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Wendell Hicks stands in Steamboat Lumber on Friday. Hicks is celebrating his 45-year anniversary at the store, where he started working when he was 27.

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Lumber man celebrates 45 years

Hicks worked 'from grunt to manager and back' at business

Wendell Hicks is an icon at Steamboat Lumber. A regular employee since 1963, Wendy, as he is known to friends and customers, has worked through nine U.S. presidents and six managers of the lumber yard, not including the years he worked as manager of the store.

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