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February 2, 2014

Two become one

Bourffs have been married 57 years, but it wasn't love at first sight

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Dan agreed. He realized just how nice Barbara was and how pleasant she was to be around.

"Time grows well on people," Dan said. "Either for you or against you. It grew for us."

During halftime at an IU basketball game, after they got back together for the final time, Dan leaned over to Barbara and said they needed to talk. They went for a walk and ended up at the Well House, right in the middle of campus. Dan went on about how long they'd been together, then Barbara felt him slip a ring on her finger as he asked her to marry him.

"I of course said yes," Barbara said. "We hugged and we kissed and we laughed and we cried."

They were married at Grace United Methodist Church in Kokomo on July 1, 1956, when Barbara was 23 and Dan was 22.

"How we ended up falling in love and getting married is not something I would've thought of as a kid," Barbara laughed. "Not little Danny Bourff."

Dan was in basic training at the time, so he was only home for two weeks to get married. The next month he was sent to Germany, and Barbara flew out to join him soon afterwards. They lived in Ulm, Germany for a little over a year before coming back to Kokomo.

They bought their first house together on Walnut Street, in between the two houses they grew up in. Dan and Barbara raised their two children there together and agree that they've had a good marriage because they've honored the commitments they made with each other.

"We grew up in an era when divorce was very rare," Barbara said. "You got good times, you got bad times. You may not always like what they do, but you love them."

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