Childhood sweethearts married 81 years named nation's longest married couple

It was the Great Depression when they said 'I do' on a cold December day. Now, these childhood sweethearts have the title of America's longest married couple after being married for 81 years.

Dale and Alice Rockey's love story started more than eight decades ago in a small Nebraska town. Just six months after they met, while they were still teenagers, they tied the knot. It was December 29, 1933. 

How did they meet? Funny story.

"She was sitting on her front porch and I drove by and I said, 'Oh let's stop and talk' and so I did and we went for a ride," Dale explained.  And the rest, he says, is history. "I just can't believe that we have went this far."

Now both 99, Alice and Dale now live at the Good Samaritan Society in Olathe, Kansas, a skilled nursing facility. This past weekend, they were honored  and named the nation's longest married couple by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter. 

Tom Rockey, who nominated his mom and dad, says his parents have always set an amazing example.

"They're a beautiful couple, You don't see them together without holding hands. Very proud, just yeah, it's hard to describe, the pride that all of us feel," said Tom. 

The Rockey's have 5 sons, 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

After all this time, do they still love each other?

"You're damn right."

Thanks to FOX 2 affiliate WTXF for details on this story.

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