Couple married 65 years die 11 hours apart - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

Couple married 65 years die 11 hours apart

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Relatives of an Ohio couple who died at a nursing home 11 hours apart on the same day say their love story's ending reflects their devotion over 65 years of marriage.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Harold and Ruth Knapke died in their shared room Aug. 11, days before their 66th anniversary.

Their daughters say they believe their father willed himself to stay with his wife despite failing health until they could take the next step in their journey together. He went first; she followed.

They had a joint funeral Mass, with granddaughters carrying Ruth's casket and grandsons carrying Harold's casket. The cemetery procession stopped at the farm house where the couple had raised six children. The current owners surprised the family by flying a flag at half-mast.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Baby giraffe born; it's a girl

    Baby giraffe born; it's a girl

    While the world waits for the birth of a much-anticipated giraffe baby in New York, a Louisiana giraffe quietly beat April to it.  The Global Wildlife Center welcomes Nala, the center's first reticulated giraffe baby of the year.  First-time mother Sara gave birth to Nala Sunday evening.    

    more>>

    While the world waits for the birth of a much-anticipated giraffe baby in New York, a Louisiana giraffe quietly beat April to it.  The Global Wildlife Center welcomes Nala, the center's first reticulated giraffe baby of the year.  First-time mother Sara gave birth to Nala Sunday evening.    

    more>>
  • Harahan man arrested for contractor fraud

    Harahan man arrested for contractor fraud

    Kenner Police arrest a Harahan man wanted for contractor fraud.  

    more>>

    Kenner Police arrest a Harahan man wanted for contractor fraud.  

    more>>
  • Tulane tames LSU, beats Tigers 7-6

    For one night at least, Tulane looked like the Tulane of 'last' year. Especially when it came to playing and beating nationally ranked LSU, which the Green Wave did for the third straight time last night. 

    more>>

    For one night at least, Tulane looked like the Tulane of 'last' year. Especially when it came to playing and beating nationally ranked LSU, which the Green Wave did for the third straight time last night. 

    more>>
Powered by Frankly