Age is nothing but a number and if you truly love someone, you will go above and beyond to make sure they’re okay. Don’t believe us? Then you’ve not heard of the 99-year-old New Yorker who travels far and wide to let his wife know he loves her. That man is Luther Younger.
Luther is a 99-year-old veteran from Rochester, New York, and he has to be the greatest husband in the world. Luther has been married to his wife, Waverlee, for 55 years. He refers to her as ‘the sweetest cup of tea he ever had’.
Every day, Luther walks 6 miles each way to be with his wife in the hospital. He doesn’t care if it’s rain, extreme heat or snow – he will be there! Now, Luther has become somewhat of a local celebrity thanks to his heartwarming pilgrimages.
Luther walks every day from his home to the Strong Memorial Hospital. It was a particularly hot day in August, over 90 degrees, but that wasn’t going to hold him back. At the age of 99, he is still as fit and healthy as ever.
Luther Younger’s wife was ill, but he was determined to visit her every day so she wasn’t alone
Waverlee Younger was diagnosed with a brain tumor 9 years ago and doctors thought she’d only have 5 years in her. Waverlee’s daughter, Lutheta, said that both her mom and her dad remained strong throughout this devastating ordeal.
For the past 9 years, Waverlee has been in and out of the hospital, but Luther promised he wouldn’t leave her. That’s why he goes on the long walk to see her every day. He would visit her every day and often sleep there – sometimes on the floor if there was no furniture to spare.
I got a wife, I don’t want to wait on the bus. I want to go up there to see my wife.
Often, strangers offer to give Luther a lift in their car, but he always declines. Why? He said the walk clears his mind and he’s always worked as a laborer so a long walk isn’t a challenge to him.
Luther grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and he was a former Marine who fought in the Korean War.
People tell me to act my age — yeah, right. They’re jealous because I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, because it’s no good. I wouldn’t be here [if I did].
Luther doesn’t see the long walks as an inconvenience. To him, it’s just what you do for someone you love.
She is a beautiful lady and she treats me as a person is supposed to be … she made a man out of me. That’s why I love her, because she’s tough. She’s not weak … That’s the kind of woman I want.
Luther Younger met Waverlee at a laundromat and they later got married at their home. Lutheta is the couple’s only child but Luther also helped raise Waverlee’s other children from a previous relationship.
She wasn’t easy. She was the type of person, if you didn’t work, you got to go. And I had to work. That’s why I’m sticking with her, because if it hadn’t been for my wife, I wouldn’t have made it.
Don’t forget to watch Luther Younger and Waverlee’s beautiful love story in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝