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Dwight and Wilma Egle maintain contentment after 75 years of marriage. The family picture shown behind them helps make their new residence at Imperial Parkview-Heights feel like home.
Dwight and Wilma Egle celebrate 75th wedding anniversary
“It’s a long time to live with one person,” said Wilma Egle regarding her husband of 75 years.
Dwight Egle then grinned with a twinkle in his eye and said, “She was a good woman. And she still is.”
The Stratton High School sweethearts from the class of 1942 were married Nov. 8, 1942 after their June high school graduation. The groom’s brother and bride’s sister joined them at a parsonage in McCook where the pastor pronounced them man and wife.
Dwight turned 18 years old just 13 days prior with his bride reaching the same age four days after the wedding.
A month after saying their vows, they received a letter that they weren’t legally married since they bought their license in Hitchcock County and were married in Red Willow County. Dwight said they didn’t even know they were living in sin but took care of that by going to Culbertson to make it official.
Neither recollected their first date and a honeymoon definitely wasn’t something they could afford. They’ve counted on simple contentment for 75 years.
Although a honeymoon wasn’t in the budget, they have since enjoyed numerous trips to Branson, Mo., and splurged with a trip to Hawaii for their 70th anniversary five years ago.
They vividly recall the beauty they witnessed on a helicopter ride. Being reluctant to ever board a helicopter again after a previous bad experience, they were glad they did. “We had an excellent pilot,” Dwight shared.
Today they don’t have to say much to be content as they sit in their rockers at Imperial Parkview-Heights where they moved from Wauneta two months ago. They enjoy a front-side view from their apartment where they watch folks come and go.