Williams, White celebrate 40 years of love

Jan Williams and Wayne White, of rural Scranton, Kan., celebrated the 40th anniversary of sharing their lives together on Sept. 25, 2018.

They were high school sweethearts, having grown up in McPherson, Kan., graduating one year apart at McPherson High School. They began their life together in Hutchinson, Kan, where they both had found employment.

Through the years, they resided in a variety of locations in Kansas, before Wayne’s employment as a newspaper editor took them Oklahoma, then eventually to Osage County, Kan. Since shortly after moving back to Kansas in 2007, Jan has served in a variety of responsibilities at the Kansas State Department of Education, in Topeka. Five years ago, Wayne established the news site Osage County News, www.osagecountyonline.com, after having worked as managing editor of a weekly newspaper in Osage City.

The couple enjoys their life in rural Osage County with their dog boy, Zeke, old cat, Dink, and several chickens. Their longtime hobby is caving, which has led them to many unique and spectacular places in Kansas and elsewhere. In 2016, Jan was named a fellow of the National Speleological Society in recognition of her dedication to Kansas caves and caving. They also enjoy canoeing and camping and other outdoor activities.

To celebrate their anniversary, the two went to three shows of their favorite rock artist, Todd Rundgren, during his current tour, visiting Kansas City, Mo., Omaha, Neb., and Wichita, Kan. They plan to celebrate their milestone with family and friends at a later date.


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