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Missoula business celebrates 60 years by giving back to community

Published On: May 14 2013 05:08:35 PM MDT   Updated On: May 14 2013 05:51:26 PM MDT

A Missoula family-owned and operated business is celebrating 60 years by giving back to the community.

John Roemer started working in the tire business when he was about 12 years old, in the summer of 1965.

“My first job was painting used tires. In those days to dress them up they had a special paint that you could paint them with,” said Roemer.

From there Roemer moved to other jobs at his dad's full-service gas and tire station -- and six decades after the business started, he runs it.

“Well who would have thought I'd be doing this at age 60? I'm the same age as the business.”

The year was 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. Gas was just over 20 cents a gallon. And Missoulian Jack Roemer's legacy began. Over the next 60 years, the shop relocated, remodeled, gas prices went up, the economy went up and down. But Roemer's made it though.

“More than anything the experience and help of my father.” It's that push to make it through anything that has John Roemer thankful to be celebrating.

To mark the 60 years Roemer is giving back to the community that helped make the store what it is with 60 acts of kindness.

“Working with Missoula Aging Services seemed like the perfect thing to do. These are the people that aging service is helping who have been our customers these many years,” Roemer said.

A portion of every tire sold during the month of June will go to Missoula Aging Services. The company will also carry out 60 acts of kindness in 2013.

John said his dad’s response to the projects was simple: “He says 'That’s really nice John.'”

For more information on the 60 Acts of Kindness campaign click here.