Park Ranger, 81, Ready to Call It Quits

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago September 07, 2013 Sep 7, 2013 Saturday, September 07 2013 Saturday, September 07, 2013 11:28:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

WAPPAPELLO - The oldest park ranger in the Army Corps of Engineers' St. Louis District is bringing his career to a close despite the reluctance of co-workers who don't want to see him go.

The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reports that 81-year-old Ira Tucker is retiring after 26 years at Lake Wappapello in southeast Missouri, one of many jobs he has held.

Tucker's association with Wappapello started long before his work there. He was a 9-year-old boy in 1941 when he attended the dedication of Wappapello Dam on a hot July day.

Colleagues and others who know Tucker praise his hard work, dedication and positive attitude.

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