Ohio couple married for 69 years die 8 hours apart, days after holding hands in hospice care

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TIFFIN, Ohio — An Ohio couple that was married for 69 years died eight hours apart in what their son called an unsurprising end to the love story of two people who did everything together.

Eighty-eight-year-old Gene Warrington and his 86-year-old wife, Pat, died Dec. 27 in Findlay, The Advertiser-Tribune in Tiffin (http://bit.ly/1BysPGQ) reported.

"You could have almost predicted it," said their son, Phil. "They did everything in their life together. They were never apart."

Both had been in hospice care. A few days before their deaths, Gene Warrington had been able to visit his wife's room and hold her hand.

Phil Warrington said his father recognized that Pat was in critical condition and did not have long to live.

"He said 'life's not going to be fun anymore,'" the son told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "He went back to his room. He laid down and decided to die. He did will himself to die. I'm sure of that."

Eight hours after Gene died, his wife passed away.

The couple raised three children and had seven grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren. They were nearly inseparable, even in failing health, their son said.

Gene and Pat met in junior high school and wed secretly as teenagers while he was home from boot camp before leaving for World War II.

"He told me that when he came back from war, he knew he never wanted to be away from her again," Phil Warrington said.


Information from: The Advertiser-Tribune, http://www.advertiser-tribune.com

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