Jack Myers of Diakon Senior Living - Hagerstown skydives for 90th birthday

Jumping 'feet-first' to celebrate 'big-deal' birthday

Hagerstown, Md. Tuesday July 16, 2013

By the time you reach 90, your birthdays likely are celebratory, but also perhaps a bit low-key, which some may say is befitting a person of that age.

Jack Myers disagrees.

A cottage resident on the Ravenwood campus of Diakon Senior Living – Hagerstown, Md., Myers decided to mark his 90th birthday by strapping on a parachute, jumping out of an airplane, and floating to the ground far below.

"I’ve always been a daredevil, but this is something I never did ...."

"About a month before my birthday (June 17), I got to thinking that 90 is a pretty big deal and I ought to mark this milestone in a special way. I’ve always been a daredevil, but this is something I never did," he says.

"I’m in good shape; my health is good. I play tennis and golf every week," he adds. "I figured since the instructor has done this thousands of times, I could do it at least once. What an experience!"

Jack Myers, Diakon Senior Living - Hagerstown, with feet firmly back on the ground.

Jack Myers, Diakon Senior Living - Hagerstown, with feet firmly back on the ground.

 

Waiting for Myers on the ground, along with family, were two busloads of friends from Diakon Senior Living – Hagerstown. Myers is beloved there and all around Hagerstown. A past winner of a local Senior Idol competition, he entertains as "Grandpa Jack," singing, dancing and telling stories. He often writes letters to local newspaper editors, sharing wisdom gained from a lifetime of experiences.

In fact, he says his has been "a wonderful life." One of 13 children, he grew up during the Depression and later served in World War II. With the help of the GI bill after the war, he learned to upholster furniture and then moved into furniture sales, a career in which he flourished for more than 50 years. He and his late wife, Kate, were married 69 years and reared three sons.

His extended family spans five generations of grand- and great-grandchildren, some of whom traveled from other states to see his skydive firsthand, which took place at the Chambersburg Skydiving Center in Chambersburg, Pa.

One may wonder what he will have in store for his 91st birthday.

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