Don Sayer has been a friendly and familiar face at the Becker County Food Pantry for more than 17 years — but he's decided it's time to pass on the volunteer mantle to someone else.
Sayer, who turned 90 Sept. 2, said at his retirement party Wednesday, Sept. 4, that it was "because of my aches and pains" that he decided to call it quits.
"Quit calling me your pain," food pantry Director Brad Carlson retorted, though Sayer was quick to point out that it was "my arthritis getting to me."
Carlson later said quietly that Sayer's assistance in preparing boxes of food for the clients that visit the pantry each week would be much missed.
Besides his 17-plus years filling boxes of food for Food Pantry clients, Sayer has also volunteered his time with the Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus and as a member of and usher for Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes.
He says he doesn't really have any definitive post-retirement plans. "It doesn't take much to keep me busy these days," he said, joking.