America’s Oldest Man Passes away at 110 on Tuesday
The oldest man in the country, residing in northern Illinois Rockford passed away on Tuesday. The Sweden-born man, Conrad Johnson died at 110 years and 338 days.
Robert Young, Senior Database Administrator for the national Gerontology Research Group, mentioned that Johnson was the oldest verified American man. He was born before Albert Einstein introduced his theory of relativity and he saw 19 US presidents take office.
Johnson lived in Rockford most of his life starting from when he left his family farm to move to the US at 19 years old. He then pursued a career in carpentry.
He lived in his home in Rockford until 102 and then moved to a retirement community. He was moved to a nursing home. Johnson passed away after his health deteriorated following a stroke back in April.
He was one of ten children and had lots of nephews and nieces but outlived them all. His only survivor is a nephew, Edward Johnson of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The Daily Mail reported that he was married twice but never had children. His first wife died in 1988 after suffering from Parkinson's disease while his second wife lost a battle to cancer in 2002.
He was an acquaintance of Rev. Jane McChesney of Tabor Lutheran Church. She described him as smart, good-humoured, a self-made man and 'very giving'. Johnson also earned a reputation for being quite the ladies' man.
On his 109th birthday, he told the Register Star, "I feel good and I haven't been sick for a long, long time. He said that he owed his long life to daily exercise, a diet of oatmeal for breakfast, daily prayers and early nights".
Now, the oldest man in the world is Sakari Momoi from Saitama City, Japan, who is set to turn 112 on February 5, 2015.
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