BARSTOW — After 48 years, Juan Rodriguez has completed his appointed rounds as a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier.
Rodriguez, who is known as “Rocky” to friends and family, officially retired this week from the Barstow Postal Service office. Co-workers treated him to cake and kind words of remembrance.
Except for a six-month stint as a window clerk in Baker, Rodriguez has delivered the U.S. mail for nearly five decades. A lifelong resident of Barstow, he started at the Postal Service at age 18, just a few months out of high school.
“He is the example of what everyone should be as a Postal Service employee,” said Bob Kimble, Barstow’s postmaster. Kimble called the fact Rodriguez spent his entire career as a letter carrier “quite the feat. He was out in the field, day in and day out.”
Rodriguez, though, is modest about his lengthy tenure. He said he managed to perservere because he was “working with a lot of good people. They were like family to me.”