Marriage never crossed Robert “Bob” Parr’s mind until he met Carolyn Feightner.
It was the summer of 1948, and Bob was in Monticello with his friend after stopping there during a short road trip. His friend had gone into the tavern for a drink while Bob stayed behind in the car. When he looked around, he spotted four girls sitting inside a car across the street.
“I kinda had an eye on that one right away,” Bob said of Carolyn.
He walked over and talked to them until his friend came out of the tavern. Before he left, the girls asked for his address so they could send him letters.
“I got four letters from all four girls, but I only answered one,” he said.
It was Carolyn’s letter. He was attracted to her because of her natural beauty.
“I never liked people who were painted up,” he said. “She just struck me. It just hit me right in the heart.”
Bob, who lived in Lafayette, and Carolyn, who lived in Kokomo, started writing back and forth and talking on the phone once a week.
“We couldn’t get enough of one another,” Carolyn said.
They were attracted to each other immediately and knew they were meant for each other.
“He’s tall and handsome and you could tell he was very kind,” Carolyn said. “You could just read his character.”
They communicated with letters and calls for seven months until March of the following year when Bob came up to Kokomo on a Sunday to go to church with Carolyn. From then on, he visited every weekend and even sometimes during the week. Carolyn was still in high school and worked at Schwengers Bakery after classes, so while she was at work, Bob would sit and wait at Foster Park until it was time to take her home.