Their life partnership ended on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court was debating gay marriage, when Thusius died in a Plainwell nursing home at the age of 85. In between, they loved, taught in the same school district, lived together…and entered places separately. “One of us would go in and the other would stand behind the door for a minute and then walk in,” Reichard recalled.
They also evolved. For much of his life, Thusius struggled with his sexual orientation. Yet on Reichard’s most recent birthday, Thusius gave him a very special gift: a wedding ring.