96-year-old writes touching love song for wife of 75 years for contest

Posted on: 4:01 pm, August 26, 2013, by , updated on: 04:52pm, August 26, 2013

EAST PEORIA, Ill.- A small company wanted to get creativity flowing in the town of East Peoria but they ended up getting a lot more.

Green Shoe Studio asked singers and songwriters to submit their original compositions to an online contest.

However, they soon received a large manila envelope.

Inside was a love story in the form of a simple song called “Sweet Lorraine.”

Fred Stobaugh, 96, says his wife of 75 years had just passed away and he was trying to find the best way to honor her memory.

Sitting alone in his living, he came up with the perfect recognition for a life well-lived through a few simple lyrics.

The organizers at Green Shoe Studios say Fred’s composition didn’t meet the criteria for their contest.

However, they decided that his heartfelt lyrics deserved something more than just Fred’s voice and a guitar.

They created a video to tell the story of the couple’s love in its entirety.

The company posted the video on its YouTube account, which already has over 100,000 views.

You can even purchase the song on ITunes.