Gus Karozos celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends Saturday at The Greek Islands Restaurant.
Karozos was 12 when he immigrated to Warren, Ohio, with his parents and sister in 1929.
He enlisted in the Army during World War II and served as one of the first paratroopers of the 376th Field Artillery Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division. After the war, Karozos graduated from Ohio State University, where he met his future wife, Irene, now deceased.
In 1952 the Karozos settled in Homecroft, where they raised their children, Evelyn, Andy, Jim and Joan.
Gus says a good mental outlook toward life has been the key to his longevity. He credits his strong faith in God and his devotion to his children and grandchildren, who have given him life’s greatest joys.