World’s Oldest Man Dies in Montana at 114

By Beacon Staff

GREAT FALLS – Officials at a Montana retirement home say the world’s oldest man has died.

Walter Breuning was 114, making him the oldest man and the second-oldest person in the world.

Breuning was born on Sept. 21, 1896, in Melrose, Minn., and moved to Montana in 1918.

The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group lists Besse Cooper of Georgia as the world’s oldest woman at 114. Breuning was 26 days younger than Cooper.

Breuning lived at the Rainbow Senior Living retirement home in Great Falls.

Retirement home spokeswoman Stacia Kirby confirmed that Breuning died Thursday of natural causes in a Great Falls hospital.

Breuning attributed his long life to eating two meals a day, working as long as he could and embracing any change that came his way.

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