After more than 30 years working in the industrial technology field, David Backer was ready to retire. “I had proven everything I needed to prove to myself and exceeded all of my expectations,” David said. Each of his career moves — from diesel truck repair to assembly line specialist and contractor for the Department of Defense — prepared David and his wife, Kim, financially for early retirement.
Five years ago Russell Vance was a geriatric psychotherapist with many more years of work ahead of him, or so he thought. “I was burned out. Within 18 months, my wife, my mother and my father died,” he said. “It wasn’t until my daughter told me, ‘You know, you might think about retirement,’ that I considered the possibility.
Before they made the decision to retire, Cassius had built a 32-year career in information technology in aerospace and Valerie had served as a graphic artist, stay-at- home mom and a headmaster’s secretary. After being encouraged by their son to explore volunteering as Christian missionaries, the Smiths began to envision their next season of life together.
The traditional dream of golf was just one of Phillip Kelley’s goals after he retired from 35 years as an engineer. With the help of their financial advisor, he and his wife, Betty, a retired educator, developed a plan to support their ideal retirement lifestyle.
When tragedy struck Ron Little and Donna, his wife of 44 years, the six good years they shared in retirement became even more precious. Dreams they had developed together over decades had to be reimagined.