A reception was held July 1, at the terminal, which was attended by fifty city and county officials, current and former board and airport staff members and friends.
For is four decades of service to the community and state, Roof received the Mayor’s Award of Merit from Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler, and was made a Kentucky Colonel by State Representative Gerald Watkins.
In addition, Barkley Airport Board Chairman Chris Neihoff, presented him with a sign to illustrate that the airport’s driveway will be named Richard Roof Drive in his honor.
“Today you have all gathered here, basically telling me that I have been successful in this job for 40 years,” Roof said of the accolades. “I’ve been here through good times, through bad times, and through tough times, but the fact remains I wouldn’t be here and have endured in this position for so long without the help and support of each of you and countless others, so I share all of this with you, as it is in celebration of you as well.”
On July 1, 1974, Roof began his airport career at what was then Barkley Field, when he was named Assistant Manager, two months later on Sept. 1 he then took over as the airport’s fifth manager, when Ben Ashby retired.
Just a few things Richard Has seen in his 40 years of service
Information provided by Eddie Grant
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