Wakeman resident Leroy Stober retired recently after 38 years with Nationwide Insurance.
A 1959 graduate of New London High School, Stober was raised in the Clarksfield area and met his wife, the former Beverly Timbs, a 1961 graduate of Western Reserve, through the Grange.
They were married in June of 1968, and it was in December of the same year Stober became a Nationwide agent and started a career that has spanned almost four decades.
Stober said he decided to retire because when he turned 65 because "I didn't want to continue working 65 hours a week."
Beverly worked in the business for 38 years, doing the filing and filling in when Stober was out of the office. "You can just say the phones never went unanswered," she said.
Besides serving the Wakeman area as an insurance agent, Stober was involved in a multitude of community service activities, as was Beverly, and they will continue these pursuits.
Both are active members of the Wakeman Grange, the Wakeman Congregational UCC Church and the Wakeman American Legion and Auxiliary.
Stober is a member of the Firelands Shrine Club and the Masons and is secretary of the Western Reserve Ruritan Club.
He served 20 years on the Huron County Board of Elections and Beverly has been a poll worker for 36 years. She also is treasurer of the Western Reserve Endowment Fund and a member of Beta Sigma Phi.
In addition to keeping up with these organizations and activities, the Stobers want to do some traveling. In 38 years, they have had only two vacations and were gone for a grand total of only 10 days. One of their destinations will be to visit son Daniel, a floral designer near Chicago.
They are also in the middle of remodeling their home, remodeling two houses in New London they will sell, and they own and manage several rental properties.
As if all that weren't enough, Stober is taking on a new career as a Realtor for King Realty in Wellington. "I'm not a person who comes home and sits down and does nothing," he said.
In his "spare time" Stober enjoys driving his 1918 Model T Ford and belongs to the Bumps & Grinds Model T Club.
As he looks over his 38-year career, Stober said "I enjoyed helping people" and will miss that and working with others, including those who were not his clients. He and Beverly will stay in Wakeman because it is their home and "a very nice community" as they begin this new chapter in their lives.