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Forschler retires from Thayer Post office

Thursday, July 8, 2004

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Tom Forschler and Paula Kirby
THAYER -- Thayer postal carrier Tom Forschler began his career at the Thayer Post Office upon the retirement of Mike Eckard some 30 years ago. "I began as a carrier on Route 2 June 26, 30 years ago," he said. Forschler recalls like it was yesterday. He said the position came open when Eckard retired. He went to West Plains and took the test for the job and was hired. He transferred to Route 1 in 1976, and Route 1 is where he will retire from. He became a regular, full-time carrier in 1985.

"I have been blessed with good people to work with and help me and good people on my route. I will miss them," he said during a get-together at the post office July 1.

Thayer Postmaster Paula Kirby presented Forschler with a 30-year Service Award pin and a Service Award certificate, telling him and the Thayer Post Office employees, "I will miss Tom."

Fellow employees surprised the retiree with the special gift of a Cardinals baseball game in August. He and two guests of his choice will travel to St. Louis to watch the Cardinals and the Pirates.

"In some ways, this, (retirement) has come very quickly, and in some ways very slow. It feels pretty good right now," Forschler said.

Forschler lives in Thayer. He graduated from Thayer High School in 1965. He has four children, T.J. lives in Ozark, Mo.; Lucas lives in Seattle, Wash.; Tara lives in Ozark, Mo., and his youngest daughter, Autumn, lives in Thayer.

Forschler did not give ant specifics regarding his retirement plans. He said he was going to be doing some things he had not had time for in the past. He said he is sure he will enjoy his retirement.



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