Dan Dipert, resident at Southridge Village Assisted Living of Conway, turned 99 years old this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Dan was the owner and operator of Coffee Dan’s restaurant in Damascus, Ark. It ran for 40 years, started in 1937.

When asked how he felt about turning 99, Dan said, "I’m grateful because I have lived a long wonderful life with my wife, Nell Dipert."

Nell passed away January 2013.

Dan also stated he was in the military for five years where they sent him to military cook and bake school. This is how he became a Mess Sgt. Which is in charge of the kitchen. He said he was sent from CCC camp to another and was Colonel Grover C. Graham personal cook.

Throughout the years, Dan and his wife celebrated his birthday and Valentine’s Day with Nell making him a heart-shaped cake in different flavors each year.

Dan said his first valentine he ever gave his wife was in 1934. It was a heart shaped box of chocolates that cost $1.00, but "back then a dollar was a lot of money," he said.