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September 1, 2013

The love of a lifetime

The Coonrods celebrate 60 years of marriage

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They moved into an apartment in Kokomo, where they only lived for a year because it was so cold the water froze.

Joanna couldn’t stand living there anymore, so she took it upon herself to find a new place to call home.

One Saturday when Charles was visiting his buddies in Russiaville, Joanna asked her cousin to help her find a new place. They looked in the newspaper and found a little house for rent. They went out to see it, and Joanna decided on the spot to rent it.

“When he came home from Russiaville, I told him we were moving,” she said.

“What could I say,” Charles laughed. “I was surprised.”

They were both glad to be getting out of the apartment and into a better place.

“It was just a cute little dollhouse,” Joanna said. “It was small and cozy, and we were really happy there.”

There wasn’t much happiness to be had four days before their third wedding anniversary. That was the day Charles was drafted into the Army.

He went in the service for two years, where he spent the first year in basic and school, and the second year in Korea.

While he was training in Missouri, Joanna would go out and visit him for a few weekends, since Charles was unable to come back to Indiana.

“It was too far to come home,” Charles said. “I didn’t have a vehicle and I didn’t hitchhike. I could’ve, but I might not have made it back.”

It wasn’t easy for the couple who was used to seeing each other very regularly for the past three years.

“I was lost,” Joanna said. “Just lost. I was by myself and not used to living by myself.”

A lot of times she visited an aunt who lived in Tipton, which helped her a lot.

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