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Love Never Grows Old For a Millersburg Couple

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From the minute you meet George and Jo Wilt, you know humor is a key ingredient to their life-long union. On Tuesday, November 5, they will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. When ask if she has any advice for any other couple who might want to reach their 75th anniversary, she replied with a hardy laugh, while sitting in George's lap: "Nobody wants to!"

They were high school sweethearts who never grew out of it.

"When I saw him, or after I was around him a little, he was it," said Jo, talking about when she first met George. "That was it as far as I was concerned."

"She was a pretty girl and very friendly," was George's reason for falling for Jo.

And the 95-year-olds still feel that way, in spite of some oft-told wise cracks.

"She was two years back of me in school, but she was the same age," said George. Then, following a well-timed pause added, with a laugh and twinkle in his eye: " She was dumber than I was."

After tying the knot in 1938, George and Jo remained in Millersburg, raising three children, followed by a zip-code full of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his working years, George, his dad and brothers built highways and homes, a car dealership, a golf course and a reamer and tool company which George went on to manage for nearly 40 years. Jo, when not tending to the kids and housework, was well known for her sewing and crafts.

"I made flower arrangements for people sometimes and I did a lot of flower arrangements in the church," said Jo.

Both remain involved in the Grace United Methodist Church in Millersburg. and without hesitation cite faith as their strongest bond.

"That's number one in a marriage I think," said George. "That's why we're married 75 years."

Looking back over their milestone marriage, George and Jo say they count their blessings.

"We've had a good life and we're thankful that we lived this long," George concluded.

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