WWII veteran recovers from COVID-19 in time to celebrate 104th birthday

William Lapschies

A World War II veteran in Oregon is marking two big milestones this week, turning 104 years young and recovering from COVID-19.

William Lapschies lives in an assisted living home where at least 15 residents have tested positive for the virus.

Lapschies was diagnosed at the beginning of March, and his health went downhill after eight days. His family feared he might not make it, but they’re now celebrating his recovery as he gets better every day.

His son-in-law says he could be an inspiring example.

“We’re hoping this goes out to all the people out there who are sick and have this problem if Bill can survive this at 104, anybody can,” said Jim Brown, Lapschies’ son-in-law. “Step up, you can do it.”

Lapschies was asked how he felt on his 104th birthday. He responded – “Pretty good. I made it.”

The family is praising the veterans’ homeworkers for showing so much love and compassion during these difficult times.

The Oregonian/OregonLive was on hand at the hospital when Lapschies met his family in the courtyard common area to celebrate his birthday from a safe social distance. Read more about the inspiring veteran here.