FOND DU LAC, Wisc.- A Wisconsin man who spent nearly 56 years with his wife keeps her memory alive with the help of two park employees
Bud Caldwell, 82, has a routine that he sticks to every single day. He drives to Lakeside Park, rain or shine. There’s where he visits the bench he bought and dedicated to his wife, Betty, after she passed away two years ago.
While he’s there, Caldwell tells his late wife about what’s going on in his life, and leaves a daisy and a penny.
The two mementos are left in tribute to two of their favorite songs together: “Pennies from Heaven” and “Daisy a Day.”
“It felt like the natural thing to do,” Caldwell said.
A few weeks ago, it snowed in Fond du Lac and the path Caldwell takes to Betty was covered in snow. He tried to make his way through the snow in a previous year and fell. This winter he didn’t want to risk it.
So, he sat in his car and spoke to Betty instead. That is until two Fond du Lac Parks Department employees noticed his routine.
Jerrod Ebert and Kevin Schultz got shovels and cleared the path.
The gesture brought them both to tears, as Ebert and Schultz couldn’t stand that Caldwell wasn’t able to leave his daisy and penny.
“We have to make sure he can get to his bench and talk to his wife,” Ebert said.
Caldwell said that Ebert and Schultz have vowed to keep the path clear all winter for him.