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Nation's oldest postal worker retires in I.E.

June 30, 2010 12:33:56 AM PDT
The nation's oldest postal worker, a 95-year-old from the Inland Empire, is retiring on Wednesday after 37 years of service.Chester Reed of Riverside will be turning in his forklift keys at his retirement celebration. Reed worked his last shift as a forklift operator and mail handler on Tuesday.

He said he never even considered retiring until recently.

"I credit a lot of it to what I eat and what I drink," Reed said. "That's why for 37 years, I never took for day leave."

Reed's coworkers at the postal distribution center in Redlands said he was a joy to work with and was never late.

"He was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, and we'd have to tell him to go home," said his supervisor Mary Brunkhorst.

Reed may be calling it quits from his job, but he's not slowing down any time soon. He's going to travel through Europe, and he also plans to head to Brazil in a few years to become the oldest hang glider in the Guinness Book of World Records.