Couple celebrating 80 years of marriage shares their secret

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Couple Celebrating 80 Years of Marriage Shares Their Secret

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. (WDAF) -- "In sickness and in health," those are the vows that an Excelsior Springs couple takes to heart as they celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary.

"It don't seem like it's been 80 years," said Carl Looman.

He has to remind his wife, Eileen of the occasion.

It's hard for her to keep track of the years, but their two children, 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 22 great great grandchildren will always keep track of their wedding anniversary.

Even with eight decades of memories together, they're still looking ahead to the future.

"We have our golden years ahead. I'm happy where I am so long as we're together," she said.

Carl and Eileen met in the 1930s. Carl said it was love at first sight. It was her cooking skills that hooked him. He didn't wait long before he wrote a letter asking her to marry him and she said yes.

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Carl and Eileen met in the 1930s. Carl said it was love at first sight. It was her cooking skills that hooked him. He didn't wait long before he wrote a letter asking her to marry him and she said yes.
Carl and Eileen met in the 1930s. Carl said it was love at first sight. It was her cooking skills that hooked him. He didn't wait long before he wrote a letter asking her to marry him and she said yes.
Carl and Eileen met in the 1930s. Carl said it was love at first sight. It was her cooking skills that hooked him. He didn't wait long before he wrote a letter asking her to marry him and she said yes.
Carl and Eileen met in the 1930s. Carl said it was love at first sight. It was her cooking skills that hooked him. He didn't wait long before he wrote a letter asking her to marry him and she said yes.
Carl and Eileen met in the 1930s. Carl said it was love at first sight. It was her cooking skills that hooked him. He didn't wait long before he wrote a letter asking her to marry him and she said yes.
Carl and Eileen met in the 1930s. Carl said it was love at first sight. It was her cooking skills that hooked him. He didn't wait long before he wrote a letter asking her to marry him and she said yes.
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"We got married after a month and a half, two months," said Carl.

The more they knew each other, the more they fell in love. Decades later, they're sharing their secret to a long and happy marriage. It's actually pretty simple.

"Do things together. Talk it over," Eileen said. "Find something to laugh about. Don't think of the bad things."

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"Ask if it's alright to buy something. If she says no, then forget," Carl added.

Eileen is a magnificent 101-years-old, Carl isn't too far behind.

"I haven't lost my love for her," Carl said.

His birthday is next Tuesday, another milestone they get to celebrate together.

The Excelsior Springs Nursing & Rehab Center plan to surprise the couple with a special steak dinner to celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary.

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