Dewey Ludemann spent his last day on the Bonesteel and Fairfax mail routes Tuesday, April 30. After 35 years, Ludemann has decided to retire and will park his final mail car for good.
Ludemann started with the United States Postal Service in November of 1984 (when stamps cost just 20 cents a piece) and worked as a replacement carrier for 7 years. It was in November of 1991 that he began as a “regular,” driving 2/3 of the Bonesteel routes and all of Fairfax.
In his 35 years, Ludemann went through a total of 16 mail cars. ”The cheapest car I bought was just $850,” he recalls, “and I put over 50,000 miles on it.” An even more impressive number is the 375,000 miles he got out of another vehicle, and proud to say he was only pulled out with a tractor 3 times over his long career.
Rena Grim, Postmaster from the Burke Post Office presented Ludemann with an official
USPS Service Award on his last day of work Tuesday.
Ludemann says he doesn’t have big plans yet for his retirement, but will start off by spending
more time with his grandkids. Congratulations to Dewey and thank you for your 35 years of service.
Dewey Ludemann, pictured at left, is presented with an official Service Award from the USPS. The award was presented to Dewey by Rena Grim, Postmaster at the Burke Post Office, who oversees the Bonesteel and Fairfax locations.