John and Deborah (Bittner) Putnam will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29. The couple was married on that date in 1973 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Prairie du Chien.
John, who is from Oregon, Ill., and Deb, who is from Prairie du Chien, met while attending the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.
John and Deb have two children, Nathan (Kyle) Putnam, Fairfax, Va., and Elizabeth (David) Paulsen, Wauwatosa. They also have three grandchildren, Samuel, Henry and Jonah Paulsen.
The couple will be celebrating their anniversary with a gathering of family on Christmas.