Monday, December 6, 2021

A Young at Heart Volunteer

If you saw Bill Schlee working out at your gym, you would never guess his age. Bill turned 100 on January 25, 2012. Since retiring to Naples, Bill has volunteered with Collier Harvest and now with St. Vincent de Paul Society Naples District Council for the past four years, collecting baked goods from the local Publix for the Meals on Wheels program. When asked why he volunteers, Bill’s response is, “I am charity oriented. I feel like I should do some good for someone who doesn’t have as much as I do.”

Bill has had a full life. The father of two children, blessed with two grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Bill served in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1943-1946, and saw action in the European Theater of Operations in England, France and Belgium as well as the Battle of the Bulge in December 1945. Bill is a recipient of the French Foreign Legion Medal of Honor for participation in the Libration of France.

For the past 30 years, Bill works out in a gym three days a week doing cardio and strength training. He credits volunteering, working out, and enjoying life as the secret to his longevity. Happy 100th Birthday, Bill.

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