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Laura Threewitt, of Mokena, helps her father, Don DeKraker, celebrate his 100th birthday at Evergreen Senior Living in Orland Park. Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media
Laura Threewitt, of Mokena, watches as Don DeKraker, an Evergreen Senior Living resident, gets ready to blow out the candles on his 100th birthday cake Nov. 5 during a celebration at the Orland Park facility. Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media
Jason Maholy, Freelance Reporter
9:02 am CST November 14, 2017
Don DeKraker has seen a lot in his life on Earth. Born in 1917, DeKraker was alive at the tail end of World War I and was in his formative years during The Great Depression.