Rushford World War II veteran celebrates 96th birthday, overcomes COVID-19
Rushford Minnesota community gives Luther "Lupy" Myhro a socially distant celebration
RUSHFORD, Minn. (WKBT) – A Rushford man, and World War II veteran, shares his 96th birthday on Pearl Harbor Day. His service and his resolve go far beyond his former uniform.
Monday, Americans honored those who sacrificed more than any thank you will repay.
A date Rushford’s Luther Myhro, who people know as Lupy, remembers as clear as the day he heard the news.
“We drove into town and then we heard it on the radio a little bit later,” Myhro said.
Pearl Harbor shook the world the day Myhro turned 17, also turning a corner in his life.
“Then I was called up for drafting,” Myhro said.
He is remarkably humble about his time spent in the Navy.
“I was never on the front lines,” Myhro said.
The community took a pandemic-approach to wish him well.
“Dad is kind of a legend in the community everybody knows him,” Luther’s son Steve Myhro said.
A member of the Rushford Legion for 70 years, a volunteer, and a father, his service to the people who love him most could write its own story. He’s not a bad bowler either.
“Got 290 but I never got 300,” Myhro said.
His resolve was measured when he didn’t feel up to a round of golf one Saturday.
“They discovered that I was touched with COVID-19,” he said.
The virus didn’t touch his lungs something his doctors say saved his life.
“At my age, the odds are not very good at making it, but I fooled ’em,” Myhro said with a smile.
COVID-19 could not stop another birthday with his family and life long friends.
Myhro doesn’t know everyone, but they know him. He even got a surprise visit from Jerry Williams, his Freedom Honor Flight guide and former superintendent for the Rochester School District.
“That’s so cool he showed up that’s fun,” Steve Myhro said.
Small towns have a knack for coming up large to give a man a party like nothing he’s seen in 96 years.
Nonetheless, it’s the best party on the block.
“That’s pretty nice,” Myhro said. “I really appreciate that.”
Myhro walks about a mile every day to get his strength back from the virus. He said he thinks it’s working.