Couple Credit “Together” for Marriage in 1986

For 86 years, Ralph and Dorothy Kohler have done everything they can think of, including compromises.

Indio, California — After 86 years, California couples have had the longest marriage in the United States.

Ralph Kohler, 104, said the secret to a long marriage is simple.

September 16th marked the 86th anniversary of his marriage to his 103-year-old wife Dorothy. The two knotted in Tekamah, Nebraska in 1935 and have been inseparable ever since.

Last year, their marriage was approved by Congress. Ralph said his bond with his wife had lasted decades, partly because of the compromise. From bowling to ballroom dancing, the two enjoyed their hobbies together.

Ballroom dancing has taken them across the country, and they have won hundreds of awards over the years. They also participated in trap shooting, and Ralph and Dorothy were on the US Trap shooting team at different times. In 1952, their son also joined the action.

Ralph said it was the only time in history that a trio of mother, father and son joined the team in the same year.

Looking back on his marriage, Ralph had nothing but good to say about the other half of him.

“Sometimes it may be a sharp word,” Ralph said. “But it didn’t last long.”

Their marriage paved the way for a large family: 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

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Couple Credit “Together” for Marriage in 1986

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