Married for 72 years and died holding hands

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Most people no longer take the wedding vow “Till death do us part” seriously anymore...but not this couple who died while holding hands after being with each other for 72 years....


Have you cried at your desk yet today? No?

Well…grab that box of tissues, because you probably need them in a while.

They lived together, they loved together and after four children and 72 years of marriage, they died while holding hands. This is Norma and Gordon Yeager’s remarkable story of love in a time when rampant stories of cheating spouses and bitter divorces have clouded our perception of true love.

A love like this


Norma Stock had only just graduated high school when she accepted Gordon Yeager’s marriage proposal.The couple got married in Iowa on a spring day in 1939 and went on to have four children together.

Things are not always rosy and smooth for the lovebirds…but they persevered through personal times of turmoil as well as the dangers that came with living through the horror that was World War II.

The way their children tell it, Gordon was the life of the party and Norma was his rock who was always by his side — supporting him in ways that only a devoted wife could. Norma rarely left Gordon’s side in all the 72 years that they have been together.

“They just loved being together,” their son Dennis Yeager told reporters.

“Everybody argues once in awhile, but [my dad still says] ‘I have to stick around. I can’t go until she does because I have to stay here for her and she would say the same thing.”

As with every other aspect of their lives, Norma and Gordon passed on together…while holding hands.