Oldest Kansan celebrates 107th Birthday

TOPEKA (KSNT) — The oldest man in Kansas is celebrating another birthday.

Aldersgate Village held a birthday party for Bill Calwell this morning. Calwell is celebrating his 107th birthday, which according to his family and Aldersgate, makes him the oldest Kansan.

He was born in 1908 in Wetmore, Kan. and he served as a railroad executive with the Rock Island line for 47 years before retiring. In his long life, he has traveled to 39 different countries.

Longevity is in Calwell’s genes; both of his parents lived to be 100. He says a simple thing has let him live so long:

“In high school, I was told that you’ve got to get to bed early and get a good night’s sleep every night, and nature will take care of ‘ya.”

Calwell and his wife Doris were married for 76 years. She passed away at 100 years old.

Calwell has been playing golf since he was 10 years old. He has made 8 hole-in-one’s in his lifetime, but hasn’t played in about a year.

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