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Stevens Point Barber retires after more than five decades

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--It's a story that spans more than five decades—one of a barber who has seen changes in his city and in hair styles too.

"You go from short hair, military hair, flat tops, it's a whole combination," Jim Kropidlowski said.

After 51 years of being a barber, Jim Kropidlowski is hanging up his razor.

"Didn't take me long to prepare. I felt like it was a good time. As soon as it started getting warm, I knew I wanted to be outside," he said.

And as you can imagine, he's heard some pretty interesting stories along the way.

"A lot of times they will get in the chair and say, ‘I need a good haircut, I'm going to a wedding.' And then the next time they come in, ‘I need a good haircut, I'm going to a wedding.' It's the same guy and he must go to a wedding every month so he can get a good haircut," Kropidlowski said.

Some stories are outright strange, like the story of a retired Navy man.

"One time, I cut his hair and he jumps out of the chair and he says, ‘silence' to me ‘or I'll shoot you in the belly with my luger.' I was quiet," Kropidlowski said.

Despite the fun times throughout the years, he says he knows exactly what's next.

"Get some flowers in, yard work, fishing, church work, boy scouts and I hope no one asks for anything because I don't have time," Kropidlowski said.

He says he's built connections.

"I think a lot of times your customers are your best friends as far as doing things together," he added.

And he says his boss has become like his brother, "it's hard to believe but I've spent more time with him than I have with my wife in 51 years."

And he added, "I'm ready. That's the big thing."

Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch

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