Their children are Julia and Jerry Rich of Florence, Ky., Mark and Susy Kessenich of Maurice, Paul and Peggy Kessenich of Merrill, Jerry and Joan Kessenich of Le Mars and David and Colleen Kessenich of Denver, Colo. The couple has 17 grandchildren.
John Kessenich and Lois Walling were married Sept. 12, 1959, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Anthon.
The couple has farmed south of Le Mars for their entire marriage. Lois is a route driver for Le Mars Community Schools, and John is a semi-retired farmer.