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Scheibe retires as highway department foreman

By on September 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

Delbert Scheibe retired from his foreman position with the Monroe County Highway Department last Wednesday after 30 total years of work for the county.

Scheibe, 69, took over as foreman when Jim Vogt retired more than 10 years ago. Longtime highway department employee Dean Doerr took over as foreman in Scheibe’s place.

“He was extremely dedicated,” Monroe County Highway Engineer Aaron Metzger said. “Delbert was always here earlier than he needed to be and made sure he was always available to help.”

Metzger credited Scheibe for helping him ease into his role as Metzger replaced longtime engineer Ron Polka a couple of years ago.

“He helped me out tremendously,” Metzger said. “I probably couldn’t have made the transition without him.”

Scheibe, who grew up in Harrisonville and served in the Army during the early 1960s upon his graduation from Waterloo High School, said he first started working with the county as a maintenance man for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department during Sheriff Dan Kelley’s first year in office.

A couple of years later, Scheibe started his career with the highway department — a career he now looks back on fondly.

“It wasn’t just one routine constantly,” Scheibe said. “It always varied week to week.”

Scheibe said winters with the department were always special, with employees having to maintain vigilant upkeep of roads in nasty weather.

“You never knew what to expect,” he said. “And knowing you have completed a project gives you satisfaction.”

Scheibe also praised the strong work ethic of department employees.

“I had a really good workforce. They really cared,” he said. “They did a job just like they would want it to be done for themselves.”

Working under both Polka and Metzger over the years, Scheibe said each man had his own way of getting things done.

“Both of them have been great for this county,” he said.

What lies ahead in retirement? Scheibe said he wasn’t quite sure. It will most definitely result in more time spent with his wife of 47 years, Janet,  their sons Scott, Keith and Kevin, and the family’s eight grandchildren.

“My wife and family have ideas of what I should do,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s going to take me awhile to break the habit of getting up at 4 or 5 a.m. every day.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.