Ron Filkins, the publisher of Bardstown's Kentucky Standard, died June 25 in his Bardstown home. He was 57.
Mr. Filkins had worked with Landmark Community Newspapers, which owns the Kentucky Standard, since 1996. He started with the company in Tell City, Ind., at the Perry County News and moved to the Kentucky Standard in 2002.
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Kentucky Standard Editor Lisa Tolliver said she and members of the Standard's staff considered Mr. Filkins to be not only a boss, but also a friend.
“He would do anything for anybody, but he was always a newspaper man,” she said. “He was also deeply involved in the community, he loved Bardstown, he loved his job, he loved the people he worked with. I don't think the man ever had a bad day.”
In addition to his job as publisher of the three-times-a-week Kentucky Standard, Mr. Filkins also served on the boards of the Kentucky Press Association, Kentucky Child Now, the Stephen Foster Drama Association and Nelcasa Inc., a program that works with abused and neglected children.
Landmark Community Newspapers regional director Don Porterfield called Mr. Filkins' death a “crushing loss.”
“The people who reported to Ron loved the fact that he was always happy and his door was always open,” Porterfield said. “He was always promoting his people, he thought really well of people. I consider him a good friend and an outstanding journalist.”
Mr. Filkins is survived by a wife, Kathleen; daughter, Rachel Turner of Ashland; a brother, sister and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mann and Greenwell Funeral home in Bardstown. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Rotunda of My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown.