Sen. John Schickel remembers the life of former state Sen. Dick Roeding

10/10/2017 03:42 PM

FRANKFORT – Veteran lawmakers have spent this week remembering the life of former state Sen. “Dick” Roeding who died this past Friday at the age of 86.

Roeding served northern Kentucky’s 11th district from 1991 to 2009 and was Republican Whip from 1995 to 1996 and President Pro Tem from 2000 to 2004.

One current lawmaker who knew him best is current 11th district Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, who took Roeding’s place in the General Assembly after he retired.

“What really impressed me about Sen. Roeding was the way he lived his life,” Schickel said. “I got to meet with him just a few days before he died, and even then he was upbeat, thankful and optimistic knowing that he was going to pass soon.”

Schickel credits Roeding with turning the tide in northern Kentucky from being solidly Democratic when he was first elected to its present status as a Republican stronghold.

“The reason Democrats voted for Dick Roeding is that they liked him, they didn’t necessarily agree with him, but they liked him,” Schickel said. “He truly did care about people.”

Schickel credits Roeding for being a pioneer in championing legislation early on that didn’t get passed until the 2017 session, when Republicans had finally gained control of the House and Senate, as well as the governor’s office.

“Senator Roeding was talking about right-to-work, in fact, he was one of the original people that brought up and started the right-to-work charge,” Schickel said. “He really plowed that field long before any of us did.”

Schickel also credits Roeding for the fact that he’s in the Kentucky state Senate to begin with.

“When he decided to retire, he came to me and asked if I would be interested in running for his seat, and that was something that I was always interested in, but really, had it not been for Senator Roeding I wouldn’t be here today,” Schickel said. “It was very close, I only won by 24 votes, and he got out there every day and endorsed me.”

Visitation for Roeding will be Friday, October 13 from 4:00 until 7:00pm at Middendorf Funeral Home, 3312 Madison Pike in Ft. Wright. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:00am at Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell. Entombment will be at St. Mary Cemetery Mausoleum in Fort Mitchell.

In lieu of flowers, his family has requested donations to: The Dick and Nancy Roeding Family Scholarship Fund C/O Covington Catholic High School, 1600 Dixie Highway, Covington, Kentucky 41011-2797 or the St. Elizabeth Foundation (Cancer Care Fund) 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, Kentucky 41017, or DDCH Center for Children and Families, P.O. Box 17007, Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky 41017.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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