ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Rockford man will ring in the new year another year older... 101 years older, that is.
Philip Samuelson was born and raised in Rockford. He was a design engineer for specialty machine shops and was also in the Coast Guard. Family members tell 23 News they believe they know the secret to why Samuelson has reached over 100.
"Even long after he retired, he was always up first thing in the morning and active all day," said Dale Samuelson, a relative.
Samuelson and his wife have four children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.