It’s not often that someone spends 50 years at the same firm.

Bill Boorn can make that case as he will retire from the Perry office of Meriwether Wilson and Company PLLC on June 15.

He started at the firm on June 1, 1968 in the Tipton office. The Perry office was opened by Craig Ditsworth on Sept. 1, 1969. Boorn moved to the Perry office in 1971.

While Boorn grew up on a farm near Moscow, Iowa, he always had a love for numbers.

“When I was a junior, my high school math instructor pulled me aside one day and said ‘If I had your talent in math, I would think about being a CPA,’” Boorn said. “Being a farm kid at 15 years old, I said ‘What’s a CPA?’”

That’s how he got the idea to become a Certified Public Accountant. Boorn graduated from the University of Iowa with an accounting degree.

Boorn kept his love of numbers over the years, along with his love of working with clients.

“I would say I enjoy people, I enjoy making friendships with people and I enjoy saving them money,” he said.

And over the years, Boorn said his biggest satisfaction is having those clients then become friends. He has helped two couples with their taxes for the past 50 years.

“The very first person I told that I was going to retire was one of these couples. She’s in her early 80s and she started crying on me. I said ‘Jeez, this is going to be a long process,’” Boorn said.

He has enjoyed working with those clients over the years, but said now is a good time to retire. He saw a number of changes over the years from tax laws to technology.

An electric calculator cost $950 in 1968. Boorn bought the office its first computer, which weighed 600 pounds.

Tax laws, he said, have just gotten more complicated over the years. He is looking forward to not having to deal with those complications this next tax season.

“My wife has wanted to be a snowbird for several years. And I work quite a few hours during tax season. She’s encouraged me to say ‘Let’s be snowbirds while we can,’” Boorn said of his wife, Judy.

He also plans to stay busy during retirement with eight grandchildren playing ball, golf leagues and more.

Boorn said he will miss the clients, community members and staff members he has worked with over the years.

“I have been blessed to work for a firm which allowed me to be involved in numerous community activities,” he said of Meriwether Wilson and Company PLLC.

Some of those activities include serving as the budget advisor for First Presbyterian Church for 43 years, as the treasurer of Perry Industries Inc. for 46 years and helping organize Perry Economic Development Inc. in 1984 and serving as the secretary and treasurer for 33 years.

Boorn was also on the original committee to develop the McCreary Center and helped with the fundraising for the VanKirk DMACC Career Academy, among other projects.

Boorn’s last day in the office will be Friday, June 15. A retirement party will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at La Poste. Boorn will also celebrate his 49th and a half anniversary with his wife during the combined party.

“I have enjoyed my CPA career and have mixed feelings on retiring. All good things must come to an end,” Boorn said.