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Richmond’s Betty Reid Soskin now only the second-oldest ranger in the National Park Service

By Chris Treadway
Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 10:24 pm in History, Richmond.

The National Park Service has to be unique among employers.
For several years Betty Reid Soskin of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, has carried the title of the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service.
Soskin, who turned 91 last year, seemed in no danger of having her status changed by a challenger — until now. It seems the NPS hired a 98-year-old as a ranger in the maintenance division, meaning Soskin is now the second-oldest active ranger and the oldest “interpretive ranger.”
Soskin, whose tours of sites in Richmond are a popular feature of the Rosie the Riveter park, took the news of her changed status with good humor, posting the following on her Facebook page:

We wonder if the new 98-year-old ranger has a Facebook page.

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  • Shavaun Ruterbories

    My father-in-law, Lyle Ruterbories, is still a working ranger up in Glacier National Park at 93 years old. He is in charge of the Kinta Lake campground and surroundings. He and my mother-in-law started as campground hosts 27 years ago, and then in 1993 he was hired as a seasonal ranger. For about 6 months of the year he lives in a remote area of the forest in a one room cabin built over 100 years ago. He has no running water or electricity – only a wood stove, propane stove and lanterns. He is quite a guy.

  • Rodney & Rosa Roberts

    We had the priviledge of meeting him Monday, Labor day when launching canoe. It was clear he was passionate about the campground and area, attentive to visitors needs, and overseeing the grounds. We remembered him from our stay at Kintla years ago. Refreshing to see his devotion to the park! We were amazed when he told us his age and humbled. We’re only in our 60′s.