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October 6, 2013

Love & the family farm

Don and Judy Winger built both through 67 years

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“By him renting this farm, we decided why wait?” Judy said. “We have a home. We have a place to live.”

Don and Judy were married Dec. 1, 1945 at Kokomo Zion United Methodist Church when they were both 19.

“Everybody got married younger back then,” Judy said. “It wasn’t pushed as much then to go to college. Back then, our lives were much more sheltered than young kids are today. We weren’t exposed to all the stuff [young kids are] exposed to today.”

According to Judy, they had a fair-size wedding for that time, and the place was decorated with flowers from her employer, Knipes Florist.

“Our reception wasn’t like receptions now,” Judy said. “We had cake and punch and nuts and mints.”

The newlywed couple lived with Judy’s parents for three months until they were able to move into a new house three miles down the road.

“We were happily married,” Judy said.

“And most the time since then,” Don joked.

“All the time since then,” Judy laughed.

The Wingers would work together all the time on the farm, and they said they had a lot of fun doing that. They particularly enjoyed picnics together at lunchtime out in the field or under a tree.

“To start out, money wasn’t an issue. We didn’t have any,” Don laughed.

“We worked hard and did well,” Judy said.

They lived at their first house for four years until they found a new farm to rent. After moving several more times, the Wingers moved to a farm and house they’ve been living in since 1977. Even though they moved multiple times, it was never very far.

“We’ve always lived on 400 or off of 400 all these years,” Judy said. “So 400 is our road.”

Their three children and most of their grandchildren, and great grandchildren live within several miles of them too.

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