104-year-old recovers from covid-19 just in time to celebrate birthday

William “Bill” Lapschies has a lot to celebrate lately.

Not only has he recovered from the coronavirus, but he recently turned 104 years old!

And on April 1, staff from the Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, Oregon, where he lives, wheeled him outside to greet his family for a small birthday gathering, all keeping with the social distancing guidelines of course.

Thank you to everyone who sent Grandpa Bill cards, letters and goodies for his Birthday! He will be very busy enjoying these for weeks!!

Gepostet von Jamie Lynn Yutzie am Mittwoch, 1. April 2020

Lapschies first began showing symptoms of the virus on March 5, about a week after Dr. Rob Richardson on of two doctors at the veterans’ home became concerned about when the coronavirus would infiltrate the veterans’ home.

Several days later there were a few residents experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness. Richardson suspected COVID-19 and tests later confirmed his suspicion.

So far there have been 16 confirmed cases of the coronavirus at the veterans’ home. Eight of the residents have fully recovered, while two have died.


For Lapschies and his neighbors’ surviving the virus was never a given, but luckily for the 104-year-old, who lived through the 1918 Spanish flu, dealt with the Great Depression, and served in WWII, he only had a moderate case.

“It just went away,” he told OPB. “Sit out here and you can get rid of anything.”

To celebrate his health and birthday, some of his family members gathered outside the veterans’ home to wish him well.

Special request!Grandpa Bill has a birthday coming up April 1st!!He loves receiving cards and letters! Not being able…

Gepostet von Jamie Lynn Yutzie am Donnerstag, 26. März 2020

Everyone was still stunned he survived, though it wasn’t a complete surprise given everything he’s already been through.

“Bill’s pretty resilient,” Jim Brown, Lapschies’ son-in-law, told KOIN.

Carloee Brown, Lapschies’ daughter, hopes her father’s recovery will bring some hope to others who might be currently fighting the virus.

“We hope that this will inspire some of the other people that are going through this.”

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