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Marion Transit Driver Bob Abshire Retires after 30 Years of Service Share

Feb 28, 2019  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Bob Abshire was born and raised in Brown Coun­ty, then moved to Mar­i­on where he attend­ed Mar­i­on Com­mu­ni­ty Schools, grad­u­at­ing from Mar­i­on High School in 1976. He joined the Nation­al Guard at the age of 19, serv­ing for 14 years. In 1989, he began a part-time career dri­ving a bus for the City of Mar­i­on. He was inspired to do so from his moth­er who was a school bus dri­ver, and his uncle who drove for the City of Fort Wayne. Part-time became full-time in the ear­ly 90s.

Abshire said he enjoyed dri­ving for spe­cial events includ­ing Mis­sissinewa 1812, the Mar­i­on East­er Pageant, and Christ­mas City Walk­way of Lights Parade, and he reflects that his best mem­o­ries have been meet­ing all the won­der­ful senior cit­i­zens all over Marion.

Every time I’m out and about, I run into peo­ple who know me or had fam­i­lies that rode my bus,” explained Abshire, who most­ly drove the route south to Indi­ana Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty all the way up to North Marion.

Abshire added that win­ter weath­er is always a chal­lenge for bus dri­vers explain­ing snowy and icy con­di­tions rep­re­sent the worst part of the job.

He thanked the City of Mar­i­on Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment for the past 30 years, express­ing he has enjoyed it all and will miss that part of his life. 

Trans­porta­tion Direc­tor Jeff Edwards rec­i­p­ro­cat­ed appre­ci­a­tion for Abshire’s ser­vice. Bob was a good employ­ee for 30 years, and we are grate­ful for his tenure here. He will be missed.”

Abshire said he looks for­ward to enjoy­ing time at the lake with his dog, trav­el­ing a bit more, and spend­ing time with fam­i­ly. Abshire has a wife, two step-chil­dren, and five grandchildren.

Abshire’s last offi­cial day with the City of Mar­i­on is March 1st, 2019.

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