Billie and Gene Trageser say the story of how they met is a simple one that still brings a smile to their face 70 years later.
The couple's 10 children say the two refuse to do anything without each other, a bond that outlasted the parting words of their priest who married them on Jan. 28, 1943, at St. Thomas Church in Kansas City.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
WEA, KS (KCTV) -
It is a marriage that stands the test of time, never wrinkled with age.
Billie and Gene Trageser say the story of how they met is a simple one that still brings a smile to their faces 70 years later.
The Bucyrus, KS, couple met the old fashioned way.
"I'm so lucky," said Billie, as she recalled the first time she set eyes on her future husband.
She snatched him up at a dance.
"I saw him and immediately fell in love with him, and he took me home," she said.
The couple's 10 children say the two refuse to do anything without each other, a bond that outlasted the parting words of the priest who married them Jan. 28, 1943, at St. Thomas Church in Kansas City.
He said, "It would never last," Billie recalled.
Oh but it did, and 110 grandchildren and great-grandchildren later, they are still going strong.
After the wedding, the newlyweds moved to the Bucyrus area where Gene, a farmer and founder of Louisburg Construction, called home since he was a child.
Billie lived in Kansas City until she married Gene, and moving to the country was a new experience. She was a seamstress for 32 years while raising their family.
The love birds have been members of the Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Wea, KS, for more than 84 years.
They gathered at the church Sunday for a reception and luncheon in their honor and to celebrate Gene's 90th birthday. Billie even wore a replica of her wedding dress to toast their big day.
But as time broke down, it never touched the untouchable.
"I really love him," said Billie, wearing a replica of her wedding dress Sunday.
"She is the greatest," Gene exclaims.
The couple says there is no secret to a long marriage except, Gene says, to just "behave yourself."
Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.