Robert J. Dugan, First National Bank loan collector and staff appraiser, announced his retirement on March 28, from a career that began in 1987.
Dugan started his employment with First National Bank on Feb. 2, 1987, as the first licensed appraiser on staff. Before joining the bank, he taught social studies in the Vandalia school system for nine years, all while being actively involved in agriculture.
A lifetime Vandalia resident, Dugan graduated from Vandalia Community High School and Greenville College. He attended many appraisal schools and seminars to keep his knowledge of banking rules and regulations current.
“Bob’s many years of appraisal expertise have been a valued asset for both the First National Bank and our customers," said Steve Henna, vice president and chief lending officer. "During his tenure at First National Bank, Bob has completed thousands of appraisals throughout the area, and his property knowledge will be greatly missed.”
Dugan and his wife, Linda, have three sons, David, wife Angie, and children Kyle and Abby; Duane, wife Tonna, and children Micah and Hannah; and Darin, wife Kara, and children Ryan (deceased), Lauren, and Evyn, all of Vandalia. He also has one great-grandson, Kamren. Dugan has been a past member of the National Association of Workforce Boards and the Vandalia School Board, and is a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church.
“I have enjoyed my work at the bank, as it allowed me to meet and visit with our customers at their homes, farms and businesses,” said Dugan. "I recall and reflect on the many good years with my fellow coworkers and customers, and wish them all the very best."