Albert Keeder, veteran and Weirtonite, celebrates 100th

WEIRTON – Albert Keeder, World War II veteran, celebrated his 100th birthday July 15 with fellow residents of Freedom Place 1.

Residents presented Keeder with a birthday cake and sang “Happy Birthday.”

“My teeth are gone, and my hearing is gone but we are all here so let’s enjoy the party,” said Keeder.

He shared that his brother-in-law from California told him years ago the secret to long life is eating lots of bacon. Accompanied by his younger sister Shirley Bailey and her husband Chuck, he spoke with many fellow residents and received cards and gifts.

Many spoke of Keeder as a loving, caring, and giving man and an avid reader.

Keeder was born in Toronto, Ohio, in 1914 and served in Gen. George Patton’s Third Army Railroad Operating Battalion in the European theater. He spent most of his life living in Weirton and working as a carpenter.

Keeder has four great-great-great grandchildren.