Sunday, July 15, 2012
On Hatteberg's People, what will you be doing when you are 100? Working probably isn't at the top of the list. Well, then, meet Loren Wade who will be turning 100 in a few days. He is the oldest worker in Kansas and may be the oldest worker Wal-Mart has ever employed worldwide.
"Well, I just like to keep busy, I need something to do. I don't want to set around," said Wade.
Loren Wade has worked at the Wal-Mart on the south edge of Winfield for 21 years.
You'll find Loren everywhere from loading merchandise, sometimes on the floor for those hard to reach items, to tearing down displays - where ever he's needed, he's there.
"It's awesome, he's an awesome man. I've known Loren for a long time and he's a hard worker and he does what he needs to do and the customer's love him," said Kim Sanderson, Wal-Mart employee
Growing up in Winfield, I knew Loren. He's been around this town most of his life. His family pictures reflect that past. A past that includes a war and the usual scars that everyday life brings. But he had no idea, that at 100 years old, he'd still be working.
"I never gave it a thought either, I just kept working, but now I know I'm not going to last forever," said Wade.
"The thing about Loren - he always comes to you and wants something to do and if his main supervisor isn't out there, he'll come and track you down and look for something to do. So, it's great to have somebody that old working for you and taking the initiative to get stuff done," said Jeremy Badley, Wal-Mart employee.
"A lady came in here the other day and wanted to know why I was still working, why don't you retire. Well, I just like to be here and have something to do," said Wade.
Last month, Loren received an award by the Kansas Department of Commerce as the oldest working Kansan.
"I'm not lying around the house. I'm doing something and accomplishing something," said Wade.
Wal-Mart Corporate can't confirm if Loren is the oldest employee of their 2.1 million world-wide. But if he isn't, he's awfully close.
"My working has contributed to my still being around," he said. "It's really fun, really."
This doesn't happen often and when it does it makes news. Loren wade of winfield is still working at Wal-mart at 100 years old. His actual birthday is the 25th of this month, and yes, there will be a party.