Postmaster Retires After 67 Years of Service

Redig, SD, Postmaster Edgar Kumley and Dakotas District Manager Darrell Stoke.

Redig, SD, Postmaster Edgar Kumley and Dakotas District Manager Darrell Stoke.

Since his hospital records were lost in a fire years ago, Edgar Kumley can’t tell people his exact age.

But in postal years, he’s 67, and counting.

That’s 67 years of service as Postmaster at Redig, SD. Appointed acting Postmaster in 1948 by President Harry Truman, Kumley had the interim tag removed from his name a year later. And he’s been providing service to this unincorporated community in far northwestern South Dakota (considered too small to track by the Census Bureau) ever since.

“I’ve never met a problem I couldn’t solve,” Kumley told the Rapid City Journal at a gathering that celebrated his official retirement in January. He leaves as the third-longest serving Postmaster at the same office in USPS history.

“I’ve never met anybody with more years of service than Edgar,” said Dakotas District Manager Darrell Stoke. “It’s unique dedication and commitment. It’s irreplaceable, the service he’s given.”

While Kumley is officially retired, his legacy of service will continue. He’s signed on, as an annuitant, to continue as Postmaster Relief at the Redig office.

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