Couple married 81 years wins 2015 national title for Longest Married Couple Project

Credit:  Manuel Orero Galan

Credit: Manuel Orero Galan

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — An Olathe, Kansas couple earned this year’s national winning title for the annual Longest Married Couple Project, sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) , the original faith based marriage enrichment program in this country.

Dale and Alice Rockey of Olathe, Kan., have been married 81 years. There wedding took place December 29, 1933.

2014’s National winners were Harold & Edna Owings of Burbank, Calif., who made their marriage vows on Nov. 24, 1931.

The state winners for 2015 will be announced next Monday.

Below is the list of the 2014 state winners and their hometowns and wedding dates are as follows:

  • Alabama- Aubrey & Delora Stewart- 80 years
  • Alaska- David & Aleen Fison- 70 years
  • Arizona- Nicholas & Doris Johns- 75 years
  • Arkansas-Sam & Katherine Ross- 70 years
  • California- James & Rejane Mason- 70 years
  • Colorado- Jesse & Muriel Wright- 73 years
  • Connecticut- Gottfreid & Lucille Weingart- 76 years
  • Delaware- Horace, Jr. & Mary Lou Sherrill- 69 years
  • Florida- Juan & Dulce Rondon- 67 years
  • Georgia- Howard & Irma Nichols- 68 years
  • Hawaii- Angelino & Eva Ronquilio- 78 years
  • Illinois- Sol & Frances Deutch- 74 years
  • Indiana- Edwin & Dorothy Boknecht-65 years
  • Iowa- Alvin & Eula Blankenship- 78 years
  • Kansas- Dale & Alice Rockey- 80 years
  • Louisiana- Raphael & Nora Guidry- 70 years
  • Maine- Maynard & Phyllis McIntyre- 68 years
  • Maryland- Sadanala & Lily John- 75 years
  • Massachusetts- Adrian & Lorraine LaPointe- 69 years
  • Michigan- Clarence & Lavern Shumaker- 70 years
  • Minnesota- Ervin & Verna Kaduce – 75 years
  • Mississippi- Ted and Markie Perkins- 70 years
  • Missouri – Ed & Ila Tenny- 73 years
  • Montana- Clifford & Bessie Johnson- 71 years
  • Nebraska- Paul & Dorothy Naprstek- 75 years
  • Nevada- Lynn & Evelyn Lillie- 75 years
  • New Hampshire-  Eugene & Doris Cook – 71 years
  • New Jersey- Harvey & Dot Rimbach- 72 years
  • New Mexico- Arturo & Estella Estrada- 71 years
  • New York- Ernest & Helene Cochrane – 80 years
  • North Carolina-  Robert & Adele Blank- 70 years
  • North Dakota- Kasper & Josephine Heidt- 70 years
  • Ohio- Don & Alice Hughes- 74 years
  • Oklahoma- Eual & Rose McCrite- 70 years
  • Oregon- Erling & Helen Haraldsen- 70 years
  • Pennsylvania- Alton & Elsie Lehman- 76 years
  • Rhode Island- Harold & Alice St. John, Jr.- 59 years
  • South Carolina- John & Anita Folsom- 73 years
  • South Dakota- Otto & Anna Mueller- 78 years
  • Tennessee- Edgar & Elsie Alley- 72 years
  • Texas- Ralph & Mary Lou Riggs- 80 years
  • Utah- Howard & Eileen Gemperline- 60 years
  • Vermont- Lawrence & Beatrice Gerlack- 68 years
  • Virginia- Arthur and Lillian Bickmeyer- 59 years
  • Washington- Archie & Sylvia Bowman  – 62 years
  • Wisconsin- Ted & Alice Rortvedt- 81 years
  • Wyoming- Ed & Jeri NeVille- 80 years

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