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Lost Love Letter Recovered 60 Years Later

In the letter, a 21 year-old Dick Hauck proposes to his lifelong love.

By Kristin Wong Apr 5, 2012 2:33PM

Copyright 2012 KAREOn March 31, 1952, soldier Dick Hauck sat down to write a letter, and it was an important one. He was asking the love of his life, Arlene, to marry him. While 21 year-old Dick was stationed in the Army in Massachusetts, Arlene was living with her folks in Minnesota.

Sixty years later—contractors found the letter while they were remodeling Arlene's childhood home in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. One of the contractors told CNN affiliate KARE 11:

“When we stripped the linoleum back to reframe the wall to do what we had to do, there it was."

Last week, the letter was given back to Dick and Arlene, and Dick could barely reread his words, getting teary eyed with memories.

“I got your ring today. I sure hope you like it,” Dick read aloud. “I wish I could have gotten it long ago, darling.”

Choking up, Dick said: "the whole thing brings back memories."

Photo: Copyright 2012 KARE"I had a box of letters from him," Arlene said. Amusingly, she seemed pretty matter-of-fact about the whole thing, while her husband was in tears. As KARE 11 mused: "She thought it was funny. She was like, 'ah, it's just a letter.'"

Arlene says she has no idea how the letter became buried in the linoleum, and insists she wasn't hiding it from her parents.

But Arlene did make sure to hold on to the ring. After sending the letter to his lifelong love, Dick soon sent her the wedding band, which she still wears to this day.

When asked what the key to a long, successful marriage is, Dick and Arlene agreed—it's friendship.

For more on this story: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=970401

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