Howard Garst, a longtime resident of the Hollywood section of Brookfield, celebrated his 100th birthday in style last month.
Apart from a flock of pink flamingos, which showed up on his front lawn to mark the occasion, family, friends and neighbors gathered at a surprise party in his honor on Saturday, Oct. 24, and an open house on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Among those in attendance were his daughters, Cindy Ohlrich and Peg Terhune; his granddaughter, Kate Maleski; his grandson, Josh Graham; and his son-in-law. Bob Terhune, along with nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and others.
Deborah Sitter, Garst’s next-door neighbor, staged the surprise birthday party on Oct. 24 and presented him with a birthday cake. The party was attended by 32 of Garst’s neighbors.
Garst officially turned 100 on Oct. 26.
A resident of Brookfield since 1950, Garst served in World War II and was part of the occupying forces in Japan after the war, where he was stationed as a guard at Sugamo prison. He personally guarded Gen. Hideki Tojo, Japan’s prime minister who ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and Iva Toguri, better known to GIs at Tokyo Rose, an American citizen who served time in prison for treason after the war but was pardoned by President Gerald Ford in 1977.
After the war, Garst got an accounting degree and worked for 27 years as treasurer of the AAMED medical supply company.