2012-05-30 / Front Page

Bruce Lynch Of Gosport Retires After 34 Years Of Delivering Mail

Staff Report

Bruce Lynch, a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, sorts mail inside the Gosport Post Office on Friday morning. The now retired Lynch embarked on his final 75-mile postal route on Saturday. (Staff Photo) Bruce Lynch, a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, sorts mail inside the Gosport Post Office on Friday morning. The now retired Lynch embarked on his final 75-mile postal route on Saturday. (Staff Photo) Bruce Lynch, the longest tenured carrier in Gosport with 34 years of service, completed his final postal route on Saturday for residents of Wayne, Montgomery, Taylor and Harrison townships.

Lynch said his time on the route was stereotypical of a postal carrier, noting he encountered his fare share of dogs, bees, wasps and snakes through the years.

“I’ve delivered chickens and bees. A guy who lives along my route has quails, so he mails out eggs all of the time,” Lynch noted.”

The veteran mailman’s 75-mile route led him north of State Road 67 out of Gosport to U.S. 231 and just south of Paragon and Quincy, six days a week, whether rain, snow, sleet or hail.

“As with many Owen County roads, occasionally you have to deal with the river,” Lynch said. “But I don’t have it as bad as some of the other guys, I only have about four or five miles of detour when the river is out, while some guys have 20 or 30 miles of detour. I’ll miss the people, they’re like my extended family. I’ve watched a lot of kids grow up and move away.”

Along with constant changes within the U.S. Postal Service, Lynch cites the volume of mail and alterations to his daily tasks as reasons to call it a career after 34 years.

“I haven’t really thought about (retirement),” Lynch said while sorting his daily delivery on Friday morning. “So many things have changed in the last year; the volume of mail is changing, packages are changing, and we’re being asked to do more. I just feel like it’s my time to get out and move on.”

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