A World War II veteran who is the oldest person working for the state of Indiana has decided that it is finally time for him to retire. He has worked as a surveyor, gathering field data for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, for about 6 decades.
Bob Vollmer is 102 years old.
"I guess your body tells you when it's time to go," Vollmer told WXIN-TV. "Doctors tell me that's one reason I'm still going. I got good lungs."
Excerpt from AP's profile:
Vollmer said he plans to spend his retirement devoting himself to reading and farming. He also plans to take trips to some of the South Pacific islands he was on during his wartime service with the U.S. Navy. Vollmer enlisted in the Navy after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, according to a state announcement in 2016, when Gov. Eric Holcomb awarded him a Sagamore of the Wabash — one of Indiana's highest honors.
After the war, Vollmer graduated from Purdue University with a degree in biological and agricultural engineering in 1952. He then worked for the Wabash Valley Association on reservoir and flood control projects before coming to work for the DNR.
During his DNR career, the tools of the surveying trade evolved from paper and pencil to high-tech gear such as a handheld GPS device.
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