by Lisa Tome
The last thing Wayne Ingerson wanted when he retired was a fuss.
But he got one anyway.
Staff and leadership from Armstrong gathered on Tuesday, April 29 to honor Ingerson's 41-year career with the company.
He was hired by Armstrong in April 1973 and retired as a system tech April 30.
Armstrong president and CEO Dru Sedwick said that the Armstrong employees like Ingerson "put their heart and soul into the company" to make it what it is today.
Sam Coale said that Ingerson has been his longtime friend both at Armstrong and at the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun.
"It was always a joy to work with Wayne," Coale said.
For many years, Ingerson trained cable installers. Many of those installers were on hand to wish Ingerson well. They also said that Ingerson used to carry a spare remote control in his pocket. If servicing homes where he knew residents, Ingerson would stand outside and change the channels with that extra remote as a prank.
Ingerson said that in his years working for the company, he received one warning while driving and was involved in one accident. "I'm either a good driver or was born lucky," said Ingerson. But he also said he was bitten by dogs at a rate of about once a month.
"Every morning I get up for work. And before I leave the house I ask God to bring us all home and keep us safe... It paid off. God answered my prayers. I will continue to pray for all of you. You mean a lot to me. I will miss walking through the doors here each morning. You mean a lot to me. You really do. I will miss being here," said Ingerson.