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March 2, 2014

Through thick and thin

The Prices have been married for 59 years

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“They didn’t like us over there,” Carolyn said of the Germans. “They’d shout, ‘America, go home,’ and stare at you. We just ignored them.”

When Joe was gone for a while during the day, Carolyn would walk through stores downtown when she got bored. They traveled a lot together when they had the opportunities.

After a year and a half there, they took an eight-day journey on a ship back to the United States. Joe and Carolyn came to Kokomo in 1957 when he got a job at Chrysler. He retired from there in 1989, and Carolyn worked at Delco for more than 20 years.

Money was hard at first. After they paid their bills, they only had $5 left over from their paycheck.

“Looking back, you remember those things and sometimes you wonder how you got through it,” Joe said. “I think we do pretty well.”

They’ve raised two daughters and enjoy spending time with them and now their four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

They went back to where they were stationed in Germany 40 years later when their granddaughter was stationed there in the Air Force. They visited with their landlord from their small attic apartment, but the area had changed a lot.

Now that they’re older, the Prices say their relationship with each other is a lot closer, but they’ve seen their share of bumps in the road.

“It’s like going up and down a hill,” Carolyn said. “That’s just the way of life.”

They said that talking a lot has made their marriage a successful one. They sit down and talk about anything and everything.

“We don’t keep things to ourselves,” Carolyn said. “We’ve always been that way. If there’s something bothering one or the other, we bring it out. I feel better when we talk about the problem.”

Joe and Carolyn have been married for 59 years and agree that they’re thankful for their happiness and good health over all those years.

“You sit here and think, sixty years, man, I must be 80 years old,” Joe laughed. “You see people walking with walkers and here we are still going at it.”

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