PITTSBURG — After almost 37 years in the postal service, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster Robert Beasley is set to retire Wednesday.
Friday, Right in the mailroom, his employees, and past and current post masters from around southeast Kansas gathered for breakfast to celebrate his retirement.
During the celebration he thanked all of his employees.
“I’m glad I could work with people who make me smile,” Beasley said.
In 1981 he became a financial clerk at the office and then he worked in distribution. After that, he became a city carrier for nine years, then made his way into management where he has been postmaster at various locations. He’s been Pittsburg’s postmaster since 2002.
He was encouraged by his father to go to trade school as his father believed there are certain trades which will always be of need, Beasley said.
Consecutively, he went to trade school and learned plumbing and other maintenance trades while working towards a degree at Pittsburg State University, where he studied business and law — pipefitting school at night and daytime studies at PSU. He kept himself busy and made money by working as a night shift counselor at a juvenile center and for a year he played football at PSU.
Uncertain what to do after graduation, his neighbor told him he should consider working at the post office over heading out to law school, which helped begin his three decade journey in the post office world.
Retired Postmaster Ed Hinde met Beasley years ago when he was still in high school and Hinde was postmaster.
“You could tell almost instantly he was sharp and going to move up and he did,” Hinde said.
During his time at the post office Beasley was a board member of the Rural Letter Carrier Association and has been won many awards for his achievements — all made possible by his employees, he said.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” he said. “I’ve had good people work for me, we were able to accomplish these things.”
Beasley’s wife Becky said their three children grew up with him working at the post office.
Aside from his day job at the office, his wife said he’s quite a handy-man, being able to fix things at home and help others. A few projects are already lined up for him after he retires, she said.
She said the family will be glad to have him around more.
“There is never a dull moment when he is around,” Becky said. “He is as good of a guy at home as he is at work.”
Beasley said he is uncertain what the future holds, but he looks forward to traveling with his wife.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.