NEW CASTLE —
ROAD & ROMANCE
From that point on, motor vehicles continued to play a role in their lives. While Paul was overseas, Shirley was employed in the parts department of the local Ford dealership before moving on to an insurance agency and later, an attorney’s office.
Meanwhile, Paul drew the assignment of driving around “one of the big guns” while in Korea. The appeal of operating such big rigs came home with him, and he eagerly accepted an invitation by his brother-in-law — a truck driver — to go along with him.
In 1957, Paul bought his own truck, and although he and Shirley struggled financially during the two years it took to pay it off, the job ultimately supported them and their three daughters for a lifetime.
Depending on who you ask, it might also be part of the secret behind their 60-year marriage.
“I’ve often thought of that when I’ve seen it in the paper — what is our secret,” Shirley said. “A lot of people tell us, ‘well, he drove truck for 50 years.’ ”
Paul credits the couple’s faith.
“I tell everybody that the family that prays together, stays together,” he said. “With me being gone so much, she raised the three girls.”
Shirley’s not complaining.
“I’m not a person who likes to go,” she said, “so I was very content to be home. But to answer the question — what’s our secret — I can’t really give you a good answer.
“I just figure it’s love and our faith and sitting and waiting for him to come home.”
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