People: Buck and Peggy Gooch live happily ever after

February 16, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Buck and Peggy Gooch's love has been splashed across the newspaper, but he says it's just a common country story.

Last year Peggy wrote a poem to Buck for a Love Lines ad in the Valentine's edition of The Advocate-Messenger as a surprise for her hubby, who enjoys proclaiming his love to her on the local cable access channel. They enjoyed it, and then didn't think much more about it.

When the newspaper advertising staff put together the ad for this year's Love Lines page, they grabbed the Buck-n-Peggy poem and have used it as an example.

Buck said more people have noticed it as an ad than they did when it was first in the newspaper. Over and over, Peggy's poem about standing "face to face" with Buck on their wedding day has appeared in the Advocate.


Buck said he is more in love now than when they married 20 years ago, and that's saying a lot. So, how did the romance of Buck and Peggy begin?

Buck took a break from washing windows at Kentucky Fried Chicken to recount their great romance.

He believed that at 28 he was a confirmed bachelor. Back then he owned Bud's Grocery in Waynesburg. He ran the store during the day and then retired at night to his home in the back of the building. His friends told him he should get married. Nah, it wasn't for him.

"I was prepared to be a bachelor for the rest of my life," he said. Then she showed up.

"She was something I'd never seen before," he said.

Peggy had moved from Indianapolis to take care of her dad, who lived next to the grocery. She found lots of excuses to come over. She had to use the phone or she was out of Fig Newtons.

One day Buck got brave.

He asked her over for dinner. He cooked steak, mashed potatoes, salad and a chocolate cake.

After dating a few months he asked her over for another meal. He fixed meatloaf.

"I guess it's not romantic, but I'm not too bad of a cook."

He gave her a bundle of red and pink roses, knelt on one knee and popped the question.

"I just knew she was the one," he said. "I love everything about her. She's my best friend and companion. I know that might sound corny to a lot of people, but it's true."

They were married on Dec. 7.

Buck Gooch said it has been happily ever after.

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