Two high school sweethearts died just a few hours apart after spending 74 years together.
Leonard and Hazel Cherry got married in January of 1942 in Muldoon, Texas, the Daily Mail reported. Their grandson, Craig Cherry, said the couple had the strongest love he’d ever seen.
“The two were always smiling and always deeply in love,” Craig told KWTX.
Leonard, 95, recently became ill and was being cared for at the St. Catherine Center in Waco for a few days. Hazel, 93, was in a nursing home right next door.
“Mother had been driving around town and still going to the grocery store as recently as two weeks ago, but Dad's health had been failing for some years,” said David Cherry, the couple’s son.
Leonard passed away on Oct. 27 at approximately 1 p.m. His wife died later that day at about 11 p.m. Her cause of death was not immediately clear.
“It's kind of hard you know, you can't pick up the phone and call them anymore, or call mother and can't go by and see Dad,” said David, who is a retired lawyer. “The more I began to think about it, I began to smile because of how much they loved each other.
“I feel blessed that Daddy's suffering is over, and I feel blessed that Mom is with him and that she didn't have to live alone.”
Leonard was an Army Air Corps veteran. In World War II, he served as a B-24 bomber pilot and trained his fellow comrades on how to fly a plane.
When the war was over, he stayed at Fort Worth where he was stationed and ran an auto repair business with his wife until 1980. The couple eventually sold their business and moved to Woodway to be closer to their son and grandson.
A memorial service for the couple will be held on Nov. 4.