is active in the Silver Sneakers exercise class at the Rec Center, and is active in the United Methodist Women.
In retirement the Thiesens have traveled to Argentina, Germany, Australia, England, Alaska, Branson, Mo., and Arizona. The Thiesens have nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. They enjoy retirement and spending time with family.