Marvin Lynch and Kenny Smail have worked together 38 years at the Piqua Cooperative. After 42 years, Lynch is preparing to step down in February when Smail, who has taken over the title of co-op manager, will start running things on his own.
Lynch started working at the co-op not long after graduating from Kansas State University in 1969. Coming back to Piqua was a pretty easy choice.
“I needed to eat,” Lynch said. “I needed a job and I had worked out here a few summers while I was going to school so I knew everyone. I ended up never leaving.”