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Get the tissues! 96-year-old writes tear-jerker for wife

Sara Wright

Get the tissues! 96-year-old writes tear-jerker for wife

By Sara Wright. CREATED Aug 27, 2013

PEORIA, IL (KGUN9-TV) - Get out those tissue boxes! This 96-year-old man's love song for his late wife is guaranteed to make you tear up.

The year was 1938. Fred Stobaugh remembers first seeing the love of his life at an A&W Root Beer stand. She was a car hop.

"She was the prettiest girl I ever saw", Stobaugh remembers.

They were married two years later. A marriage that lasted 72 years.

Just this past April, he lost Lorraine. She was 91. Not long after, he began writing.

"After she passed away, I ws just sitting in the front room one evening by myself, it just come to me almost," he said.

Stobaugh, who's not a musician, entered the lyrics into a singer-songwriter contest at Illinois' Green Shoes' Studios.

His entry was like no other, said Green Shoe's Jacob Colgan. Instead of a YouTube video link, Stobaugh sent a large manila envelop with the lyrics written in a letter:

The memories always linger on.
Oh, sweet Lorraine, no I don't want to move on.
The memories always linger on.
Oh, sweet Lorraine, that's why I wrote you this song.

"I started to read the lyrics and was so touched by the song and without even meeting Fred we thought, we're going to do something," Colgan said.

With Stobaugh's permission, Colgan set the words to music and brought the song to life. In this video below, the 96-year-old hears the tune for the first time.

"Wonderful," Stobaugh sais after listening, while holding back tears. "Just wonderful."

"Oh Sweet Lorraine" is now available on iTunes.