Nation's Oldest Postal Worker Retires

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After nearly 40 years on the job, the nation's oldest postal worker has punched in for a final time.

Ninety-five-year old Chester Reed has worked faithfully as a forklift operator and mail handler for the past 37 years. It was a position he never took lightly.

"For 37-years I never took a day of sick-leave," said the Redland, Calif., senior. Reed retired June 30 with 3,856 hours of unused sick time.

"He was working 12-hours a day, six-days a week. And we'd have to tell him to go home. He'd go 'I can't leave Mary, I still have work to do. I can't go home.' I'd say, 'Chester, go home!" Reed's supervisor, Mary Brunkhorst, recalled.

"I'm more or less a biblical scholar," he told NPR News. "I try to follow the Bible as much as I can. And the Bible says in there there's a time for everything. There's a time to work, there's a time to play, there's a time to dance, time to cry and all that stuff. And I said, 'Well, it's time for me to retire.'"
Reed said now that he's retired he plans to travel through Europe. He also wants to visit Brazil and break the world record as the oldest hang glider.          

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