It is a sad time for the New Haven Lumberyard.
After 45 years of work, Ralph Scheer is finished. Known around town for being cheerful and helpful at the lumberyard, Scheer will officially be retiring soon. “I didn’t even know it was 45 years until recently,” Scheer says.
Scheer started working for the New Haven Lumberyard when he was 35. He originally worked for Warren Bauche at what is now the city shed downtown. “Before working for the lumberyard, I worked for Home Oil, Chrysler, and McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing),” Scheer says.
“I used to work 50 hours a week. Every Saturday. My wife took care of a lot of stuff on our farm while I worked,” Scheer says. Scheer and his wife own a beef and cattle farm outside New Haven.
Scheer says now that he’s retiring, he’ll have a little more time to do some fishing and work on the farm.
When asked if he would miss working, Scheer immediately said yes. “I will miss working here. I’ll miss meeting with the people and helping out with problems, just figuring things out.”
Scheer’s coworkers will miss him as well. “The neatest thing about Ralph is the fact that everybody knows him. Since he’s been here for 45 years, he often knows all the generations of a family,” says coworker Ernie, “he’s really good about meeting with customers.”
“Everyday he’s the first one to work; he makes the coffee, turns on all the lights, and gets everything ready for the day,” Ernie says. “He makes work a pleasant experience for everyone he talks to.”
A party was held for Ralph Scheer on September 10th at the Lumberyard to celebrate his last 45 years of work by his colleagues at the lumberyard. There was a 10% discount on everything in honor of Ralph.
New Haven High School wishes Ralph a great retirement!