Gert and Dick were married in March of 1954 at the First Presbyterian Church in Delhi, Gert said, where they are still members. After their first child, Gordon, was born, Dick joined the Air Force and the family relocated to California. There, Gert said, they made many friends and had their second son, Terry.
In 1958, the couple moved back to Delhi and into the house where they still live, Gert recalled. Dick began work as the superintendent of buildings and grounds at Delaware Academy, a position he held for 33 years, and Gert worked as a secretary at O’Connor Hospital for 25 years, she said. Soon, Gert gave birth to their daughter, Cindy, and the rest, she said, is history.
“We wanted to have a family, and we were very fortunate to get good jobs,” Gert said, “so everything turned out like we had hoped.”
Over the years, Gert said, the couple frequently traveled and enjoyed visiting the many friends they made while in California, who were then spread across the country. Because of her multiple sclerosis, Gert said, the couple can no longer travel, even to their Delhi church, where they attended services for years.
According to Dick, the couple’s compatibility and flexibility have helped their marriage continue to be successful after all this time. The simple things sometimes matter most, he said.
“She cooks my meals and takes good care of me,” Dick said.
“We care deeply for each other and for our family, and just never cared to have it any other way,” Gert said. “It seems like couples aren’t like that anymore.”
For past Valentine’s Days, Dick and Gert often gave each other presents and cards, Gert said, and also gave gifts to their children.
“We would put their gifts on their chairs at the dinner table and they would peek and peek,” Gert said, “trying to see what they were.”