The Missouri Department of Transportation lost an employee of 19 years on the first of the month.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Ray Schneider:

Ray Schneider

Schneider said he started working as a design technician in 1993.  He worked his way up and ended his career as a senior traffic specialist.

“MoDOT’s really a good place to work.  I’ve worked at a variety of different types of jobs, and there’s been some that I didn’t like and there’s a couple that I liked, but the Missouri Department of Transportation is a nice place to work,” said Schneider, “They treat their employees well.  I learned a lot about traffic, and about design, and they’re willing to give you the opportunity to learn as much as you want to learn.”

His retirement took effect on the first of the month.  He now plans to do some traveling, as well as get started on a project list from his wife.

Press Release from the Missouri Department of Transportation

 MACON – Raymond “Ray” Schneider retired from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) effective February 1, 2013. Ray had 19 years of service with MoDOT at the time of his retirement.

Ray began his career with MoDOT in October 1993 as a design technician. He was promoted within the design department over the next few years, but would then move to the traffic department in July 2000 as a traffic specialist. He would move his way up in the traffic department and become a senior traffic specialist, the position from which he retired. “Being on the permit side of traffic allowed me to work with a variety of individuals over the years,” said Ray. “Many of these individuals I built relationships with along the way,” he added. “I will miss that.”

After retirement Ray plans do some traveling, as well as, take in some hunting and fishing. With a smile on his face, Ray added, “My wife has a project list waiting for me, so I am sure I will need to get a head start on it as well.”

Ray and his wife Charlene currently reside in Kirksville, Missouri. He has three daughters and one son: Bethany Meline and husband Trey of Kirksville, Angela Lang and husband Gavin of Burlington Junction, Missouri, Patty Jorgenson and husband Shane of Cameron, Wisconsin and Matt Spencer of Webb City, Missouri. He has also been blessed with five grandchildren and has another one on the way.

For more information, contact the MoDOT Northeast District Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). The center is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.