The world’s oldest man died on Thursday at the age of 114. Walter Breuning, a retired rail worker, was the world’s second oldest person, 27 days junior to Besse Cooper.
His theory was that people are born to die and he saw eating only two meals a day and working hard as reasons for his longevity.
“We’re all going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die because you’re born to die,” he had said in an interview.
Mr. Breuning was born in Minnesota in September 1896 and moved to Great Falls at the age of 16 where he began his work for Great Northern Railway, a job he stayed in for 50 years. He married his colleague Agnes Twokey who died in 1957 after 35 years of marriage. Breuning never remarried and he retired in 1963.
The Guinness Book of World Records officially listed Breuning as the oldest male living in the world.
After his retirement he carried on working as manager and secretary for Shriners, a group similar to the Freemasons. He kept the position until the age of 99.
Since 1980, he had lived in the Rainbow Senior Living retirement home in Montana, whose governor Brian Schweitzer said after his death:
“Walter taught me that all things in moderation will help lead to a long life; that hard work and a modest living are enough for a happy life and most importantly that giving back to others is good for the soul.”
By Ali Sheikholeslami