Lehigh Valley WWII veteran celebrates his one centesimal birthday

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Lehigh Valley’s personal Richard Schimmel has reached triple digits!

“I suppose I used to be simply fortunate,” he stated Wednesday.

Household and buddies from throughout got here collectively on the Phoebe residence in Allentown on Wednesday to have a good time Richard hitting a century.

“It is wonderful,” stated Rick Schimmel, Richard’s oldest son.

Throughout his 100 years on this earth, he is seen and completed all of it. Richard was born and raised in Allentown, served in World Battle II, and survived Pearl Harbor, all earlier than coming residence, beginning a household, and embarking on his profession at Sears for over 40 years.

“I received a house right here, I received a job, I completed highschool, I went to PSU Extension,” Richard stated. “I received married, had two boys.”

However what are the keys to residing lengthy sufficient to go away that type of legacy? Richard says- a number of issues.

“I all the time say clear residing,” stated Richard. “I attempt to be good. I by no means had actual bother.”

“I attempted to handle myself, thoughts my very own enterprise,” Richard added. “I hold energetic.”

The household and buddies who got here to have a good time say they would not miss it for the world.

Richard says it means a lot.

“I’m very grateful. I am very grateful that they got here right here,” Richard stated.

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