Susie and Bob Balko of Billings celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends on a cruise in the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. They continued celebrating with family and friends at a gathering at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and dinner at Barclays II in Anaconda.
Susie Olson and Bob Balko were married Aug. 20, 1966, at St. Ann's Cathedral in Great Falls.
They lived in Great Falls, where she worked for the U.S. Forest Service and he worked for Nyquist Finance Co.
In 1973, they moved to Billings where he opened a Nyquist Finance office.
In 1977, he began working in the automobile industry. Retiring in 2008, he still wheels and deals at a used car lot.
She has worked at Residential Support Services for 37 years, showing no signs of retiring yet.
Their daughters and sons-in-law are Lori and Greg Russell, and Mindy and Mike Spencer, all of Billings.
They have four grandchildren.