Glenn reacts to the story of a couple married 70 years dying 15 hours apart

On radio this morning, Glenn shared a heartwarming story that made its way around the internet over the weekend. Earlier this month, Ohio couple Helen and Kenneth Felumlee died just 15 hours apart after having been “inseparable” through 70 years of marriage.

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“This is a story from The Blaze this weekend, I had to share it. I read this out loud to my wife yesterday morning,” Glenn said. “I had a hard time finishing it. It was one of the most beautiful stories I ever heard.”

In the aftermath of their parents’ passing, the couple’s eight children explained they knew “when one went, the other was going to go.” As the Zanesville Times reported, even after 7 decades of marriage, Helen and Kenneth still held hands at breakfast every morning and once shared the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart.

According to the couple’s daughter Linda Cody, about 12 hours after her mom passed away at the age of 92 on April 12, her father, 91, looked at his children and said, “Mom’s dead.”

“He was ready,” Cody said. “He just didn’t want to leave her here by herself.”

In an email to the Associated Press, son Dick Felumlee said the family spent their final moments with their dad “singing his favorite hymns, reading scriptures, and praying with him.” “It was a going away party,” Felumlee said, “and we know he loved it.”

“I think that is one of the nicest, most remarkable stories I have heard,” Glenn concluded. “When I read the part about how they held hands at breakfast every day – how needed is that in our society? How needed is that for an example of husband and wife. Could I just ask you a favor for your children? Be an example for your kids. Hold hands at dinner… Talk to your wife or your husband tonight. Remember the things that you fell in love with.”

Read the entire story via TheBlaze HERE.

  • Art Pinney

    This story was amazing. True love is a gift. We live in a culture when things get tough, people quit. My wife and I believe that marriage is not 50-50 but 100-100.

    I’m blessed to be married to my best friend. I was 21 when we married, she was 19. Both of us were serving in the Air Force at the time. Within months from meeting, we married. That was almost 22 years ago. As each day passes my love for grows. We have been together everyday except for nine days during the past 22 years.

    I told my wife after I read the article on Sunday that this will be us if we reach 90. I look forward to each day with her as my wife and best friend. She is truly a gift from God.

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  • Deckard426

    Today, people are married for 15 hours, and die 70 years apart.

  • Jon Flattum

    family just had the same experience. Last Sunday, April 13 after 63 years of
    marriage my parents, Stan and Betty
    Flattum died exactly four hours to the minute apart. My dad
    had Dementia and my mom cared for him until it became too difficult for her and
    he entered the VA home in Minneapolis on October 17, 2013. My mom never had a driver’s license, and little money and it was difficult for her to get there, unless one
    of us kids had a day off or went on the weekend. My mom was never the same
    and was diagnosed with Cancer on December 20, 2013. Then she broke her hip
    in early March. She was in transitional care in Chapel View Nursing Home in
    Hopkins. The health of both of them declined the week prior to their passing.
    Then on April 13 I got the call at 6:30 am that my mom passed at 6:20 am. While
    we were sitting with my mom in the nursing home waiting for the funeral home to
    pick her up I get a call from the VA on my cell at 10:30 am that my dad passed
    at at 10:20. It was disbelief and heart warming at the same time

    • ISawTheLight

      Blessed are those who wait !
      God bless you . : ( But then remember : )

  • ISawTheLight

    Great story they get to go home together , 70 yrs to eternity that is the way it should be kids.
    Best wishes and God be with the family.

  • Liz

    I could’t agree with you more, Glenn. Our spouses must come first before our children. Thank you for sharing this story and your heart.

  • jalina susan stutte

    I know many senior citizens that show each other affection and have been married longer than my 60 years, it has set a good example not for just their families, but for my daughter as well. She went on to marry a wonderful man and both will carry on the examples they have seen.

  • Connor Davenport

    Cannot wait for the day when I find love like that.

  • Rob Erta

    While civilization’s progress depends on liberty, its decline accelerates under the leaden threads of centralized restrictions and control.

  • landofaahs

    When I grew up in a small town, a local couple were both in their upper 90’s and died a month and a half apart. They were married over 75 years. I think it was 77 but I’m not sure. They were both active and lived in their own home. It don’t get much better on terra firma than that.

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