No more deliveries for Shenandoah milkman

Posted: December 4, 2012

The Winchester Star

Andy Mauck of Winchester stands beside the Shenandoah’s Pride truck he drove. He worked for the company from the time he was 15 until retiring Friday. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Mauck checks his delivery to Food Maxx, one of the last he is making after almost 50 years on the job.

WINCHESTER — One local milkman has made his final rounds.

After nearly half a century at Shenandoah’s Pride Dairy in Hagerstown, Md., Charles “Andy” Mauck called it quits Friday.

The 63-year-old Winchester native and resident began at the dairy on April 1, 1965, but the job was no one-day joke.

“He likes longevity,” said Mauck’s wife, Barbara, who married the milkman in 1973.

Mauck’s long tenure at one company makes him a rarity these days, according to Butch Breeden, route supervisor at the dairy.

Breeden, who has been at the company for nearly 39 years, couldn’t think of anyone who had been there longer.

“It used to be real common for guys to stick around for a long time,” he said. “But the way the economy is and the way employers are demanding more and more, it’s too demanding.”

And so it was with Mauck, who said he always wanted to make it to the 50-year mark, before the more than 45-minute commute to Hagerstown and long hours began to take their toll.

Also, his wife recently had her hip replaced and Mauck wants to spend more time around the house.

“I can do more for her now,” he said.

The roughly 1,600 gallons of milk Mauck hauled to various stores daily will still be delivered, but Andy, as he’s commonly known, will be missed.

“Andy is the overall best driver I’ve ever had,” Breeden said. “He’s just a class act.”

He recalled how he always brought food with him for the stray cats behind the Kmart in Martinsburg and how he was always loyal and dependable.

Mauck started at the Shenandoah’s Pride Dairy Winchester distribution facility when he was 15.

He began driving routes in 1971 and continued in that role until his retirement on Friday.

Dean Foods, headquartered in Dallas, bought Shenandoah’s Pride — then a Mount Crawford-based co-op — in 1999, and in 2002 consolidated the Winchester facility with one in Hagerstown.

So Mauck began making the commute north, but decided nearly 11 years of the back and forth was enough.

He said he’ll miss his route, noting that seeing Willard Scott in Upperville and Liz Taylor in Middleburg are among his fondest memories over the years.

But after spending countless hours steering the milk truck through the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Mauck is now looking forward to regular rides of a different variety.

He has 1974 and 2001 Harley-Davidsons that he would like to take out for a spin more frequently.

“It will be a much more enjoyable ride,” he said.

— Contact Conor Gallagher at cgallagher@winchesterstar.com