104-year-old World Struggle II veteran recovers from COVID-19, celebrates birthday

LEBANON, Ore. (KOIN) – An Oregon man is celebrating each his 104th birthday and his restoration from the novel coronavirus.

William “Invoice” Lapschies was one of many first two residents to check constructive for the illness on the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ House. Thus far, 15 residents have tested positive and two have passed away, based on the Oregon Division of Veterans’ Affairs.


Lapschies has been remoted in his room since first displaying signs on March 5. Staffers have been caring for him whereas utilizing private protecting gear, together with gloves, robes, face masks and plastic face shields. As of this week, “he has met the rules by the CDC and Oregon Well being Authority to be thought of recovered from COVID-19,” based on a spokesman for the VA.

Guests should not allowed inside the ability, per state restrictions issued in March. So Wednesday, Lapschies’ household stunned him exterior the veterans’ residence for a social distancing celebration.

When requested the way it feels to be 104 he answered, “Fairly good. I made it.” Lapschies paused, then added, “Good for a number of extra.”


Carolee Brown mentioned it was not precisely how she deliberate to rejoice her father’s 104th birthday.

“We celebrated his 101 and had over 200 individuals. So making an attempt to maintain our social distancing and do what Governor Brown has requested us to do,” she mentioned. “However we’re so thrilled he’s recovered from this and we simply needed to do one thing for him.”

Granddaughter Jamie Yutzie (left) and daughter Carol Brown (proper) maintain indicators wishing William Lapscheis a contented birthday (KOIN)

After he examined constructive, Brown mentioned her father was “very very sick.” At one level, she mentioned they mentioned with medical doctors the chance he may not make it. However Lapschies was a fighter.


“It appeared like he simply made this excellent restoration,” Brown mentioned. “We had been like shocked that he was type of sitting in his wheelchair waving at us by the window and we had been like, ‘He’s gonna make it!’”

The household thinks Lapschies could also be one of many oldest individuals to get well from coronavirus.

“Invoice’s fairly resilient,” son-in-law Jim Brown mentioned, noting that Lapschies lived by the Spanish Flu, Nice Melancholy, and a pair recessions. He was additionally stationed within the Aleutian Islands throughout WWII.


He has two grandchildren, six nice grandchildren, and 5 nice nice grandchildren. They’re trying ahead to with the ability to take him out for a drive when the pandemic is over, so he can see the river and the mountains. Additionally they can’t wait to hug him once more.

“His smile, I want you possibly can have seen it, that masks covers it however his smile is totally contagious,” granddaughter Jamie Yutzie mentioned.

Lapschies’ household additionally thanked workers on the residence on Wednesday, saying they couldn’t have requested for extra kindness or look after the household patriarch throughout this tough time.


“We hope that it will encourage among the different individuals which can be going by this,” Carolee Brown mentioned. “And we’re actually excited and looking out ahead to 105.”

William “Invoice” Lapschies celebrates his 104th birthday exterior the veterans’ residence in Lebanon on April 1, 2020 (KOIN)