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David Laughlin/ The Duncan Banner Rodney Brooks enjoying is last day at the post office. Brooks is retiring after 31 years at the post office.

The Duncan Banner

Retirement to adults is what Christmas is to children. Each offers the promise of unparalleled excitement and also brings unmatched anxiety. The stark difference, however, Christmas comes once a year, retirement comes once a lifetime. Rodney Brooks, Postmaster of Duncan, is hanging up his proverbial gear and unwrapping the gift that 31 years of service to the post office has brought; retirement.

Brooks first began working for the post office in 1970 as a postal assistant while he was a student at Empire High School. “The superintendent helped me get on,” Brooks said.

Brooks worked two years for the post office, then went to work for Halliburton.

Brooks worked eight years at Halliburton before returning to the post office.

Brooks has seen the effect technology has had on the post office. “When I first started back in the ’70s, there were over 65 employees at the post office. Now we have 38, and that’s directly linked to technology,” Brooks said.

Brooks has worked in 12 different locations throughout the state including: Sulphur, Oklahoma City and McCallister. He has served as a Postmaster for 12 years in Comanche, Duncan and Marlow.

“I have had so many great mentors throughout my time here at the post office, Earl Byford, Roy Burch and Donnie Bain. Donnie was a great mentor, he always kept things light when things got busy,” Brooks said. “I always was a worrier, but Donnie did his best to lighten the mood.”

Ken Morrison, the postmaster in Comanche will fill in for Brooks until a permanent postmaster is named. “Ken is a well experienced person I think people will really like. He believes in service and will do all he can to get the best service to the customers,” Brooks said.

Brooks is looking forward to enjoying retirement. “I plan to do nothing for a while, I may help my son with the work he does,” Brooks said. “I am really looking forward to doing some volunteer work.”

Just like any postal route, the road to retirement is filled with many bumps and even more turns. For Rodney Brooks, it’s not necessarily the destination that matters the most, it was the journey. Brooks said, “The post office has been wonderful to me my entire career.”

— David Laughlin is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 144, or via e-mail at david.laughlin@duncanbanner.com.

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