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December 22, 2013

'I never lost my love'

Dick and Evelyn Fleming said their 72 years together have gone too fast.

After Evelyn Daily’s older sister turned down Richard “Dick” Fleming for a date to a Clay Township High School function, he decided he would just ask Evelyn, the younger sister, to go with him instead.

“It made me very happy,” Evelyn said. “I kinda liked him anyhow. He was a pure gentleman and is to this day.”

They’d both noticed each other in school before. Dick who was a junior, said Evelyn, a sophomore at the time, was a pretty good flirt. Even though she says she can’t remember flirting with him, she’s certain that she probably did. After all, Dick was Evelyn’s dream man.

“He had coal black wavy hair and was tall,” Evelyn said. “He was just everything you’d want in a man and he was nice.”

They have been together ever since they went out on that date in 1938, and they say that even if Evelyn’s sister agreed to the date with Dick, he and Evelyn still would’ve ended up together.

“She was a different type than he,” Evelyn said of her sister. “And he was my man.”

The couple went out together one night a week, usually on Sundays, during their high school years since that was the only time Dick could borrow his dad’s car. They’d go see movies or eat at Gerard Tenderloin in town.

“I was pretty happy,” Dick said. “We just got along real good. We could talk to each other. I thought she was pretty special.”

Dick knew in the beginning that he wanted to marry Evelyn. Over the course of their courtship, their feelings for one another grew.

“I’d never dated any other boys,” Evelyn said. “I just loved him.”

At a school dance, three years after the couple had started dating, Dick proposed to Evelyn. Evelyn said it wasn’t anything elaborate, but it was special. Of course, she said yes.

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