Betty Biddle walked through her house yesterday holding a picture of her husband, Clark.
Now and then, she kissed it.
“I don’t know if I’m going to make it without him,” she said.
No one who knew 88-year-old Clark Biddle would be surprised to know that his final act, on Feb. 26, was to push his wife of 68 years out of the way of a car.
She was bruised. He died.
“Sometimes I wish I went with him,” said Mrs. Biddle, also 88, sitting in the living room of her house in Norwich Township. “I really do.” The couple’s son, Gary, said Mr. Biddle had been Mrs. Biddle’s primary caregiver since she fell and broke a hip two years ago. He undoubtedly acted out of instinct when he pushed her to safety before the car, backing out of a shopping center parking space, could hit her. “It would just be natural for him,” said Gary Biddle, who lives in Hong Kong.
The Biddles’ relationship reflects a classic American story: sweethearts at West High School, Class of 1944, who put marriage on hold so he could serve in the Army during World War II.
After the war, he obtained a degree from Ohio State University and opened Biddle’s Drive-In Restaurant, a business on W. Broad Street that he ran for 25 years.
They had two children: Gary and his sister, Sally Cress, of Upper Arlington. In the 1970s, the family moved from Lincoln Village to the larger place near Hilliard. He loved riding his mower and sharing the bounty of his vegetable garden.