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Shelly and Chuck Ehret are turning in their Whirlpool employee badges after 90 years of combined service. The couple stands before photos of Shelly’s dad, himself a retired Whirlpool worker.

By Alan Wolf, YSN

Meet Whirlpool’s Chuck and Shelly Ehret— but you better hurry because the couple is retiring after nearly 90 years of combined service with the manufacturer.

The two, who will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this summer, met at Whirlpool’s manufacturing facility in Marion, Ohio. Chuck began working there straight out of high school in 1973, assigned first to washing small parts and later moving on to welding; the air conditioning, built-in range and microwave production lines; and the paint department, where he spent over 40 years.

Shelly came on board in 1977, working in nearly every department within the plant, including 25 years in quality control.

The two crossed paths there 41 years ago and were married a year later.

Both followed their family members into appliance production at the Marion facility. For Chuck, that included his father and sister, both retired, and a brother, Paul Ehret, who still works at the plant). Shelly also followed in her dad’s footsteps, who is also a retiree. For them, growing up in the extended Whirlpool family meant company activities like picnics at the zoo, large Christmas parties, trips to Sea World, factory tours with the Girl Scouts and other fond memories, along with awards from the Whirlpool Scholarship Program.

The couple are now looking forward to spending time with their grandchildren and attending football games at the Indiana college where their son coaches. Chuck will also stay busy in his role as a township trustee, and Shelly will continue to serve on dual school boards.

So congratulations Chuck and Shelly on your well-deserved retirement, and thank you for all the products you provided us and our customers over the years.

Hat tip to Whirlpool.

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