Recently, a couple in America has shared the secret of a happy union after celebrating 86 years of marriage!
Ralph Kohler, 104 years and his bride, Dorothy Kohler, 103 celebrated their anniversary in September 16th this year. That is 86 years of marital bliss! Over that time, the couple’s love created a big, beautiful family that made up of three children, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Both got married back in 1935 in Tekamah, Nebraska. At that time, Ralph was just 18 years old, and Dorothy was 17 years old but they are a couple of young kids deeply in love!
At first, the two were actually denied a marriage license because the court official thought that they were not old enough to get married. But the pair just went somewhere else to tie the knot.
Dorothy and Ralph said that their key to a lifetime of happiness is “togetherness”. Although both enjoy different hobbies, they chose to learn about what the other one was interested in. That way they could participate in each of the hobbies together.
For example, Ralph enjoys clay target s.h.o.o.t.i.n.g, but Dorothy likes ballroom dancing. At the start of their marriage, the couple decided to involve themselves in both hobbies. This led to them becoming fierce competitors in each sport, and they have earned hundreds of awards in both dancing and t.r.a.p.s.h.o.o.t.i.n.g.
When Ralph shared about his life with Dorothy, he mentioned how little they argued. “A sharp word once in a while maybe, but it didn’t last,” he said.
This story is a beautiful testimony of a long-lasting and loving marriage. And after enjoying 86 years of marriage and being recognized as the longest-living married couple in the country, these two have quite a lot to celebrate!