Dale and Alice Rockey (center, front) recently celebrated their 81st anniversary with family.
(Olathe, Kansas) – It was Dec. 29, 1933.
|Alice and Dale Rockey in the early 1930s.|
|Photos of the Rockeys throughout the years.|
FM radio receives a patent.
Prohibition is repealed.
And Dale and Alice Rockey married.
The Olathe couple now owns the distinction as national winners of a project that identifies the longest married couple.
The Rockeys celebrated 81 years together Dec. 29, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society – Olathe.
Their story will be featured Feb. 15 on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a faith-based American marriage enrichment program, created the recognition five years ago to highlight strong American marriages and show young couples that marriage can last a lifetime.
"It is truly a privilege and honor to recognize Dale and Alice for their commitment to marriage," says Ron Pekny, a Worldwide Marriage Encounter spokesman. "We are looking forward to personally recognizing them at the beginning of Valentine's week in their hometown of Olathe.”
The Rockeys, both now 99 years old, met as teens in a small Nebraska town.
Dale says one Sunday he spotted Alice walking on the street. He decided to ask her if she would like to go for a ride.
That’s all it took.
The Rockeys now have five sons along with grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.
The Rockeys were among 375 couples nominated between Oct. 10, 2014, and Jan. 10 as potentially claiming the longest marriages.
The couple were nominated by their son, Tom.
“You never see them together without holding hands,” he says.
Pekny adds that Dale and Alice are a shining example of commitment and love.
“Mr. and Mrs. Rockey made a commitment to each other 81 years ago, and they have kept that commitment,” Ron Pekny says. “They truly are an inspiration and sign of hope to all of us."
By Todd Norden
Good Samaritan Society