PARSONS - Longtime courthouse employee Dave Kyle received recognition and thanks from the Tucker County Commission and county employees Friday.
Kyle will officially retire as director of maintenance for the Tucker County Courthouse Dec. 31, after 25 years of service.
"We have an employee that is retiring," Tucker County Commissioner Mike Rosenau said during the ceremony at the courthouse. "Dave Kyle is retiring - you have all worked with him. Dave's jokes have kept us moving at times. On behalf of the Commission, I want to thank Dave for 25 years of dedicated service."
Commissioner Lowell Moore said Kyle was a complete professional.
"He has been so helpful, and we will all miss him around the courthouse," Moore said. "He has done a great job and we are fortunate to have had him all this time. We wish him the best in his retirement."
"I have worked with Dave Kyle for 20 years," Tucker County Clerk Sherry Simmons said. "We are friends and co-workers. Whenever we needed anything, Dave took care of it. He was more than just a maintenance man - he was our friend. He is going to be very missed and the new fellow coming in will have big shoes to fill.
"I cannot say enough about Dave Kyle," Simmons said. "I thank him for his years of service."
Kyle said he has enjoyed his years working at the courthouse.
"My favorite thing has been taking care of the old courthouse, especially the clock tower," Kyle said. "The tower is the oldest thing here and twice a week I would climb up to the tower and wind the clock. The mechanisms on the crank have about 300 pounds of weight. It is not easy, but I enjoy it."
Kyle said he will miss the people he works with.
"It will be rough not to see everyone everyday," Kyle said. "But I told them I would come back and visit."
Once he retires, Kyle said he will make time to do the things he wants to do.
"I will enjoy spending time in the country," Kyle said. "I like it out there. I will hunt and fish - I haven't had time to fish for years."
Kyle said he will also spend time with his grandson, who is 10 years old. He said he also has a 17-year-old granddaughter who lives in Pennsylvania, and he hopes to see her more as well.