Bismarck barber of more than 50 years cuts his last head of hair

Published: Apr. 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM CDT
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Americans change jobs on average every four years.

These days it's rare for employees to work in the same industry for an entire career.

There are a few exceptions, like a blue collar barber from Bismarck who's kept customers clean-cut for more than fifty years.

The Mug and Brush Barber shop opens for business at 6:30 a.m.

Ray Schock gets customers like Corey Dachtler in and out of the chair before most people get out of bed.

Ray clipped his first lock of hair in 1960. He can still remember his first customer.

"He just looked up at me with his big blue eyes and I don't know who was more scared, him or me, but I did make it through it," said Schock.

Back when Ray began his career, hair cuts were a buck and a quarter apiece. It wasn't the money that kept him in the business for over half a century.

"I just love the people, I just love the people," said Schock.

Some families have had three generations of customer sit in Ray's chair.

Ray says if he makes people happy, they keep coming back. He's put a smile on the faces of thousands of people the past 57-years.

"I have never gotten a bad haircut from Ray, ever," said Ray Nicola, customer.

Nicola has been a loyal customer for forty years. He says his last hair cut was an emotional one.

Ray Nicola: We gott'a let the guy go, he's got to have some time to enjoy for himself.

Schock said, "I want to travel. I have a lot of golf balls I haven't taken out of the box."

All good things must come to an end, and so do Ray's hair cuts.

When Ray started cutting hair hair there were 900 barbers in North Dakota, now there are 200, minus one.

Ray Schock's last day in the barber business was this past Thursday.