Hettinger man turns 105

No special diets, no secret potions, just good genes and “really living” are what Oary Austin attributes to his more than century of life.

Oray Austin celebrates his 105th birthday with family and friends.
Oray Austin celebrates his 105th birthday with family and friends.

Posted Jan. 18, 2013

By JAMIE SPAINHOWER

Adams County Record Editor

 

No special diets, no secret potions, just good genes and “really living” are what Oary Austin attributes to his more than century of life.

“I worked hard all my life,” he said. “So I’m taking it a little easy now.”

At one time a pilot, Oary loves to fly, and was up in the air about a month ago with his son Bill.

Oary also owned the Pepsi Bottling Company in Hettinger for 26 years, and was a farmer, among other things.

The fifth of eight children, he and his sister Margaret (who is nine years younger) are the only surviving children of a large and happy family. He had three brothers and four sisters.

“I was married for 49 and one half years to my wife, Aileen,” he said. It was definitely a case of love at first sight, as he first noticed her in fourth grade.

The key to a happy marriage was to give and take – and take and give, he said with a laugh. They had a son and a daughter, and he has many grandchildren.

“It’s a lot to add up right now,” he said.

When asked if he had any regrets or was scandalous as a young man, Oary laughed and said. “If I was I tried to forget.”

Though working hard is important, it’s just as important to take time to go fishing and hunting and play.

“Family is important,” he said.

At 102 he was still out dancing, and he has plans to hopefully take in some music over the weekend.

“You have to really live. Keep going and don’t just sit down and wait to die,” he said.




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