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September 8, 2013

Good Deeds: Wichita man still going strong after 23 years of delivering meals

On the day he retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1990, Paul Shetlar figured he better start volunteering.

On the day he retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1990, Paul Shetlar figured he better start volunteering.

That’s when he began a route delivering Meals on Wheels – at first only on Mondays. Then he upped it to two routes. Then four.

Now, nearly a quarter-century later and at age 78, he delivers nearly 50 meals a day five times a week.

Sure, he could have spent his retirement years bowling, he said.

“But the way I bowl, I figured I might as well volunteer five days a week,” he said. “Things like this keep me busy, and they need help.”

Liz Buggs, the volunteer coordinator for Meals on Wheels, said all of the organization’s volunteers are essential.

“We couldn’t deliver if they weren’t here,” Buggs said.

But she said Shetlar is special.

“He’s been here almost as long as I have, and people love him,” Buggs said.

“Of our 200 to 500 volunteers, he is the only one to deliver five days a week. If I could pay him, I would. He works as hard as any of our staff.”

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