William R. Hite of Terre Haute recently celebrated his 98th birthday with family and friends.
He was born Aug. 9, 1915, in Terre Haute, to L.D. and Otilla Hite and graduated from Gerstmeyer High School.
He married Marguerite Forbes on Jan. 16, 1938, and they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in January 2013. He was a Seabee in the Navy Construction Battalion during World War II and later retired from Rayne Corp. in Santa Barbara, Calif.