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August 23, 2013

Always worth it

The Metcalfs talk marriage, forgiveness and bliss

The first and only blind date John Metcalf and Phyllis Sisson ever had was with each other, and they spent it playing miniature golf in Kokomo.

They were set up by Phyllis’ cousin when Phyllis was 17 and John was 19.

“I thought he was nice looking,” Phyllis said. “He had hair then too,” she laughed.

They were both nervous about the date, but by the end of the night they made arrangements to see each other again.

“Things were different back then,” Phyllis said. “There weren’t as many people. You were more trusting of people then than you are nowadays.”

John and Phyllis continued to go on dates to drive-in movies, and sometimes their dates consisted of cruising around Kokomo before going back home.

Not long after they started dating, John was drafted into the Army and was gone for two years.

While John was gone, he started thinking it was time to propose to Phyllis, since they knew he wouldn’t be home for a while or very often

“I just liked everything about her,” he said. “I didn’t want anyone else to go with her.”

They wrote a lot of letters back and forth, and within the letters, they decided to get married the next time he was home on furlough.

They didn’t have to wait too long.

John was back for a short visit in December after he’d been gone for four months out of his two-year Army commitment.

Within 15 days, John and Phyllis were officially engaged and then married.

They tied the knot at Phyllis parents’ home between Young America and Galveston Dec. 19, 1951 when Phyllis was 18 and John was 20.

“A lot of the service guys were going overseas at that time,” Phyllis said. “We didn’t know if he had to go overseas.”

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