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Bronco’s No. 1 manager retires after 61 years

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 5:24 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - About seven years ago we introduced you to a man who worked for decades at the same fast-food restaurant in Omaha.

In 2014, Henry Rice had put more than 50 years at Bronco’s. Last year marked his 60th year of employment.

“Well when I first started, I was just a grill man cooking the hamburgers and everything, then you gradually learn the rest of the system. Work nights, kind of in charge a little bit there and then I was assistant manager,” said Rice.

“It’s just time for me to leave.”

“He probably has more experience in fast food than any human being on the planet. Literally, we’ve been around since ’59 and he started right at the very beginning, you know you can’t replace his care and commitment and experience. It’s not replaceable,” said Blake Barnes.

Henry says he will miss the customers and the friends he made over the years, also his grandkids will now take over all of his time.

“I got two older ones, an athletic teacher at Kearney and one’s in Morningside College. He’s a wrestler so I get to go up and see him wrestle more often now. Then I got two younger ones, grandkids, and they’re just going into high school,” said Rice.

Many friends and customers never thought Henry would walk away from the job he has had since he was 15. But there’s proof in the lobby that the retirement is for real.

“I have a lot of people that I know and they say we don’t know what you’re going to do with yourself now. They just never expected me to retire but after all these years at my age, there’s nothing wrong with my age, my health, or anything like that. I decided its time to enjoy life a little bit more,” said Rice.

Henry will celebrate his retirement by going out to dinner tonight with a few friends and family.

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