Oldest South Dakota male celebrates 108th birthday

William Knuppe was born in Parker in December of 1903.  Later, moving to New Underwood, and working as a farmer and rancher most of his life, William "Bill," can now add another name to claim as "South Dakota's Century Club's Oldest Living Male."  Bill is planning to celebrate his 108th birthday later this month at the Good Samaritan Society in New Underwood.

In an application submitted to the Century Club, Bill was asked what he thinks contributed to his longevity.  He quickly replied, "I had a wife who was a good cook!" Knuppe married Mathe Kring on July 3, 1930 and they enjoyed 79 years together.

The Century Club is a creation of the South Dakota Health Care Association and has recognized nearly 1,000 South Dakotans since its beginning in 1997.  Century Club sponsors created the Club to recognize both the contributions and the years of these special individuals.

The Century Club is open to residents of South Dakota upon the celebration of his or her 100th birthday.  There are no dues and every inductee receives a specially designed certificate and membership card signed by sponsors.  Once a year, the current oldest living Century Club Member is recognized as the "Centenarian of the Year."

South Dakota Health Care Association in conjunction with KELOLAND Television, announced this past summer that Beryl Kapaun of Salem was named the "2011 Centenarian of the Year!" According to Century Club records, Beryl Kapaun, a current resident at the Golden LivingCenter in Salem, born June 4, 1899, is the oldest living South Dakotan.  Beryl celebrated her 112th birthday in June.  This recognition is a three-peat for Beryl as she has remained the oldest living South Dakotan for the past three years earning the honor.

You may submit names for the Century Club by visiting www.sdhca.org and downloading a Century Club Application or call LuAnn Severson, Century Club Coordinator, at 1-800-952-3052.

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