Jon Gull retired from his Farmers Insurance agency in El Dorado on Nov. 1, and his retirement party will be Thursday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the office located at 223 N. Main St. His daughter, Katie Schmitz, is taking the reins at the agency now.

Gull spent 45 years with Farmers Insurance. He decided to retire simply because he's reached 68 years old and determined that he's at an age where it makes sense for him to do so. Now, Gull is ready for new adventures; he'll be spending more time playing golf, hunting and fishing – and he plans on going to the New York Yankees spring training with his wife Pam.

Before joining Farmers Insurance, Gull was working in construction in the mid-1970s in Oklahoma. A guy whom Gull played men's softball with at the time was a Farmers agent and encouraged Gull to get into Farmers; Gull moved back to Kansas and opened his agency in El Dorado after that.

Gull grew up in El Dorado, graduated from El Dorado High School and was a three-time state wrestling champion there. After high school, he went to Oklahoma State University where he continued to wrestle.

During his time as a Farmers Insurance agent, Gull won 34 Toppers Club awards, one President's Council award and three Championship awards. He enjoyed being able to help people in their time of need and going above and beyond for clients.

Schmitz has worked at her father's former agency for roughly 12 years. She started in customer service, then became an agency producer before taking over as the new owner. Under Schmitz's leadership, the agency will focus more on technology and will have more involvement in the community.