Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Winkelman
Lloyd and Dorothy were married May 19, 1946
A Short Story of 4 Plus 60 Years
Once upon a time in the summer of ’42, there was a man, 19, who met a young woman, 16. Soon after, the man decided to pay the woman a surprise visit. He found the dairy maid in the barn milking cows, and certainly not looking her best for a beau to come courting. He wanted to take her skating… She said, “Absolutely not! Please, go home!” (After all, if he hadn’t the decency to call first, then she would not grace him with her presence!). But he wouldn’t leave! She finally had to get ‘snotty’ with him… and off he went.
The next time ~ he called, she went, and they had a good time with their chaperones, Betty (her sister), and Lucille (his sister). This was the way it was until one year later when George and Bill came along to take the sisters “off our hands…” “We could finally be alone!”
“We were so glad to be rid of them,” the once younger woman recently reminisced, “we had so much more fun without them in the car with us!”
As time went on, the young woman seriously considered finding a new beau ~ one who didn’t wear the same shirts all the time. Her brother Don, however, reminded her that she would have to ‘look a long way’ before she would find someone like ‘Short’ again. So the young man bought some new shirts and the young woman felt like ‘she could keep going.’ Plus, it didn’t hurt that he always brought candy (even though Dale and Char ate most of it) and took her skating.
“He took a long time to get serious,” she remembered. Then he finally asked her dad, Grover, for her hand. Her step-mother, Bessie, merely stated, “Well, that’s another one out of our way.”
When asking the man after 60 years of marriage, “What did you see in the young woman?” He simply replied, “She was a nice girl.” At that remark, the once young woman looked quickly at her husband and asked, “Is that the best you can do?” No comment from the once young man. Just a smile. (Or was that a smirk?) Then he finally admitted that she was the only one he ever dated more than once.
On May 19, 1946, the man married the young woman. The ceremony took place at her home with Floyd Mitten officiating. Her father gave her away to the young man after she walked down the open staircase. Floyd’s wife, Anna, sang I Love You Truly as they pledged their love to each other, trusting in God’s Word and wisdom as they began their life together.
The young man drove the new bride in his ’35 Ford to Ames for their wedding night and spent the rest of their honeymoon at the Indy 500. They left with $55 and returned with $5 one week later.
The young couple farmed one year 3 miles south of Rippey, 8 years in Peyton, back to Rippey for 5, and 40 years south of Perry. In 2000, they built a new home back in their familiar and much-loved woods.
Their first daughter, Marilyn, was born in ’47, then Merle in ’48, Ken in ’50, John in ’52, Marcia in ’57 and Brian in ’66. The family has grown to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When contemplating the future, the once young woman, now married to the man for 60 years, stated, “We take life day by day. We are enjoying retirement, and doing what we want to do.” The man just nodded and smiled.
Written by Judy Winkelman, as told by Dorothy with the once young man listening in ~ nodding often, saying little.