Kingman's Walker celebrates birthday No. 102

If he has a secret to a long life, he isn't telling

Kieth Walker sitting on the porch at White Cliffs Senior Living center on Wednesday afternoon, enjoying the warm weather. (RYAN ABELLA/Miner)

Kieth Walker sitting on the porch at White Cliffs Senior Living center on Wednesday afternoon, enjoying the warm weather. (RYAN ABELLA/Miner)

KINGMAN - When Kieth Walker talked to the Miner in 2013 during his 100th birthday party, he said that he has had a good life and hopes to live a lot longer.

Two years later, Walker is still going. Business as usual.

Still, celebrating a 102nd birthday isn't something many people get to do.

The employees at White Cliffs Senior Living, 3600 Peterson Road in Kingman, are throwing a party for Walker at 2:30 p.m. today and the public is invited.

Walker was born in 1913 in Nelson, Neb., but spent most of his childhood in Republic, Kan. He grew up and graduated from high school during the Great Depression and lived through the Dust Bowl, and spent 68 years living in Imperial Valley, Calif.

Walker retired as road grader for the Imperial Valley Road Department in 1978 and has enjoyed his retirement since then. He moved to Kingman a few years ago after his son and daughter retired here, and has resided at White Cliffs since they opened.

In his 102 years, Walker has seen a lot of changes in the world. Sitting outside the senior living home, enjoying the warm weather, Walker talked about getting a car for the first time.

"When I was a little kid, we had no car. It was a horse and buggy. I can remember when my dad got his 1921 Buick," said Walker.

Walker didn't have much advice for those looking to live to 102.

"I just kept going, living one day at a time," he said. "I never changed my lifestyle for anything. I just lived like everybody else did."

For more information on Walker's party, contact Michelle Taylor at White Cliffs Senior Living at (928) 681-1058.