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Oldest Man In North America is also Oldest Shriner

Submitted by administrator on January 15, 2009 - 11:09pm.

Walter Breuning was born in Melrose, Minnesota, on September 21, 1896. He worked for the Great Northern Railroad from 1913 to 1963. A member of Great Falls, Montana Lodge No. 118 since 1925 having served as Worshipful Master in 1934, he served as Lodge Secretary for 25 years, from 1945 to 1970. Since joining the Scottish Rite in 1937, Valley of Great Falls, he has served on various work committees, including Director of Work, from 1940 to 1985. Breuning served as Venerable Master in 1950, received the K.C.C.H. in 1949, and was coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1958. Noble Breuning has been a member of Algeria Shriners since 1951. He served as manager of the Elbon (Noble spelled backwards) Shrine Club for many years. He is also a member of the Royal Order of Scotland and Royal Order of Jesters. He is also the recicpient of the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor.

Among his many activities since turning 100, he spoke at the Great Falls Feast of Tishri at age 104 and Maundy Thursday at age 106, published "This is the Day the Lord has Made" in the Scottish Rite Journal at age 104, and tossed the first pitch at the Great Falls White Sox season opener at age 110! Walter broke his hip at age 108, spent 8 days in the hospital, and was healed in 21 days. He uses a walker to get around, but it hasn't slowed him down. Everyday, Walter eats breakfast and lunch - no dinner. In November 2007, at the age of 111, he was fitted with hearing aids. On his 112th birthday, Walter said "the secret to long life is being active. If you keep your mind busy and keep your body busy, you're going to be around a long time."

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