After 72 years of marriage they had only an hour’s separation between them in their passing, yet their locked hands never let go, the Daily Mail reported.

The family of the Iowa couple says their life together was a real-life love story, never separated, even after their tragic car accident which sent them both to the hospital.

‘They believed in marriage,’ Dennis Yeager, the youngest son of Gordon Yeager, 94, and wife Norma, 90, told MailOnline. ‘They chose each other and once they had committed, that was it.’

The couple was both born in Iowa before Gordon Yeager moved to a farm a Minnesota with his family. After it was badly hit by the Depression, 16-year-old Gordon returned to work at the Chevrolet Garage in State Center, Iowa – a business which he would eventually go on to own.

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