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At 104, a World War II veteran celebrated his birthday with a “socially distanced” party after he fully recovered from the coronavirus!

William “Bill” Lapschies was put in isolation at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, Oregon, after first showing symptoms of COVID-19 on March 5, 2020.

Bill met recovery guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Oregon Health Authority this week, and he celebrated with his family on Wednesday with a socially distanced party!

Lapschies told reporters that it felt “pretty good” to be 104. “I made it,” he told KOIN. “Good for a few more.”

He is believed to be the oldest person to recover from COVID-19!  Check out the video, below…


“We celebrated his 101 and had over 200 people. So trying to keep our social distancing and do what Governor Brown has asked us to do,” Lapschies’ daughter, Carolee Brown, told KOIN. “But we’re so thrilled he’s recovered from this and we just had to do something for him.”

Lapschies lived through the 1918 Spanish Flu and the Great Depression, and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. At 104, he has two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Happy Day of Birth, Bill! …and thank you for your service.