Great Falls

Sep 20, 2011 2:44 PM by Governor's Office

"Walter Breuning Day" declared by Governor Schweitzer

Governor Brian Schweitzer has proclaimed September 21, 2011, as "Walter Breuning Day."

Breuning, born in Minnesota in 1896, moved to Great Falls in 1918, and lived in the Electric City until his death in April, 2011, at the age of 114.

Breuning was honored as the world's oldest living man by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009, a title he held for nearly two years.

In issuing the declaration, Schweitzer noted, "The arc of his life spanned 114 years and he is worthy of a day named in his honor as a small token of his appreciation for his contributions to Great Falls and the State of Montana."

September 21st would have been Breuning's 115th birthday.

Rainbow Senior Living, where Breuning lived for decades, will honor his life on that day with a private celebration for Rainbow residents and some of Walter's friends from the community.

On the menu that day will be Walter's favorite: liver and onions.

Click here to view and read the complete proclamation (PDF).

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