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Oldest living World War II veteran, 110, may lose his home in his final days: Vet in desperate rush to raise cash so he can stay in property he built himself 60 years ago

Oldest WWII veteran raises money to save his home

  • Richard Overton is believed to be the oldest living World War II veteran 
  • The 110-year-old wants to live his final days in the home he built himself 
  • The veteran's family has set up a GoFundMe page to keep him in his home instead of a nursing home  

The man believed to be the oldest living World War II veteran has put out an appeal to raise money to live his final days in his home. 

Richard Overton, 110, has lived in his Austin, Texas house since he returned from the war in 1945.

But the super-centenarian, who has outlived his closest relatives, is in need of a caregiver so he can spend his last days in the house he built himself, instead of living in a nursing home. 

Richard Overton, believed to be the oldest living World War II veteran at 110 years old, is raising money to live his final days in his home 

Richard Overton, believed to be the oldest living World War II veteran at 110 years old, is raising money to live his final days in his home 

Overton said he built the house himself in 1945 after he returned from the war, but is now asking for funds to pay for a in-home caregiver instead of moving into an assisted living facility

Overton said he built the house himself in 1945 after he returned from the war, but is now asking for funds to pay for a in-home caregiver instead of moving into an assisted living facility

Overton had previously lived with a friend who took care of him, but eventually the 90-year-old woman became in need of care herself, Richard's third cousin Volma Overton told CNBC

Richard served as a sergeant in the US army during the second world war, and tried to obtain assistance from the Veteran Affairs as he aged, but his family said the agency was only able to provide a nurse for three hours or move him into a care home. 

However, Richard's only close surviving relatives chose to honor his wishes as they said moving him out of his home will likely 'put him in the grave.'  

After realizing an in-home caregiver can cost up to $480 per day, Volma created a GoFundMe page to raise money to give Richard the around-the-clock care he needs.  

Still looking good: Overton volunteered for service in 1942 (left) and served in the South Pacific until 1945.
Now 110  (right) he likes to sip whiskey and smoke cigars

Still looking good: Overton volunteered for service in 1942 (left) and served in the South Pacific until 1945. Now 110  (right) he likes to sip whiskey and smoke cigars

Richard Overton and two of his cousins enjoying cigars on the porch of his Texas home in 2015

Richard Overton and two of his cousins enjoying cigars on the porch of his Texas home in 2015

With the help of kind strangers and friends, the page smashed its $50,000 goal in its first two days, and now more than $88,000 have been raised after hiking the goal to $100,000. 

The super-centernarian was honored at the Tomb of the Uknowns on Veterans Day in Arlington, Virginia in 2013 (pictured) 

The super-centernarian was honored at the Tomb of the Uknowns on Veterans Day in Arlington, Virginia in 2013 (pictured) 

The World War II army sergeant will be under the care of Volma and another close friend until he reaches his target. 

Richard, who was stunned to see nearly 2,000 people have donated for his welfare, said he plans to accept donations until he reaches enough funds to cover him for a year.

'That house has so much to do with his happiness, his joy and his love for humanity and everything else,' Overton told the news station.    

'He just needs someone around him just in case he falls to pick him up and make sure he's not hurt.' he said.

Richard Overton has been honored by President Obama and was visited by Texas Governor Rick Perry on Memorial Day 2013. 

The 110-year-old, who has been known to have an affinity for whiskey and cigars, was featured in Cigar Aficionado magazine in 2015, and has claimed tobacco 'and God' is his secret to a long life. 

Obama's emotional 2013 tribute to veteran Richard Overton

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Comment by gina gene on January 25, 2017 at 7:33am
God bless him, thats wounderful he is still living !
Comment by Debra A Baugh De Baptiste on January 22, 2017 at 2:29pm

His relatives hv lives of their own and probably don't hv the funds 2 take of the $480 a day 2 care 4 him around da clock...where is humanity these days & love...God says love one another...we're all gonna get old & die...he should be allowed 2 live his last days in a home HE built...PEACE & BLESSINGS 2 US ALL in God's grace mercy peace & love

Comment by tourcha on January 22, 2017 at 10:00am
They can set up a go fund me page but they cant take care of him....crazy

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