‘I love what I do’

USPS employees

Emory Townsend has been delivering mail on his highway contract route out of Somerset, CO, for almost 60 years.

His route takes him over the river and through the woods — and over a few mountain passes, too.

Townsend’s route runs two days a week. It’s 100 miles serving about 30 customers on large ranches in western Colorado.

The 93-year-old has no plans to retire.

“I love what I do, and I love my customers,” Townsend said.

When he began his postal career, a gallon of gasoline cost 24 cents, fueling his 1947 CJ 2A Jeep. Townsend retired the Jeep long ago and today drives an SUV.

He also has delivered mail by snowmobile.

Friends, co-workers and three generations of customers gathered last week to celebrate his ongoing service. A local newspaper covered the ceremony.

“He has a great work ethic and is a great carrier,” said Paonia, CO, Postmaster Kyla Vasicko. “He is a joy to be around.”