Ed Blanchard is a man of few words, but one thing he said might be a clue to his happy 75-year marriage to his wife, Doris.
“She’s the boss,” he said.
Ed, 96, and Doris, 93, met at a dance in Sheboygan. Doris said Ed wanted to dance with the friend she came with but ended up with her.
They married, and then Ed went off to war, serving three years in the Army in the Philippines and Japan during World War II.
When he returned in 1946, he went to work at Manitowoc Shipbuilding for 42 years. Doris worked at Mirro Aluminum for 18 years along with a few other jobs. They retired in 1982.
Ed made wood crafts such as bird houses and bird feeders, and made over 500 humstrums. He used to play trumpet in a polka band.
Doris used to make ceramics.
Ed built two homes in Manitowoc. For nine years, they went to Florida in the winter. They had a summer place in Shawano near the county park and now live in an apartment in Shawano.