Longtime Sun Prairie banker Tom Tubbs will retire on Jan. 1, after 61 years in the business — at the same bank.

Tubbs, 87, joined the Bank of Sun Prairie in 1957 as a cashier and worked his way up to become president of the bank in 1972, a position he held until 2006.

During that time, the bank’s assets grew from $30 million to $252 million.

Tubbs has been chairman of the board since 2006. When he retires, he will continue serving as a member of the board of directors.

Tubbs also has been active in numerous community organizations, including three terms as president of the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce.

The bank is holding retirement events in Tubbs’ honor that are open to the public, including a retirement party on Wednesday at Lake Windsor Country Club, from 5 to 9 p.m., and will welcome well-wishers to the bank’s 228 E. Main St. office on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Judy Newman is a business reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.