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Old 09-09-2017, 08:56 PM
Location: Tennessee at last!
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My grandpa passed away 2 years after he retired, so my dad planned to retire early enough to spend some time enjoying retirement. He retired at 55 years old. Mom retired when he did at 53 years old for her.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:05 PM
Location: South Florida
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My dad retired early on a disability because he had had several heart attacks. I'm not sure how old but it was later 40's I think. Mom stayed home and raised 6 kids. Within a year of having dad home all day with her mom went out and got a job.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:08 PM
Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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Mom stayed at home and managed the farm while Dad worked. Dad had cancer and died at 58. He got to the point where he could not work and was allowed to retire a few days before he passed away.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:29 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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My father was a dairy farmer who sold his cows and "semi-retired" when he was about age 74 or 75. He went from working full time, eight to fifteen hours a day (depending on the season), seven days a week to "only" working five or six days per week, four to eight/ten hours a day, as a logger until he passed away shortly before his 80th birthday. He literally "died with his boots on", which is generally how most farmers want to go.

My mother was a hard working farm wife who became seriously disabled in her early/mid 60s and unable to do farm work anymore. She passed away at age 71.

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Old 09-09-2017, 09:50 PM
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No one in my family has ever retired except Mom stepped-down from her charge nurse position at age 62 and went part time which she really enjoyed for 3 years.

The men in my family work until they drop...

Mom's side are all farmers... farmers never really retire unless they sell the farm which has never happened.

The other men were self employed... my step grandfather was still the first one in and the last one out of his tool and die shop well into his 80's and half day Saturday laying out the jobs for the next week.

My Dad and Grandfather died while still work in their 70's... Dad was amazed to start Social Security at age 70... thought it was wonderful...

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Old 09-09-2017, 10:25 PM
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Father retired at 59 and lived to 82. Mother was a SAHM, but would never have lived to see retirement. She was a heavy smoker who died of cancer at age 56.
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Old 09-10-2017, 11:05 AM
Location: Grove City, Ohio
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66 or 67 for my mom, and never for my dad. He started up a new business at age 71 and worked a flexible but close to full time schedule until he unexpectedly died. He enjoyed his work and what he did, and the structure it gave to his days along with the fact that he had the flexibility to go pick up his grandkids from school and take them to soccer practice or out for ice cream. He was able to balance work he enjoyed with the other things he valued in life.

I'm hoping to retire at 70. I had my kid later in life and that would give me a few years to play some savings catch up once he's out of the house. But I also know that life has a way of following it's own path so we'll see.
I really didn't have parents in the normal sense of the word.

My dad died when I was 2 years old so I really didn't have a model.
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:17 PM
Location: Florida
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My father died of cancer when he was 65, he never experienced retirement. My mother never worked after they married.

I retired 20 years ago at age 63.
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:28 PM
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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My dad died at age 32.
My mom retired at age 67. She didn't want to, but had mobility issues.
I retired at age 65. That was accidental, because I owned a business and had to find a buyer for it. A buyer came forward when I was 65... so that's when I retired.
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Old 09-10-2017, 03:06 PM
Location: NC
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My mom was a stay at home mom that also worked occasional jobs, but not anything to retire from. My dad is 82 and owns his business, so he's still employed. Mainly because he is a gatherer and control freak and refuses to let anyone else totally run the company and he drags his feet on selling it. In the last year, we moved him a ways away from the office, which forced him to be way more hands off than before (we moved here, too). He loves where he lives now and is so much less stressed!

My mom died 4 years ago.
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