Brad Dallanty worked at General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters during World War II, Marjorie Higgins sang at Carnegie Hall and Larry Wynn worked as a communications engineer for 30 years.
These three seniors, along with more than 200 of their closest friends celebrated being a member of the 90-Plus Club at the Douglas County Senior Center on Friday.
“I didn’t know there were this many 90-year-olds around here,” Wynn said. “I’m glad I made it.”
Born Aug. 29, 1924, Wynn won’t officially be 90 for six more months, but the senior center wanted to celebrate him anyway.
“It’s been a trip,” Wynn added. “I enjoy every day of it.”
Higgins, 94, was born Dec. 15, 1919 in Corona, Calif.
“It’s a privilege to be here today,” she said. “I never dreamed it. You think you’re never going to get old.”
Higgins was a singer for more than 60 years. Her career took her to Carnegie Hall in New York, to the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County.
“It’s been a wonderful life,” she said. “Telling the truth and being a good person helps long the way, and love of country and love of fellow man is important.”
The birthday celebration, emceed by Sheriff Ron Pierini, included personal introductions with each club member in attendance receiving a certificate and flower.
“I’m surprised to have lasted this long,” Dallanty said. “I’m glad to be alive and in as good of shape as I am.”
Dallanty, 95, served two years in the Army as a secretary and chief clerk for MacArthur’s headquarters in New Guinea, Manilla and Tokyo.
“I never got to talk to him. I was one of his lower employees,” He said of MacArthur. “He was just doing his duty.”
After his service, Dallanty worked for the federal government for 33 years before retiring in 1974.