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114??? What was in THIS guy’s water??

Walter Breuning, who had lived in a local nursing home since 1980, was declared oldest man on July 18, 2009, by the Guinness Book of World Records.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and a great Montanan, Walter Breuning,” Governor Brian Schweitzer said in a statement. “He was wise even beyond his years.”

Breuning was born September 21, 1896, in Melrose, Minnesota, and spent most of his early life in South Dakota before taking a job with the Great Northern Railway in 1913, according to the Rainbow Senior Living retirement home in Great Falls.

He moved to Montana in 1918 to clerk for the railway and married Agnes Twokey, a telegraph operator, four years later.

He retired from the railroad at age 66. He attributed his longevity to restricting daily meals to breakfast and lunch and to downing an aspirin a day.

In recent years, Breuning attracted a following, appearing on “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” in 2009 and participating in a question-and-answer segment in the magazine “Men’s Journal.”

Governor Schweitzer said about Mr. Breuning:

“Walter taught me that all things in moderation will help lead to a long life; that hard work and a modest living are enough for a happy life and most importantly that giving back to others is good for the soul,” Schweitzer said.

Rest In Peace sir. You’ve earned it.

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