You’d think after three decades of working
outside in the hottest summers and the coldest snow storms, you might find Jody Mauck
relaxing indoors these days.
You’d be wrong. Asked to describe his ideal
retirement, the long-time maintenance operator for the Adams County Highway Department talks about hunting and fishing, and
taking the grandkids sledding and ice-skating.
“Without having to plow, I’ll enjoy winter
now,” said Mauck, with a laugh. “I like being
outside. I farmed full-time until I started with
Adams County, then part-time after that.
With this job, you’d travel northeast to
southwest in the county, doing something
different every day. I think I would have
found any other job boring.”
Mauck retired at the end of January, leaving
behind 18 co-workers he describes as “family”. He said he was happy to retire while he
still enjoyed his job and will miss knowing
what’s going on in the county. He said he
might do some part time summer mowing in
the future if they need him but said for now,
he’s pretty busy at home.
“Five days after I retired, I had to rush my 91-
year old mother to the emergency room,” said
Mauck. “They found late stage cancer. Until
then, she had lived independently at home.”
He is happily playing caregiver these days
and feels fortunate that the timing of his retirement worked out. He was already doing
maintenance on his mom’s place, his mother- in-law’s farm, and his own farm located 18
miles outside of Quincy. While he doesn’t actively farm the land anymore and rents it instead, he said there is still plenty to be done.
“The outbuildings need maintenance, and
everything needs to be mowed and the
fence lines trimmed,” said Mauck. “I also
have a short list of construction needs on my
He and his wife, Jo, also have four kids (2
boys, 2 girls) and ten grandchildren, ages 2
to 20, so the Maucks spend lots of hours
warming the bleachers at basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading. Not to mention plenty
of time at the farm with the grandkids.
“We go four-wheeling and golf cart riding
when they’re here,” said Mauck. “I want
them to love the outdoors.”
He is also an avid mushroom hunter, and he
and Jo plan to travel when things slow down.
For now, though, he said needs to stay fairly
close to home for his mother and, also, his
mother-in-law, who is 92 years old and still
lives on her
Mauck, with a
I’m glad I’m
able to help