Louis Demetriades made the grand gesture at a Walmart on Valentine’s Day.
1. A Walmart employee in Arkansas received quite the surprise on Valentine’s Day — a proposal from her ex-husband, who she divorced over 40 years ago.
2. Renate Stumpf was working at the store in Fort Smith on Saturday when 75-year-old Louis Demetriades walked in, declared “Hey good lookin'”, and held up a sign that read: “Happy Valentine’s Day! Will you marry me?” KFSM 5 News reported.
Stumpf, also 75, initially teased Demetriades by saying no, but then declared: “Yes, but not today!”
3. The couple met on an army base in Germany in 1959, when they were both 18.
They later got married, but after 12 years as man and wife they separated.
Stumpf revealed to ABC News that they had both remarried but their second spouses had recently died.
The pair had three children together and after not speaking for decades finally got back in contact in December when Demetriades reportedly tried to contact their daughter through Facebook.
4. “When we saw each other again last December, we knew right then we still loved each other for sure,” Stumpf said. “That love has never passed.”
Talking about the proposal, Stumpf told KFSM 5 News: “Forty-three years is a long time to say ‘yes’ right away. I’m going to have to test him a little bit first! I will marry him though, because he’s a good man.”
Demetriades also revealed why he chose Walmart for the proposal.
“She has so many friends here and I knew she would like to share that with them,” he said.