INDEPENDENCE — Robert and Joan Melka Hocken are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the VFW at 128 Third Ave. NE, Independence.

They were married Dec. 30, 1967, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence.

Robert is a school bus driver, and Joan works in sales.

Their children are Kelley and Donald Doyle of Independence and Rob Hocken of Cedar Rapids. They also have five grandchildren, James (Candy), Jonathan, Jocelyn, Jadyn and Hyatt.

No invitations are being sent, and no gifts are requested.