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Love dressed in burgundy


February 14, 2018

PATRICIA AND STEVE Schilling stand beside his Chevy Nova, which Patricia had restored for Steve's 50th birthday – completely unbeknownst to her husband.

Steve Schilling expected his 50th birthday last summer to be a low-key affair.

He told his wife Patricia that he didn't want a birthday party, so they agreed on a barbecue with some family and friends.

Schilling was standing in the yard when he heard a high-powered engine rumbling up their half-mile driveway south of Crawfordsville. A glistening burgundy Chevy Nova rolled up, driven by local body shop owner Shawn Anderson, whom Schilling had met once previously.

"I was standing out there in the yard and here it comes driving up and I had met Shawn, like a month before," Schilling said. "...

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