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Mark Chute retires as Toledo Postmaster

May 1, 2019
By John Speer - Editor (jspeer@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A familiar face has been replaced by a new one at the Toledo Post Office. Mark Chute retired last Friday, April 26, after 23 years as Toledo Postmaster and many years in a career with the U.S. Postal Service. Maria Gehringer, Grundy Center, has assumed duties as acting postmaster for Toledo.

Mark is joining his wife, Cheryl, who retired six years ago as the postmaster at Chelsea.

"I want to thank my family for their support for 42 years and the business leaders for their support of the Toledo Post office, Chute said last week. "I'll miss the people. I love the community, the people I work with and the customers. This community has been wonderful to me."

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Toledo Postmaster Mark Chute handed over duties to acting Postmaster Maria Gehringer last weekend. From Grundy Center, she has been serving as a clerk at the Gladbrook Post Office and has experience filling in at numerous other post offices. Chute has served as postmaster here since 1996 and began working part-time in the Marion Post Office while in high school. Chronicle/John Speer

Of the changes after a postal career spanning four decades he readily says the biggest single one "has been we sorted by hand, now everything is sorted by machine."

He says while first class letter volume has dropped over his years work "the Postal Service now is in an upswing period due to on-line shipping." He points with pride to the method the service can track packages from one station to the next and determine where it is at.

A native of Mason City, Mark grew up in Marion and worked part-time at the post office there while in high school.

He then served four and one-half years in the U.S. Air Force and after that attended school at Kirkwood Community and Coe colleges in Cedar Rapids.

First-class stamps were 22 cents when Mark started as a CFS clerk in the Cedar Rapids Post Office in 1981- they're 55 cents today. He says that increase "is below the rate of inflation."

He then worked as a postal delivery and retail analyst at Cedar Rapids until becoming Tama Postmaster in 1990 replacing Richard Cooper who retired.

He then transferred to Toledo as postmaster in 1996. "I have been blessed with great employees he says of the years being responsible for postal operations in Toledo and before, in Tama.

The Toledo Post office now has two clerks and the postmaster. Mail delivery was all transferred to the Tama Post Office six years ago.

Mark and Cheryl plan to relocate from their Chelsea home to be near their sons and families who both live at Moville, Iowa.

They met in the Air Force while both were stationed at Kotzebue, 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle. He says he has been famously quoted for over 40 years for saying "Where I had my brain frozen." The saying even ended up on the couples' 40th anniversary cake.

Son Robin and his wife, Stephy have four sons, twin boys age 15, and boys ages seven and four. Robin work for Wall of Fame, a sporting goods, school and organization custom apparel company based in Sioux City.

Younger son, Brion, is employed by Vizio, also in Sioux City and is marrying Erin Hoffman, this Saturday, May 4.

Mark says his passion is playing and coaching sports with his grandsons which he expects to keep him busy, even though he says the boys seem to appreciate his wife, "the camera lady" more. He says Sheryl has always had an interest in photography. She is the creator of Grandma's Book of Wisdom which appears weekly in both The Chronicle and Tama News-Herald.

The couple also enjoy traveling and hope to do more, he said.

 
 
 

 

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