In 1936, Gordan Rux made his way to Lake Stevens with his family as a 13-year-old boy. Now just 77 short years later, he and his family celebrated his 90th birthday on September 24, 2013.
Rux has enjoyed his life in Lake Stevens and has become one of the town’s oldest citizens.
He served as Postmaster from 1958 until 1981 and was the last postmaster to be appointed by Congress, approved by the Senate and signed by the President.
During his time as Postmaster he also served on the Volunteer Fire Department in Lake Stevens. He volunteered for 35 years, from 1950 to 1985.
Rux carries 172 pieces of shrapnel in his body from the time he was severely wounded while serving in World War II.
He is a member of the American Legion and a Lifetime Member of the Disabled American Veterans organization (DAV) because of his injuries.
Not only did Rux serve as a volunteer firefighter he also spent time serving on the Lake Stevens City Council.
Retirement didn’t slow Rux down either. After retiring from the Post Office in 1981 he went to work for Ken Wallin at Lakeside Realty.
Rux’s daughter Barbara Stewart says that her father loves to share his memories of growing up in Lake Stevens.
“At one time owned what later came to be known as the Cooper Mill in Hartford,” she said. “His mind is very sharp and he has many stories of Lake Stevens and its people.”
His family is having a celebration on September 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is inviting anyone in the community who knows Rux to join in the celebration.
It will be held at Glenwood Mobile Estates, 5900 64th St. NE in Marysville. (Cards only please.)