Couple Married 68 Years Die Holding Hands in Wreck
Floyd and Margaret Nordhagen found with hands clasped in car
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
Updated Oct 20, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Floyd and Margaret Nordhagen were married 68 years, and they died last week holding hands. They were killed when Floyd, 92, pulled out in front of a truck while driving in Washington state, and state troopers who arrived on the scene found them clasping hands in the wreckage. "You don't see that every day," one trooper tells KREM 2. "I don't know if they were holding hands before he passed, or if she grabbed him afterward but it doesn't matter," says a family friend. "They would have been holding hands if they could, so that's the way we all want to remember them."

The two people in the truck were fine, authorities say, as was a dog who was thrown from the truck. The Nordhagens, who are survived by four kids, 11 grandkids, and 23 great-grandkids, were on their way to buy cat food at a store where they were regulars, KHQ reports. Friends are coming forward to share touching details: One says Floyd told him he made sure to hug and kiss Margaret, 88, daily; another says that when Floyd began to struggle with mowing the lawn, the couple started pushing the mower together. (Click for the story of a couple married 71 years who died on the same day.)

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Oct 21, 2013 8:02 AM CDT
"you dont see that every day" the officer said, staring at the dead couple.
Oct 20, 2013 11:38 PM CDT
I don't want to be the bad guy here, but isn't holding your beloved's hand while pulling out into traffic a real bad idea?
Oct 20, 2013 8:41 PM CDT
I like this story, it's heartwarming but not current. Men are on Strike and I'm afraid cute stories won't change social trends.