April 16, 2011
It is with great sadness that we must report that at the age of 114 Years, 205 Days our Brother Walter Breuning was called to the Celestial Lodge at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, April 14, 2011. He had been a Master Mason for 85 Years, 333 Days. He was also a proud member of the Scottish Rite and Shrine.
Brother Walter received his degrees in Great Falls Lodge No. 118, Great Falls, Montana. He was initiated on March 7, 1925, passed on April 4, 1925 and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on May 16, 1925. He affiliated with Cascade Lodge No. 34, Great Falls, Montana on January 1, 1992. He had served as Secretary of Great Falls Lodge No. 118 from January 1, 1946 through December 31, 1968. W. Brother Breuning received the Meritorious Service Medal on June 24, 1993.
On September 21, 2010, the plainspoken Breuning turned 114 years old, remaining the oldest man in the world, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Brother Breuning was also verified as the fourth oldest person in the world.
W. Brother Breuning was born in the rural Minnesota town of Melrose and moved in 1918 to Great Falls, where he worked for the Great Northern Railway. His wife, a railroad telegraph operator from Butte named Agnes, died in 1957. She was a good cook, according to Breuning. The couple had no children.
Check out this video of our Brother: http://vimeo.com/5839161