Unfortunately for Henry, the choir director wasn’t his only competition. One of Henry’s teammates, a backup quarterback, liked June, too.
“He had a sickening line that he liked nurses,” Henry said. “His mom was a nurse. That was his connection to June on that date.”
As for June, she always liked Henry the best. He was down to earth, and they enjoyed the same things.
“I liked him better,” June said. “He was more compatible. He was more my type and I just preferred him.”
Henry and June dated for a year and a half and went to movies, watched the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and acted in plays together.
During a trip to June’s home in Ontario during the fall of 1952, Henry got permission from June’s father to marry her as the two guys washed dishes together.
“I liked her,” Henry said. “I liked everything about her and I had evidently won her over at least two other guys.”
When the couple left to go back to Huntington, they were so excited to tell everyone in Indiana that they were engaged.
Unfortunately, the celebratory news had to be postponed for a little bit since the couple got sick on the drive back.
A valve on Henry’s 1940 Chevrolet came off and hit a piston causing fumes to get in the car. Both June and Henry became ill.
“He was driving with his head out the window so he could get air and not get sick in the car,” June said.
The couple made it through the ordeal and on June 24, 1953, they were married in Kitchener, Ontario when they were both 24.
“I just felt it was right,” June said. “I felt like he was the one I wanted. I loved him.”
Right after they were married, Henry, who was completing officer training for the U.S. Navy, got orders to go to California. The couple drove across the country on Route 66 during the hot summer with no air conditioning. They used a dish pan of ice that was kept near June’s feet in the car as a way to cool down.