Sheldons still in love after 73 yearsPublished 10:52am Thursday, June 13, 2013
While Perrie Sheldon was airborne across Europe during World War II, he kept in close contact with his wife, Lucille, through letters. Their separation was not easy, but their bond grew especially strong through the lines they wrote to one another.
The couple celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary with a group of friends at Pioneer Pointe on Wednesday. As their neighbors congratulated them on their time together, the Sheldons reflected on what’s kept them together so long.
“We love each other a little bit,” Perrie said with a grin.
“You just have to be honest and willing to work together I guess,” Lucille said.
That effort together started while Perry was abroad. They kept in touch, even through what the military blocked out in their letters. Lucille certainly had plenty to write about, as Perry had received his notice of service the day their second child was born. He was gone for one year and six months.
When he finished his service, Perry worked as a sales and service representative for Ecolab. The return home was an adjustment, but family life with Lucille made it easier.
“It was unbelievable,” Perry said. “When you’re gone for that long and you come back, everything is different.”
The two moved to Fergus Falls in 1953. They raised a family of five children and enjoyed their time as active members of the community. Now in their 90s, they have nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
“We were looking one day, and figured everything, food, clothes, entertainment, we could not find one thing that hadn’t changed over our lives,” Lucille said.
But after thinking it over, they realized that one thing hasn’t changed: Their love.