Love and respect go a long way in Weeks marriage

Lew and Donna Weeks got married on Sept. 2, 1961 and have said “I love you” every day since then. Love, respect and a strong Christian faith have been their foundation for a solid marriage

MARSHALL — Over the span of 56 years Lew and Donna Weeks have kept their marriage vibrant through showing love and respect for one another.

The Weekses were married in Ruthton at Peace Lutheran Church on Sept. 2, 1961, and have lived in various locations in Minnesota and South Dakota over the years with his work before retiring in Marshall, but one thing remains the same and that is their love for each other.

Every day is an adventure because they keep it fun with jokes and activities such as Bingo and going to church together.

“Our faith helps keep our marriage strong,” Donna Weeks said.

“We were married on Sept. 2, so, on the second of every month I leave her a note on her mirror telling her we’re going out to lunch or shopping or some place for the day. I started doing this on our 30th anniversary,” Lew Weeks said.

Additionally, every year the couple goes on vacation together.

“Two or three bus trips together, usually in the summer,” Lew Weeks said.

“We went to Alaska in July and Niagara Falls in September,” Donna Weeks said of their 2017 trips. “It was a big year. We met so many new friends.”

The Weekses like to travel with Prairie Coaches from Del Rapids, South Dakota because they are a Christian-based company, Lew Weeks said.

“We have devotion and say a prayer every morning before we take off for the day,” he said.

While the couple likes to spend a lot of time together, they do not spend every waking hour in each other’s company.

Lew Weeks is an avid bike rider and even went on an 8 mile ride on his 80th birthday before church. That was two years ago.

“They have great bike paths here in Marshall,” Lew Weeks said.

“I always tell him, ‘Be safe,’ as he leaves,” Donna Weeks said.

While he is gone bike riding, his wife likes to pursue her own hobbies such as quilting or reading. For several years, Donna Weeks had been a work-from-home tailor and still enjoys such projects.

The couple raised three children — Joani, Connie and Gary — all of whom are grown and on their own. Now Lew and Donna Weeks go to a lot of programs and sporting events for their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

On their 25th wedding anniversary Lew and Donna Weeks renewed their vows. They took a trip to Branson, Missouri and went to a chapel in Silver Dollar City to tell each other they love each other, just like every day of the year.

“Never forget to say, ‘I love you,’ “ Donna Weeks said.