By Maria Immaculate Owechi
Ralph Kohler, 102 and Dorothy Kohler, 100 were just teenagers when they fell in love and got married on September 17, 1935 at the Burt County Courthouse in Tekamah, Nebraska.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, when Ralph learned that Dorothy’s family had plans to move to Colorado, without hesitation he asked her to marry him.
By that time, Ralph was just 17 while his wife was 16 and because of their ages, the first judge they found refused to marry them even though Dorothy’s mother was in support of the pair.
“You are just too young,” he told them, according to The View.
However, the next day, they found another judge who married them with both their mothers present.
Ralph further revealed that many people told them that they will never last because they married young but they have proved them wrong.
“Everybody said it would never last,” Ralph revealed. “You don’t ever think you would make it. We did. That’s the main thing.”
He credits longevity in life and marriage to healthy habits such as, neither of them has ever drunk alcohol or smoked. The couple further said that they also grew to enjoy their spouse’s passions. Ralph took up ballroom dancing while Dorothy took up shooting clay targets.
As a result of the unconditional support they gave each other, Dorothy became a trap shooting national champion in 1952. As for ballroom dancing, the couple has won more than 300 awards, even being crowned champions of the Las Vegas Gold Bar Competition, The View shared.
Ralph further explained that as they enjoyed each other’s passions, if they didn’t like something, they let it be.
“Love for one thing, and we enjoy the same things. If we didn’t, we accepted it,” Ralph revealed.
Ralph advises couples that one of the keys to a long-lasting marriage is to resolve conflict quickly.
“If we ever had a problem, I agreed to it. That’s the best way to get out of them,” he told The View.
For their sixtieth anniversary, the couple renewed their vows in front of family and friends.
The couple has seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.