Man Proposes to Wife He Divorced 43 Years Ago
Louis Demetriades, Renate Stumpf set to walk down aisle again
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2015 9:43 AM CST

(Newser) – Louis Demetriades and Renate Stumpf's marriage ended 43 years ago, but in December, they spoke again for the first time in years. Apparently the flames were rekindled, because on Valentine's Day, Demetriades drove all the way from Tennessee to a Walmart in Fort Smith, Ark., where Stumpf works ... and asked her to marry him again. "Hey, good-lookin'," he said, while holding up a sign that said "Happy Valentine's Day! Will you marry me?" A shocked Stumpf hugged and kissed him ("I just talked to you this morning!" she said) before jokingly answering no, then "yes, but not today," as a Fox 5 video shows. She explains to ABC News that she just wanted to tease her ex, but the truth is, "he's changed for the better, I've come to realize." Both are now 75.

"Forty-three years is a long time and to say yes right away, I'm going to have to test him a little bit first!" the newly engaged Stumpf told Fox. "I will marry him though, because he's a good man." The couple first met at an army base in Germany in 1959 when they were 18; she worked in the kitchen, and he was a soldier. Their first marriage lasted 12 years and they had three children together. After divorcing, they both remarried, but reconnected after their second spouses both died. "When we saw each other again last December, we knew right then we still loved each other for sure. That love has never passed," Stumpf says. She's worked for Walmart for 25 years, KFSM reports, and Demetriades explains that he proposed there "because she has so many friends here and I knew she would like to share that with them." (Click for another fun proposal story.)