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Centenarian: Kent Collings of Spokane Valley celebrates 100th birthday

Kent J. Collings is a Spokane Valley resident. He celebrates his 100th birthday Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. (Courtesy photo)
Kent J. Collings is a Spokane Valley resident. He celebrates his 100th birthday Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. (Courtesy photo)

Kent J. Collings

Spokane Valley

Kent J. Collings celebrated his 100th birthday Saturday.

Born Oct. 1, 1916, in Cleveland, Collings lives at the Orchard Crest Retirement Community in Spokane Valley and has lived in Eastern Washington for 13 years.

Collings met his first wife, Ruth, in college, and the pair married in 1936. They were married for 70 years. He met his second wife, Lorraine, at Orchard Crest. They have been married since 2012.

Collings was in the U.S. Army for 25 years and served in World War II, Korea and Taiwan. He then spent 24 years at the University of Portland as a professor and dean. He also has a doctorate in business administration.

His most memorable moment in history from the past 100 years was when the atom bomb was dropped on Japan.

Collings credits his long and healthy life to good treatment from both of his wives.

He has three children: Larry Collings, of Anacortes, Washington; Judy Schmidt-Gray, of Spokane; and Homer Carroll, of New York. He also has six granddaughters and eight grandchildren.

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