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Deihl Boots (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Celebrating 102 years

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Deihl Boots marked two years past a century this week, celebrating his 102nd birthday Thursday at Heritage Manor.

"I smoked as a young man, but I didn't continue," he said simply of his longevity.

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Genetics may have come into play. His mom, Bertha Pritchard, lived to be just shy of 107, residing independently until moving to a nursing home at 104.

And diet and supplements, Boots' niece and caretaker Karen Day reports.

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