A World War II veteran from Roseburg celebrated his 100th birthday in style Thursday, complete with beer and pizza from his favorite spot.

John Couch, along with many of his fellow housemates and caretakers, were treated to a full parade around Bridgewood Rivers Assisted Living on Northwest Garden Valley Boulevard Wednesday.

The procession included the Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department, the Roseburg Army National Guard Charlie Company and other entities to help Couch celebrate his own personal centennial.

Teresa Courtney, executive director of Bridgewood Rivers, said Wednesday's event came as quite the surprise.

"He thoroughly enjoyed it," Courtney said. "There were several residents and staff out watching it. Staff came in early to see it. We were just getting teary-eyed. It was quite something."

Courtney said a friend of Couch's, Cathy Young, had arranged for Wednesday's parade, which was followed Thursday by Logger's Pizza and a cold libation.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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