Harold and Ruth Knapke: Ohio couple married for 65 years dies on same day 11 hours apart

DAYTON, Ohio - Relatives of an Ohio couple who died 11 hours apart on the same day at a nursing home say their love story's ending reflects their devotion over 65 years of marriage.

The Dayton Daily News reports Harold and Ruth Knapke died in their shared room Aug. 11, days before their 66th anniversary.

Their daughters say they believe their father willed himself to stay with his wife despite failing health until they could take the next step in their journey together. He went first; she followed.

They had a joint funeral Mass, with granddaughters carrying Ruth's casket and grandsons carrying Harold's casket. The cemetery procession stopped at the farm house where the couple had raised six children, and the current owners surprised the family by flying a flag at half-mast.

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