Is age 89 too young to retire?

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:03 am

Bob Marsh is retiring. Maybe this time, it will be for real.

Marsh recently announced he will retire after 19 years of serving as an experience modifications specialist for Security Insurance Services Inc. in New Berlin. Marsh is 89 years old.

Before coming to Security Insurance, Marsh was employed by CNA Insurance as a large accounts underwriter for 42 years.

Marsh retired from CNA Insurance for eight months, after which he became restless and chose a second career. His transition to Security Insurance at the age of 70 required him to learn how to use computers for the first time, as well as specific programs proficiently in order to accurately examine clients’ workers compensation packages and perform experience modifications.

"I thought I would give it a whirl, and it’s really been a lot of fun," Marsh said.

Working longer has given him a sense of purpose that he would have missed if he had stayed retired the first time, Marsh said.

"When your work seems to be paying off and you enjoy it, then that’s a good reason to stick with it," says Marsh. "Each day I go home feeling good about what I have done. People are always more constructive when they like what they do and are moving forward with it."

"He’s the type of person who has a ton of energy," said Security Insurance president and chief executive officer Scott Naze. "He doesn’t want to quit learning, either. He shows up every day with tremendously positive attitude and willingness to help wherever he can."

Marsh plans to spend his retirement with his wife, Betty, his three children and eight grandchildren. He is also looking forward to gardening, fishing and hunting with his dog.

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