- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) - Out for a walk? Oh, Tom Nauta has done that more than a few times. He retired Friday after 52 years as a mail carrier in the Grand Rapids area.

Since 1989, he’s delivered letters and more in Wyoming, a city near Grand Rapids. He told WOOD-TV (https://bit.ly/1jY4MN8 ) that he’s seen the family cycle on his route - kids growing up, leaving the house and sometimes returning.

Post office manager Jay Mullennix said Nauta was dependable and inspiring. He described him as an employee “you can really count on.”

“Fifty-two years, never late, never calls in sick,” Mullennix said. “He’s just been a model employee, a great man for our company.”

Mail apparently is in his genes. A son, Kevin, has delivered mail for 20 years, although Nauta doesn’t think he’ll reach 52.

Nauta said he and his wife plan to garden, visit garage sales and generally “have a good time.” Still, he can’t help but be a little wistful at the completion of a half-century of appointed rounds.

“I’m going to miss it - I’m going to miss the camaraderie with people,” he said. “I told them this would be my last run and people have been really outpouring to me because I’ve pretty much been on time and they kind of look for me and it’ll be different I’m sure.”

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Information from: WOOD-TV, https://www.woodtv.com

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