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Lifelong Evansville man celebrates 105th birthday

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Elmer Voight was in good spirits today, joking at times that he was turning 135. He was actually celebrating his 105th birthday and had two cakes to prove it.

He was happy to see his family had come from Indianapolis and some from Tennessee to share in his birthday.  

As a lifelong Evansville resident, Elmer went to the old Central High School and Bosse High School. He married his wife Helen when he was just 19-years-old and went to work in the mail room at the Hercules Buggy Company.

The two were married 72 years before Helen passed away in 1998. His two daughters say he wheels himself around the residence visiting with friends and enjoys his time.  

"Everybody around here tells me that he's always been fun to be around, he's always got a smile on his face, he thanks everybody for everything they do for him, he's made lots of friends here. He has a sign on the door that says 'Elmer's room' because he kind of gets in the wrong room occasionally," Jane Cates said. 

Today he remembered the tomatoes he grew in his vegetable garden. Jane says he brought them to his wife when she was at the nursing home and took care of the garden until he was 93.

Elmer lived on his own until just three years ago. His daughters say it isn't surprising because he's always been very independent.

"He's always been the one to take care of us, we didn't have to do a lot for him, he was always very self-sufficient," Jane said.

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