Airport authority honors late board member King

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The Huntingburg Airport recently hosted a gathering for Bill King's family and friends.



HUNTINGBURG — A Dubois County Airport Authority board member died last month and his fellow board members honored him Monday.

Bill King died Oct. 24 at age 76.

“We are going to miss him,” Board President Jim Hunsicker said. “His knowledge about aviation is also going to be missed.”

King was a retired corporate pilot and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He had been a member of the airport authority since 2013, and was currently serving as assistant treasurer.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, two daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren.

The airport recently hosted a gathering for his family and friends in an airport hangar. “He did his first cross country from Sullivan to Huntingburg, [and] back when he first got his pilot’s license,” Airport Manager Travis McQueen said. “So this was like his final hurrah. It was really touching.”

The board approved a resolution of respect, honoring King and his service to the development of the airport and his dedication to aviation.

“He was a great asset to us,” board member Mike Cummings said, “when he wasn’t a board member and when he was.”

King was Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner’s board appointment. Spinner must select someone to complete King’s four-year term, which expires at the end of 2020.

The authority board also:

• Heard that the section of County Road 200 West that will be redone as part of the runway extension project is now closed. The section won’t be demolished until the nearby utility lines are relocated, Project Engineer Curtis Brown of Indianapolis firm Woolpert Inc. told the board. The relocations are underway, he said.

• Approved several invoices for design work and utility relocations for the runway extension project; 95% of those costs will be reimbursed through grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Heard that conceptual ideas for a new terminal building are being researched.

• Learned that LIFT Academy, a pilot training school in Indianapolis, has offered to do an informational program for the public on a Saturday at the airport. The board was agreeable to the idea.

• Thanked board members Hunsicker, Harvey Berger and Bob Johnson for their military service. Monday was Veterans Day.

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