Monts' reasons for retiring are age and "I've got some things I'm looking forward to doing." Those include the aforementioned wood shop and yard work. He also likes to play golf and wants to collect as much Indiana-based art as he can find in antique shops around the state. His daughters also have some to-do lists waiting for him.
As for the next-generation Monts working in the co-op industry, "Nobody's followed Dad's lead." His son is a military veteran stationed in Hawaii who's done two tours in Afghanistan. One daughter is a chiropractor in Zionsville and the other teaches at North Salem Elementary School. The latter followed in Monts' wife's footsteps.
You can easily do worse than work for a co-op though, Monts said.
"It's a good stable business, pays a decent wage and benefits, and keeps you active in your community," he said.
For a business that also has less turnover than usual, it's a great way to make lifelong friends.
"It made it easy to get in 44 years, when you have people you like to work with and for," Monts said. "Really makes it a joy."