Their parents are Vern and Clarice Friesen of Henderson, Neb., and Steve and Nancy Tonkin of Lincoln. Grandparents of Ryan are Evelyn and the late Fred Claesson of Le Mars. The Claessons were long-time Akron residents until moving to Le Mars in 2003.
Katie is a 2005 graduate of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a degree in elementary education. She teaches sixth grade for Conestoga Public Schools.
Ryan is a 2005 graduate of Dana College with a degree in business administration. He is employed by State Farm Insurance as an auto claims representative.