The Milligans lived in their first house for eight years before building a house in Kokomo that they’ve lived in since 1956.
They learned a lot about each other once they were married and living together.
“He had a lot more temper than I thought he did,” Kitty said. “It’s the red head,” she laughed.
For example, once when the car wouldn’t start so he could go to work, he kicked at the car and threw mud on it.
He found a different way to get to work at Haynes Stellite, and later that day one of their neighbors got the car started. Kitty picked Gene up from work in the mud-splattered car.
“He said, ‘You didn’t wash it off,’ I said, ‘I didn’t put it on,’” Kitty said. “He came home and washed the car.”
The Milligans had to learn how to understand one another and how to handle arguments.
“I was the quiet type,” Gene said. “I wouldn’t talk or anything.”
“I’d just let it go,” Kitty said. “You have to learn there’s no use talking because he’s not going to listen to you. Might as well forget it.”
The Milligans were always able to resolve disagreements, and Gene doesn’t get upset at hardly anything anymore.
“We try not to get mad, that’s the main thing,” Kitty said. “Going to church and trusting the Lord has helped.”
They have been married for almost 65 years and have had two children.
Not too long ago, they would spend quality time together taking dance lessons at the Senior Center.
“We weren’t professionals or anything, but we had fun,” Kitty said.
The dancing came to an end in the early 2000s when Kitty got sick.
“It’s never a dull moment,” she said. “You think everything is going fine.”