Jim and Diane "Dee" (Lewis) West will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 8. The couple was married in 1967 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Akron.

The couple has three children: Jay and Shari West of Tallmadge; Douglas West of Bellbrook (near Dayton); and Jon and Bonnie West of West Chester (near Cincinnati); and six grandchildren.

Jim has been employed by Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in Stow as an associate broker/agent for 48 years. Dee is retired from First Congregational Church of Tallmadge/Treehouse Preschool.

The Wests plan to celebrate their golden anniversary with their children, spouses and grandchildren on a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean.

The couple plan to renew their vows.