- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois resident recognized as the oldest man in the U.S. has died at 110.

The Rockford Register Star (https://bit.ly/1JQe1am ) reports C. Conrad Johnson died Tuesday. The director of the funeral home handling Johnson’s arrangements also confirmed his death.

The Swedish-born Johnson worked as a carpenter and lived in Rockford most of his life.

On his 109th birthday, he told the Register Star, “I feel good and I haven’t been sick for a long, long time.” But he suffered a stroke a few months later.

The Rev. Jane McChesney of Tabor Lutheran Church knew Johnson. She described him as smart, good-humored, “a self-made man” and “very giving.”

Senior database administrator for the national Gerontology Research Group, Robert Young, says Johnson was the oldest verified American man. Several women are older.

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