Couple celebrates rare 65th wedding anniversary - KOTA Territory News

Couple celebrates rare 65th wedding anniversary


Young love didn't stop Doris and Jack Venekamp from making it work. Doris worked at an ice cream store as a teenager and Jack's job regularly brought him by.

"So every time he'd come to the store he'd come in, and he wanted an ice cream cone," says Doris. "Pretty soon he wanted me to go to the movies with him."

They took their vows in 1948, and 65 years later they can giggle about how they've made their relationship last.

"Hang in there. Just hang in there," she says.

"Yup, I do," says Jack.

"You do, no matter what."

"Yes, honey. Yes, dear."

"And that's the truth."

Only a small number of couples, some sources say about 1.2 percent, make it as far as the Venekamp couple has, and they're still very happily in love.

"Oh, we'd go out fishing, like go out in a boat," says Robin Sandor, Doris and Jack's youngest daughter. "And they'd sit there and sneak a kiss, or, you know, hold each other's hand quietly."

Like most marriages, not all 65 years were wedded bliss.

"Every day is a challenge," says Doris. "Every day, there's something that comes up. And it's not always bad, it's not always rough. There's lots of beautiful."

"I wish I'd had the strength they had," says their son, Michael Venekamp. "In that respect, you know. Sometimes people give up too easily."

But giving up wasn't an option for the Venekamps. And that's clear today as they celebrate with most of their five children,15 grand kids and 13 great grandchildren.






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