BANDON — Hennick's Home Center-Do It Best employee Chuck Duval has been with the company longer than the Hennick family has owned it.
"I am the longest running employee," Duval said. "I have been here longer than Mike and Sharon and was here when Francis Stadelman owned the store."
Duval said he started building trusses in March 1988 at Stadelman's building supply store, where Hennick's Furniture is now located. Mike Hennick officially took over the store in July of that year.
Duval now works in receiving, making sure the materials orders are correct. He also handles some of the lumber and Do It Best orders, working with local contractors, and works the front check-out desk and anywhere else as needed.
"Mike and Sharon have been very good to me," Duval said. "They are always willing to help with any problems."
Growing up in Bandon, Duval graduated from Bandon High School in 1968, then joined the U.S. Navy, where he was stationed in Massachusetts. He and his classmates will celebrate their 50th reunion on Cranberry Festival weekend in September at Reg Pullen's house.
After the service, he stayed in Massachusetts for a few years, then returned to Bandon with his two sons, Ken and Carl. His parents, Jean and Clayton Duval, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this summer. The couple had 11 children.
Duval also has two grandsons who live in Bandon with their parents Ken and Christina Duval, and a stepdaughter and four step-granddaughters who live in Texas.
"Chuck has been a loyal, worthy employee during the 30 years he's been at Hennick's," said Sharon Hennick. "He's honest, trustworthy and dependable and we're very proud to have him in our employ. Chuck and his family, especially his parents Jean and Clayton Duval, have been like family to us. His parents' solid foundation show the type of family and standards from which Chuck comes."
The public is invited to come enjoy cake and coffee all day at Hennick's during regular business hours on Thursday, May 17, to honor Duval's 30 years.