Russell and Charlene Ortiz of South Roxana, IL will celebrate their 50th anniversary on February 16, 2015.
Russell and the former Charlene Hencke were married on February 16, 1965 in Clayton, MO.
Russell is retired from the U.S. Army and Wood River Amoco in Wood River, IL.
Charlene worked various jobs through the years, but her favorite was providing childcare to her grandchildren. Russell and Charlene enjoy spending time with family and friends.
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They have four children: Louis (Stacy) Ortiz of East Alton, Michelle (Robert) Zarges of Brighton, Angelia (Brett) Fulgham of East Alton, and Christina Primavera of Cocoa Beach, FL. They have eight grandchildren: Kayleigh Paynic, Brooke and Kyle Gvillo, Jessica Parks, Jarrah Ortiz, Jacob Fulgham, Tori Fulgham and Logan Power.
They have 1 great-grandchild: Paisley Rae Gvillo.