- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

YORK, Pa. (AP) - Charlie and Raymond Sunday had no idea 130-odd family and friends awaited them Saturday afternoon at Dover Fish & Game Associates, ready to shout “Surprise!”

It must have been perfectly orchestrated, then, because the two men have 180 years of birthday experience on their side.

They’re twins, and they’re turning 90 on Nov. 24.

While both Sundays said they always felt just as close to their other four siblings as they did to each other, Charlie pointed out one childhood benefit of having a twin.

When siblings fight and wrestle, “usually it’s one big guy and one small guy,” he said.

But he and his brother were evenly matched because they were the same age.

Both say their relationship hasn’t gotten either closer or less close as their lives have gone on.

“I feel about the same,” Charlie said, before turning to his brother. “What do you think?”

“Yeah, the same,” Raymond said, nodding.

Charlie, the taller of the two, talks more than the bearded Raymond does.

“That’s the only difference between the two,” whispered Raymond’s daughter, Rene Middleton, standing off to the side as the twins - mostly, but not exclusively, Charlie - talked and told stories.

Both brothers are closing in on 70 years of marriage with their respective wives, said Arlene Leib, the twins’ younger sister. Charlie is married to June, and Raymond to Betty.

Charlie has nine kids, 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; Raymond has a daughter, a stepson and three grandchildren.

The twins still live in Dover Township. Raymond lives just off Route 74, while Charlie still lives on the farm the Sunday boys grew up on.

Plenty has changed during the brothers’ lifetimes.

“Some’s good, and some’s not so good,” Raymond said. “The whole computer thing - it’s not for me.”

Raymond said he thinks the key to their longevity is the fact that they’ve worked hard their whole lives. Charlie agreed.

“I did everything on the farm since I was 13,” Charlie said.

Raymond, a factory worker for much of his life, still gardens and hunts.

Charlie continues to do some work on the farm, he said, even though the doctor says he “isn’t supposed to.”

“I’m not dead yet,” he said, “But I think they’ll have to carry me out of the farm in my casket.”





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