Indiana WWII vet asks for 100 cards on his 100th birthday


SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (WTHR) — Bethel Killman is hoping to turn his luck around on his 100th birthday.

The 99-year-old was diagnosed with a heart valve problem in April and given five months to live, WLKY reported. In September, he lost his wife.

Less than two weeks before he turns the big 1-0-0, the veteran's family is trying to cheer him up with a community-involved birthday.

“Bethel was feeling down about his prognosis last year, so I told him I would throw him a party for his 100th birthday," Steven Phillips, who dates Killman’s stepdaughter, told WLKY.

Phillips told Killman he was going to throw him a birthday party, which according to Phillips, Killman was thrilled about.

His 100th birthday party is being held at 2 p.m. on March 17 at Hardy Cafe on Main Street in Scottsburg. Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you’d like to send a birthday card, Killman’s address is:

Bethel Killman​, 966 Wilson Road, Scottsburg, IN 47170.