Close closes chapter at FM Bank

Farmers & Merchants State Bank (FM Bank) of Langdon is saying goodbye to their longest serving employee this month.

Diane at FM

Posted on 10/25/14

By Melissa Anderson

Diane Close, the Vice President of Operations at FM Bank will be officially retiring after 40 years at the bank.

Close began her career at FM Bank as a teller on the very first day it opened  in 1974.

“It was pretty quiet the first several months till we built up customers” Close recalled.

Little did she know that 40 years from then she would still be at the bank heading the day to day operations.

The changes in technology have been both astounding and innovative, making banking operations much easier than when Close first began.

“Technology will get better and better, checks will be a thing of the past. Customers are really going toward electronic banking” Close said.

“Being able to pull up a years worth of statements in less than five minutes is a big improvement” Close added.

Trying to replace someone like Close, who knows the ins and outs of the bank so well is something that Chalmer Dettler is not even going to attempt.

“It would be hard to replace anybody who has been here that long, she grew with the bank” Dettler stated.

Instead, Close’s duties will be split up between three employees.

“It would take Diane five years working with a specific person before they would be able to do all her responsibilities” Dettler said.

Close plans on becoming a snow bird and traveling to warmer climates during the cold North Dakota winters.

“I always enjoyed my job, never woke up saying “Oh no, do I have to go to work?” other than the weather” Close said.

Close wishes to thank everyone who has made her time at FM Bank so enjoyable.

Dettler and the staff of FM Bank will miss Close as well.

“We certainly appreciate all that she has done over the years, the years that she has dedicated to this bank and everything she has done to make it successful.” Dettler said

Close’s final day at FM Bank before officially retiring is October 31. FM Bank encourages customers and community alike to come in and wish Close well.