Sam and Anita Drinnin 60th wedding anniversary

Sam and Anita Drinnin were married on Nov. 12, 1955, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus. They will be celebrating with a family dinner hosted by their three children, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

In honor of their 60th wedding anniversary, their children Judy (Rick) Rickert, Diane (Trent) Wurdeman and Mike (Beth) Drinnin are requesting a card shower. Cards of celebration may be sent to:

Sam and Anita Drinnin

571 E. 53rd St.

Columbus, NE 68601


Richard T. and Genevieve Lackaff Jointly Celebrate 90th Birthdays Open House in Bassett Saturday, May 30.

Third-generation Sandhills ranchers Richard T. Lackaff and his wife, Genevieve (Dillon) Lackaff, are both turning ninety this spring.

Friends and colleagues are invited to celebrate with them at an open house Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Rock County Long-Term Care Center in Bassett, Nebraska. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 401, Bassett, NE 68714.

Richard and Genny each come from pioneering Sandhills families that helped establish the beef industry in Nebraska before 1900. Born June 21, 1925, to Floyd and Mildred Lackaff, Richard grew up on the family ranch in Rock County. Genevieve was born to J. Hall and Florence Dillon in Brown County on May 24, 1925.

Richard enrolled in the College of Agriculture at the University of Nebraska for a year before serving with the U.S. Army in the Philippines during World War II. Returning to the Sandhills to ranch, he also took on many organizational roles. He was appointed to two terms on the Nebraska Brand Committee. He served as president of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association, the Sandhills Cattle Association, the North Central Nebraska Hereford Association, and the KBR Calf Show Association. He served on the board of directors of the American National Cattlemen’s Association and was active in both the Nebraska and American Hereford Associations.

After graduating from Long Pine High School, Genevieve taught at Paramount School—the country school that she and both of her parents had attended—before going on to receive her associate’s degree in education at the University of Nebraska.

Richard and Genevieve were married in Long Pine, Nebraska, on November 22, 1947. They reared their children, Deänna and Richard H., on the family ranch in Rock County. Richard H., a veterinarian, is now managing the Lackaff ranch and cattle business.

After getting her children off to college, Genevieve served as president of the Nebraska CowBelles (later the Nebraska Cattle Women) and became a member of the executive committee of the American National CowBelles. She chaired the 1979 National Beef Cook-Off in Omaha which was judged by Julia Child and meat-cutting author Merle Ellis. In the 1990s, Genny traveled to Europe with the People to People program as an agricultural citizen ambassador.

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