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Olav Hovatn
Olav Hovatn
Birth: 23 October 1892
Froland, Aust-Agder, Norway
Death: 26 April 2003
Froland, Aust-Agder, Norway
Age: 110 years, 185 days
Country: NorwayNOR
Validated

Olav (Ole) Hovatn (23 October 1892 – 26 April 2003) was a validated Norwegian supercentenarian who at the age of 110 was Norway's oldest living man.

Biography

Olav Hovatn was born in Froland, Aust-Agder, Norway, on 23 October 1892. There, he married in 1917. In working life, Hovatn worked as a timber floater and sheep farmer in Froland. In 1907, he saw a car for the first time in his life and it took him until 1964 to buy his first car.

He became a widower in 1973 when his 79-year-old wife, Ingeborg, passed away. Since then, aged 81 until he was 108, he stayed home alone at the farm in Froland. Then he thought it was time to move on to a retirement home. In 1999, Hovatn received the stamp "fitness general" from NTB, a Norwegian press agency, because he led the senior gym.

Hovatn's secret to longevity was living a healthy life (he never smoked or drank alcohol) and his heritage (his mother died at 87 and his father at 84). He left a number of descendants, including a daughter of 85 years. He was the father of nine children, grandfather of 17 and great-grandfather to 32.

Hovatn got ill just before Easter and died in a hospital in Froland, Aust-Agder, Norway on 26 April 2003 at 8:55 PM at the age of 110 years, 185 days. He is the second-oldest Norwegian male ever after Herman Smith-Johannsen.

References


Norway's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Padderud • Nils Monsen Slaire • Karen Thorsen • Mathias Hansen Saether • Vilhelmine Olsen • Marie Olsen • Gjertrud Aas • Madli Bjoerkenes • Synnoeve Gundersen • Ellen Hoddoe • Beret Esp • Kristine Fredriksen • Ingeborg Time • Hans Aasegg • Tomine Seland • Martha Eike • Olav Holtan • Hulda Lie • Ludvig Froeysland • Karl Holm • Ingebrigt Johansen • Inga Nilsen • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Maren Bolette Torp • Aasne Hustveit • Erik Arnegaard • Klara Joergensen • Inga Storstenvik • Lydianna Endresen • Ella Hagen • Laura Svehaug • Amund Vermedal • Karen Svisdal • Herborg Tjoflot • Olav Hovatn • Harriet Holm • Borghild Nilsen • Anna Gundersen • Asborg Aarli • Ingeborg Thuen • Inger Buchholdt • Emma Bendiksen • Gunda Harangen • Ida Sofie Hanssen • Gudrun Onshuus • Helene Nilsen • Kristi Oektedalen • Ragndid Slotfeldt-Ellingsen • Elisabet Ekenaes • Ragnhild HaugenTorbjorn OverboMarie AndersenPetra HogetveitGudrun NymoenGunhild Lyse


Norway's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Thrond Olsen • Nils Monsen Sleire • Mathias Hansen Saether • Erik H Boerset • Hans Peter Jacobsen • Anders Stenehjem • Johan Saanum • Andreas Sandberg • Gulbrand Morterud • Hans Felde • Erik Berg • Engebret Hatten • Kleng Skeie • Hans Asegg • Wilhelm Pedersen • Henrik Maeland • Olav Holtan • Anders Odegaard • Isak Aarhus • Ludvig Froeysland • Karl Holm • Ingebrigt Johansen • Anton Jakobsen • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Petter Iversen • Erik Arnegaard • Arnt Sundli • Tjolstolv Saetre • Sigvart Eide • Ole Svartas • Arne Olaisen • Severin Fosse • Amund Vermedal • Odd Oeyeflaten • Johannes Fosse • Olav Hovatn • Karl Doelven • Alfred Ihlen • Joergen Rustad • Helge Fjeldstad • Haakon Skoien • Jakob Gunnes • Thorvald Netteland • Birger Synsvoll • Carl Falck • Torbjorn Overbo • George Nygaard • Hjalmar Gregersen • Alf JohansenRoar GulbrandsenAlf OlsenVidar Eide

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