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Longtime MSD Bus Driver Judy Decker Announces Retirement

In September 1974, MSD of Wabash County hired brand new bus driver Judy Decker. Now, 47 years later, Ms. Decker is ready to turn in her bus keys.

Over the course of her school bus driving career, Judy has been able to drive three generations of students for the Southwood schools. She has served countless students as the safe bridge between school and home.

Judy originally chose to become a bus driver because of her own children. Her son with special needs had to change buses three times to get to school. With all those transitions, Judy would often need to pick him up and help with the transporting.

Judy did not realize she would enjoy driving so much but it has been her love for the position that has kept her in it for so long. Driving the vocational school route has been exceptionally enjoyable for Judy as it has allowed her to develop relationships with students and share in their personal accomplishments.

As she reflects on her driving career Judy says many aspects have changed, noting training methods and even the landscape of the city. While school bus driving Judy also worked at Pizza Hut for 30 years.

Judy has many plans for retirement including being more involved in her church, with family, and her daughters’ business, Bluebird Boutique. Judy hopes to travel to Michigan to see her great-grandson more often, along with visiting family and church family in nursing homes. Although she will miss driving Judy admits that she will enjoy staying home on snowy days.

In celebration of Judy’s excellent years of service to the MSD community, a Retirement Open House will be held for her on Wednesday, December 15 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm in the Southwood Jr/Sr High School Cafeteria. The public is invited to attend especially those who had Judy as a driver during their school years.