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June 30, 2013

The Sextons and the love they love

The couple became parents, grandparents and foster parents together

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“I’m pretty sure I excessed a lot of speed limits from Kokomo to Logansport,” Jerry said.

He arrived long after the rehearsal dinner was over, but the couple still got married the next day, on May 13, 1951, when Peggy was 19 and Jerry was 20. They officially became “The Lands” at the Church of Brethren and it was standing room only.

After they were wed, Jerry went for about another year of training in Oklahoma, then several months more in Alabama, before he was sent to the Korean War in November 1952. He did not get back until December 1953.

It was an adjustment for the couple who were not used to living under the same roof, as well as new family responsibilities.

“When you put people together who hadn’t been together you’re in a learning stage again,” Jerry said. “We’d fight like cats and dogs sometimes, but kissing and making up is more fun. I’ve always been a lover versus a fighter.”

“We’re still madly in love,” Peggy said.

The couple managed to work out issues by accepting the other person, and overlooking the small things.

“You learn that there are three sides to everything: yours, mine, and the truth,” Peggy said.

“There are two people,” Jerry said. “You’re both individuals. You’re never going to agree 100 percent. You have to be respectful and tolerant of the other person and it will work out. You’ll be better lovers and better friends.”

The Lands have had three kids and during the 62 years they’ve been married, they’ve gotten closer

“It does not seem like we have been married for as long as we have,” Peggy said. “It’s been a joyous ride and our love has deepened over the years.”

“There’s not a better person than she is,” Jerry said about Peggy.

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