By Fernando Alcantara/Garden Grove Journal
It was the summer of 1935 in Balboa at the historic Balboa Rendezvous Ballroom when he saw her.
He had watched her turn down guy after guy who had asked her to dance, but he had to see if she’d turn him down too.
With all the confidence he could muster, Dick Knox walked over to her and asked her to dance. The future Mrs. June Knox gave him the once-over and decided he was “interesting” enough to dance with.
“We’ve been dancing ever since,” Dick Knox said.
Dick wouldn’t see June again until a mutual friend of theirs reunited them. The two remembered dancing with each other at the Rendezvous Ballroom and picked up right where they left off.
Dick knew right away.
“She was a girl I wanted to marry,” he said.
Fast-forward to 2011: June Knox, 94, and Dick Knox, 96, will celebrate a milestone achievement of 75 years of marriage to one another on June 26.
The couple’s diamond anniversary was celebrated last Saturday with friends and family at the Emeritus at Valley View senior living residence in Garden Grove.
Twenty-five of the couple’s friends and family were in attendance but were only a small representation of the couple’s legacy.
The Knox family tree branches have extended to 10 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
For the last 75 years, the couple attributes their long-lasting relationship to the fact that they just enjoy one another’s company.
“I didn’t like to be away from her,” Dick said.
Dick, a former telecommunications engineer in the Army during World War II, spent three years away from June during the war but was sure to make up for the missed time when they got back.
“We spent a lot of time traveling,” June said. And according to Dick, the couple have totaled nearly 250,000 miles in their RV exploring the United States.
June, reflecting on their 75 years together, said, “I haven’t been out that much, but I can’t think of another man that I’d rather be with.”
Dick said the secret to a successful marriage, in their case, is letting June have her way.
June agreed and added, “Well, I am the smarter of the two.”
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