Altoona man turns 105

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Turning 105 years old is always worthy of celebrating.

For Harry Boehm of Altoona, this birthday celebration was especially meaningful since COVID-19 has kept his family and friends from seeing him recently.

“It’s been hard being separated from him,” said Harry granddaughter Eva Cullen.

The state is currently not allowing senior living facilities to have any visitors.

“We missed him very much during this time,” Said Chris Boehm, Harry’s grandson.

But on Sunday, he turned 105 years old, so they found a way to celebrate.

“I’m so fortunate that Grace allowed us to come and have a compassionate care visit it was a beautiful morning for me”

“Happy birthday, we’re just really glad we get to celebrate it with him today,” said Harry’s children, Kevin and Kathy.

Cars filled with family and friends lined up at Prairie Point in Altoona to see Harry and wish him happy birthday.

“The room always livens up when he’s in there,” said Harry’s grandchild, Iris Boehm.

Rick Boehm, Harry’s son added,

“I’ve always felt fortunate to have the father I’ve had,” said Harry’s son, Rick.

“Faith, family, friends, food, and fun, all of those things have been very important to Harry, primarily his faith and in the end that’s pretty much what you have left,” saod Harry’s daughter Ellis.

Five generations of Harry’s family traveled to see him, even if it was for just a moment.

And although many of Harry’s favorite activities such as the Minnesota state fair and Oktoberfest, are canceled this year, this Blugolds and Altoona High School super fan told his family he can’t wait until the action resumes.

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