Retirement Home Helps Minnesota Man Celebrate 106th Birthday

CBS News | Written by: Allen Henry | March 7, 2023

Floyd Skinner 106 years old birthday
Born in 1917, Floyd Skinner turned 106 years old. At his Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley senior residence, a big birthday party was held in Skinner's honor.

APPLE VALLEY, MN (March 7, 2023) — Born in 1917, Floyd Skinner has lived through two world wars, two pandemics and now, 106 birthdays.

“Oh, that’s pretty wonderful, alright. But I can’t hardly handle it,” Floyd said.

Floyd was born near the Iowa border in Walters, Minnesota, doing his duty on the family farm before serving his country and traveling the world.

“I milked my cows, same as every farmer,” Floyd said.

“Gas was 14 cents a gallon when he was born, which is absurd in itself, yet he’s a veteran and he’s served in World War II,” said Mary Walters, executive director at Ecumen Seasons in Apple Valley.

Tuesday, his retirement home held a “Floyd Fest” to celebrate his life.

“Wearing yellow as his favorite color. We have these buttons on to honor him and all the residents and team members got one. And then we’re serving cake, having an accordion player,” Walters  said.

Also carefully hidden around the home were 106 pictures of Floyd to honor his love of photography, and to spread a little more of what they call “the joy of Floyd.”

“I have never seen a 106 year old, and someone so healthy and vibrant, too,” Walters said. “He has such a positive outlook on life and he’s very inspirational. So, we’re happy to celebrate that.” 

Despite the mileage he’s put in during his lifetime, when it comes to the secret to a long, healthy life, Floyd was a man of few words.

“I always tell ’em, ‘keep breathing,’ and that shuts them up,” Floyd said.

Floyd also received a certificate from the mayor of Apple Valley to honor and celebrate his birthday.

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About Ecumen

Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit