Fairfield Man Celebrates 100 Years

Through Roy Mitchell's 100 years of life, he has developed a reputation as a humble, hardworking family man who loved everyone he came in contact with.

"He's definitely hard working and a very pious man, good guy all around," Roy's grandson, Aaron Mitchell, said.

All of Roy Mitchell's family members had matching T-shirts celebrating the century mark with their father, grandfather, and great grandfather. The T-shirts were a big surprise for Roy.

"That was a surprise to me, I didn't know they were going to do that," Mitchell said.

Roy is a World War II veteran, having served in Germany with the U.S. Army. He married his wife, Ruth, after he returned from war and they raised four children on his farm.

"We took a lot of trips, and we tried to take one every summer and just travel to the Black Hills or Yellowstone or places like that," said Roy's son Steve Mitchell.

His grandchildren remember Roy sharing his love for farming with them.

"When i was a kid we would come out here and spend like the week with him every summer and just come out and ride around on the tractors and things like that," said Matt Mitchell, another of Roy's grandsons.

Roy attributes his long life to years of clean living. He continues to stay active today, riding an exercise bike every morning. As Roy celebrated his 100 years of life, he reflected on the fruitful life he has seen and the loving family he has raised.

"This is beyond all my expectations," Mitchell said.