WILD THING: 106-year-old Dexter Kruger took a Harley Davidson to church on Sunday as a birthday present from his grandson Daryl.
WILD THING: 106-year-old Dexter Kruger took a Harley Davidson to church on Sunday as a birthday present from his grandson Daryl. Tom Gillespie

Roma residents Dexter and Olive celebrate 106 years of life

PINAROO residents Dexter Kruger and Olive Reade might have turned 106 within a week of each other, but how they celebrated it couldn't have been more different.

While Ms Reade sat down to a lovely traditional luncheon with friends and family on Sunday morning, Mr Kruger decided to go to church - on a Harley Davidson.

The birthday present was supplied by his grandson Daryl, with dozens of friends and family gathering around to watch him drive off.

But Mr Kruger said it was not that long ago that he was on a motorbike.

"It wasn't even that long ago - it was about 2006 on one of those four-wheelers," he said.

"We owned a 13,000 acre property and I helped my son and grandson with the mustering.

"I was chopping down trees at 96."

Daryl joked his grandfather would be close to the first 106-year-old in south-west Queensland to go to church on a motorcycle.

He said Mr Kruger's experience and wisdom was called upon from his hometown of Kilcoy.

"When the Historical Society in Kilcoy want to know some info about the distant past, they ring him up and talk to him," he said.

Ms Reade might be taking it easy with her birthday celebrations, but her nephew Lyn Hornick said lived a tough life working on the family property Ridgelands about 50 years ago.

"She's worked hard for 55 years," he said.

"As a young lad I used to come up for the holidays; I'd get off at Roma and hop on the 'Injune Flyer'.

"I remember she lived with just a kerosene lamp on her own, because there was no electricity."

 

Pinaroo resident Olive Reade celebrated her 106th birthday alongside fellow resident Dexter Kruger, where she got a visit from mayor Robert Loughnan.
Pinaroo resident Olive Reade celebrated her 106th birthday alongside fellow resident Dexter Kruger, where she got a visit from mayor Robert Loughnan. Tom Gillespie

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