James “Jim” Tudor, born and raised in Marion, accepted a job with the City of Marion Transportation Department as a bus driver shortly after gaining professional driving experience with a taxi business. The opportunity proved to be a fulfilling career from 1976 to today.
For more than four decades, Tudor enjoyed helping people and gaining friendships. “Our riders are just like us…they just might not be in a position to make payments on a car.”
Tudor was a loyal employee who would adhere to the rules. When asked to work overtime or take on special opportunities, Tudor would never turn them down. His teammates expressed gratitude for his flexibility and all of the extra time and work he put into his job.
Transportation Director, Jeff Edwards, gave praise to Tudor, explaining he could always rely on him. “I never had to worry if he was going to show up for work, do a good job, or help you out. I have unlimited praise for Jim. He even led prayer for me when I was in the hospital, which means something special to me,” Edwards added.
For many years, Tudor took on special routes for community events including Mississinewa 1812 and the Fly/In Cruise/In, drove many times for MPD programs, and was very efficient with ADA-related tasks.
In retirement, Tudor looks forward to doing more with his church, St. James Lutheran. He also welcomes more opportunities to travel, spend time with his family, and get house work done…all on his own time.
Tudor’s final day driving his bus route is Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 2020.