It’s been a rough year for Bethel Killman, 99, of Scottsburg, Indiana, but he’s hoping his 100th birthday marks a turnaround.
In April, the World War II veteran was diagnosed with a heart valve problem and given five months to live. In September, he lost his wife.
Now, less than two weeks before his 100th birthday, the veteran’s family is trying to cheer him up with a communitywide birthday party.
“Bethel was feeling down about his prognosis last year, so I told him I would throw him a party for his 100thbirthday," Steven Phillips, who dates Killman’s stepdaughter, told WLKY.
Phillips said Killman was a member of the Old Guard and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in 1945.
“The American Legion will be at the party. We’re going to pull out some old pictures and try to dig up some memories from his service. It’ll be special for him," Phillips said.
If you’d like to send a birthday card, Killman’s address is:
966 Wilson Road
Scottsburg, IN 47170
The cards are an added bonus, an idea sparked by Killman’s grandkids who posted a photo on Facebook.
It has since racked up more than 1,000 shares.