In death do they part

Throughout their 69-year marriage, Gene and Pat Warrington were always with one another.

Dec. 27, the pair died eight hours apart, both while in hospice care in Findlay.

Phil Warrington, the son of Gene and Pat, said his parents had been in hospice with health issues, and the day before their deaths, they spent time together in Pat’s room.

“We were able to get them together for about 45 minutes and he held her hand,” Warrington said.

Knowing his wife’s condition had become critical, Gene returned to his room and the next day began pulling out his intravenous tubes and was “out of it,” Warrington said.

“He said it wouldn’t be fun without her,” Warrington said.

Warrington said his father died and his mother died eight hours after him.

“You could have almost predicted it,” he said. “They did everything in their life together. They were never apart.”

Warrington said the pair met in junior high shool and secretly wed when Pat was 16 and Gene was 18.

Warrington said the wedding took place while Gene was home from boot camp and before he left for World War II. Warrington said the wedding was kept secret so Pat could graduate high school.

After Gene returned from war, he graduated from high school in 1947, a year after Pat’s graduation.

“He told me that when he came back from war, he knew he never wanted to be away from her again,” Warrington said.

Gene and Pat had three children, Warrington said, and after retirement, they enjoyed spending time in Florida and had two farms in Hancock County. Warrington said they loved spending time with their seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

“They did everything together,” Warrington said. “They had been feeding on each other all along.”