Thursday, July 27th

Russell and Charleen Thill were having a good time at their 40th anniversary party when the couple decided to get up and sing a karaoke song, but once they were done, their daughter had one last surprise for them.

She got on stage and announced that her parents would be the Citizens of the Year for North Bend Days.

“I couldn’t really talk very well, I was like, ‘Wow!’ We had several surprises in that day previous to the anniversary party, let alone her announcing that in front of friends and relatives. It is an honor, it really is,” Charleen said.

Earlier on in the day, they were surprised several times with the outpouring of love from the community and a special cake that was the perfect replica of their wedding cake, complete with the wedding topper from their original cake that Charleen had saved for 40 years.