A world war II veteran, Richard Overton, America’s oldest man passed away at the age of 112. Volvo overturn Junior, his cousin, told the Austin American-statesman that Richard Overton, who resides in Austin Texas breathed his last on Thursday, at a rehabilitation home.
The newspaper reported that Richard Overton had been hospitalized with pneumonia, earlier this month. What made Richard Overton a celebrity over the past few years is his status as the oldest living American veteran of world war II and his longevity.
Richard Overton visited Washington in 2013 and met at the White House with President Barack Obama. On his 111th birthday, the street where Richard Overton lived in Austin was renamed as Richard Overton Avenue.
In 1906, in Texas, Richard Overton was born on May 11 and served in the US army from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific. Overton worked in the furniture stores after returning home and for the office of the state treasurer.
The Statesman reported that Richard Overton spent his later years sitting on his porch, sipping coca-cola, coffee and smoking cigars with the dash of whisky. Though Richard Overton got married twice, he had no kids.
The oldest living man in the world, according to the gerontology research group is 113-year old Masazou Nonaka of Japan.