Bud Caldwell leaves a penny and a daisy at his wife's memorial bench each day

By Kelli Bender
January 30, 2015 03:15 PM

http://WDJT.images.worldnow.com/interface/js/WNVideo.js?rnd=247631;hostDomain=www.cbs58.com;playerWidth=600;playerHeight=325;isShowIcon=true;clipId=11076278;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=overlayRain or shine, snow or sleet, Bud Caldwell always finds a way to talk with his late wife. Sometimes, he just needs a little help.

Every day, Caldwell, 82, drives to Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to visit the memorial bench he had installed to honor his wife of nearly 56 years, Betty, reports WDJT.

Caldwell says having a moment to be with his wife, even in spirit, is the best part of his day. After each visit, Caldwell leaves behind a single daisy and penny as a nod to the couple’s favorite songs, “Pennies from Heaven” and “Daisy a Day.”

This has been Caldwell’s routine for the past two years, until weather got in the way. A few weeks ago, heavy snow blocked the man’s path to the memorial. After slipping and falling last year while trying to walk through the snow to the bench, Caldwell decided to adjust his normal plan.

Instead of walking out, the devoted husband stayed in his car at Lakeside Park and spoke to Betty from there. Caldwell’s change caught the attention of two park employees familiar with the elderly man’s routine.

After spotting Caldwell, Jerrod Ebert and Kevin Schultz grabbed shovels and hurried to clear the path up to Betty’s bench. The act brought all three of the men to tears.

“We have to make sure he can get to his bench and talk to his wife,” Ebert said.

After seeing Caldwell’s emotional reaction to their good deed, the pair of park workers have promised to keep the path clear throughout the entire winter.

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