How they met: Dance moves brought them to lifetime of togetherness -
Published Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 2:34 pm
How they met: Dance moves brought them to lifetime of togetherness

Across a crowded dance floor, she spotted him, a handsome young man with thick, wavy brown hair.

She noticed he was a good dancer, graceful and smooth.

Juanita and Lindy Lindamood met on that night in 1940.

Juanita was a high school senior attending a dance at a ballroom in Bellevue, and Lindy had been out of school a couple of years. When she saw him, she hoped he would ask her to dance — and he did.

They eventually started dating and stayed in touch through letters after Lindy joined the Navy. Lindy, who grew up in Wahoo, Neb., served on a ship that hunted submarines during World War II.

They wanted to get married, but finding a good time was tough.

When Lindy was home on leave, they married on New Year's Eve 1944 at a Presbyterian church in Bellevue. Next week, they will celebrate their 69th anniversary.

Juanita remembers New Year's Eve was icy and windy in 1944, but people still filled the church. After the wedding, guests gathered for cake and punch in the church hall, and then the couple went out dancing with friends and family.

A few days later, the couple traveled to the naval base in San Diego, where Lindy was stationed.

Nine months later, he was discharged. The couple planned to return to Nebraska but didn't have money for train tickets.

So they hitchhiked. One of their rides was in the back of a pickup filled with chicken coops.

They settled in Omaha, and Lindy worked as a milkman for Roberts Dairy for 25 years. When he retired, the couple bought the Dairy Queen at 61st Street and Ames Avenue and ran it until 1997.

They worked side by side at the store, along with an army of teenage helpers. Juanita is proud of all the young people who worked there, and some of them still stay in touch with the couple.

The last few years have been rough because of Lindy's health problems.

He is 91 and has survived stomach cancer and pneumonia. Chemo caused his hair to fall out, but it grew back thick, just like it was when the couple met.

They count their blessings. Lindy, who loves to fish, is feeling much better these days. They still live in the same big brick house in Omaha's Happy Hollow neighborhood that they bought in 1968. They have one daughter, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

For their anniversary next week, they will go out to dinner with family.

The couple won't be dancing like they did on their wedding night, but Juanita knows she will remember that New Year's Eve so many years ago and give Lindy a kiss.

Contact the writer: Michael O'Connor    |   402-444-1122    |  

Michael is a general assignment reporter for the Living section, covering a mix of topics including human interest stories.

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