Judge Larry D. Raikes, 73, of Bardstown, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. He was born Aug. 1, 1939, in New Market, graduated from Larue County High School in 1956, U of K in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in political science, and U of K Law School in 1962 with a Juris Doctorate. He opened his first law practice in 1962 in Hodgenville, where he practiced 20 years and served as LaRue County Attorney beginning in 1969 for two terms. He was appointed by Gov. John Y. Brown to finish out the unexpired term of Judge Charles Richardson as the 10th judicial circuit judge in 1983. He was elected to circuit judge in 1983 and ran unopposed until his retirement in 2002 after which he took Senior Judge Status until 2008. As circuit judge in Nelson, Hart, and LaRue Counties, he carried the heaviest case load in the state, exceeding over 2,000 cases per year, for several years. In 2000 he was voted Outstanding Judge of the Year by KATA (Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys) and received the Henry Pennington Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award. After retirement in 2008 he joined the Law Firm of Fulton, Hubbard & Hubbard where he practiced law until his death. He was on the committee to build the Nelson County Justice Center, and member of Bloomfield United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Hartford Raikes; and his mother, Elizabeth Raikes. Survivors include his wife, Julie Shehan Raikes; two sons, Ryan Raikes and Rob Offutt, both of Bardstown; a sister, Beverly (Leonard) Ackerson, of Hodgenville; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Barlow Funeral Home, with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bloomfield. Dr. Rick Loader and the Rev. Jim Hitt officiated. Memorial contributions may go to Bloomfield United Methodist Church, Maintenance Fund. Barlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Kentucky Standard from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7, 2012