OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP — A man whose long experience in public service garners him an “invaluable resource” to his Osceola Township peers is stepping down from his long career serving his community.

Neal Fiekema, long time Osceola Township Trustee, was honored on Nov. 14, as friends, family and past and present board members gathered for his retirement party. His term ended at noon on Tuesday, and he did not run for re-election.

Fiekema began his public service career in the early 1980s and he had been continuously re-elected to the board of trustees since. Other township positions he has held include Zoning Board of Appeals member, Planning Commission member, Appeals Board member, Road Commission representative and Fire Department board member.

“We hope he continues to attend board meetings so that he can provide his valuable perspective on issues before the board,” said Paul W. Brown, Osceola Township supervisor.

Fiekema always placed the well being of Osceola Township residents ahead of any other considerations. The current board members will miss his knowledge and memories, which date back to the 1920s and 1930s.