William R. Averdick was the Captain of Courts for the Kenton County Sheriff's Department. The Villa Hills resident was was highly respected throughout the commonwealth for his work establishing security protocols at the Kenton County Justice Center in Covington.
"He was good at keeping the peace. He believed he was making a contribution to society," said his wife, Joan Lampke Averdick of Villa Hills. "He was a good friend. He was there every step of the way with you. He was loyal and trustworthy and always believed in doing the right thing."
Captain Averdick died unexpectedly from heart failure on Saturday, May 18, at his home. He was 52.
"Bill was the epitome of public service. Our office had a close working relationship with the sheriff's office and he would go out of his way to be of good use to my office and all citizens of Kenton County," said Kenton Circuit Clerk John Middleton. "He will certainly be missed in the whole Kenton County courthouse."
Middleton last spoke to Captain Averdick when he offered a car ride to a deputy clerk who was out walking when it started raining.
Captain Averdick started out as a volunteer firefighter
with the Fort Wright Fire Department when he was 17. He volunteered for the Park Hills Fire Department and then worked as a part-time police officer
. He attended the police academy and has worked with the Kenton County Sheriff's office since 1985.
According to Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn, at the time when the justice center was completed, a local television news station decided to test how tight the security was in the region's courthouses. The justice center was the only one noted by the station as being a facility they could not breach. Korzenborn said he was proud and gave all the credit to Captain Averdick, who was often consulted by other state agencies for his expertise.
"Captain Averdick had three priorities: His God, his family and his profession," Korzenborn said. "If an earthquake had hit the justice center, he would have tried to explain to me why it was his fault."
His daughter, Katie Averdick, said he was cool, loving and funny. She joked that she was pretty sure her friends came over to their house just to "hang out" with him more than her.
"He was down to earth and put things in perspective," said his son, Matthew Averdick.
Along with his wife and children, survivors include his mother, Esther Sommerkamp Averdick of Fort Wright; brothers, Mike Averdick of Covington, Steve and Joe Averdick of Fort Wright and Gary Averdick of Ryland Heights.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. today, May 21, at Middendorf Funeral Home, Fort Wright. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mother of God Church, Covington.
Memorials: Matthew and Katie Averdick Education Fund, any Fifth Third Bank; Notre Dame Urban Education Fund, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills, KY 41011; or Heartt Animal Rescue, 11354 Reading Road, Sharonville, OH 45241.
Online condolences to www.middendorf-funeralhome.com.