Xaver and Nancy Wuerfmannsdobler will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 18, 2016.
They were married Aug. 18, 1966, at Calvary Temple Church in Denver.
They met in Salida in 1966, the year when Mr. Wuerfmannsdobler was the FIBArk commodore.
They have lived in Salida since then.
Mr. Wuerfmannsdobler was born in Munich, Germany, and immigrated permanently to the U.S. after first coming to participate in the FIBArk kayaking competition in the 1950s.
He has worked at The Mountain Mail, Climax Mine in Leadville and Salida School District R-32-J.
Mrs. Wuerfmannsdobler was born and grew up in the Denver area.
She moved to Salida and became an elementary teacher at Longfellow Elementary School and a home day care provider for a number of years.
She enjoys crafts and handwork including cross-stitch, making candy, jam and jelly, canning and researching family genealogy and has been active with Daughters of the American Revolution and a volunteer leader with Boy Scouts of America
Mr. Wuerfmannsdobler trained as a cabinet maker in Germany.
He enjoys spoiling the family dogs, the mountains around Salida and has been a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts.
The couple has two sons, Franz Wuerfmannsdobler (Lisa Mao) of Washington, D.C., and Hans Wuerfmannsdobler (Teresa Mora) of Oakland, Calif.