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Blooming Prairie man celebrates 101st birthday

Jaclyn Harold
Created: November 14, 2019 08:41 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Not many people live to see 100.

"Somebody had to get married in order to bring the girls around," said Merle McNutt, a veteran from World War II celebrating his 101st Birthday.

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While reflecting on the people he's lost like his parents and siblings, McNutt then took a step into a new year.

"What's a hundred years like? Why I think just normal," said McNutt.

Thursday afternoon, family members and close friends to Merle gathered for an accomplishment many don't meet.

"It's really a privilege, I was thinking about that this morning. My mom died at 87 and a lot of times we think 87 is a long time to have a parent, said Mace McNutt, one of Merle's three children.  "But  I'm 65 and I still got my dad around that's a pretty nice thing to have," said Mace.

One of Merle's daughters also attended the birthday party, and after more than a century of living, they aren't the only ones that have nice things to say about their dad.

"He's a very loving person. Caring," said Dawn Gross, a member of the Lutheran church that Merle attends. Gross says that she and Merle are able to bond over bunco (shaking dice) every Thursday.

"He just loves to live life, and he's so good to everybody. "said Tammy Johnson, another family friend that helped organize the party.

To Merle 101 may seem like any other day but for most people, it's quite an accomplishment. So what's his secret?

"Well leave the liquor alone and leave the smoking alone and you'll get there," said Merle.


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