Judge Larry D. Raikes, 73, of Bardstown, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown.
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He was born Aug. 1, 1939, in New Market, graduated from LaRue County High School in 1956, the University of Kentucky in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in political science, and University of Kentucky 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 the unexpired term of Judge Charles Richardson as the 10th judicial circuit judge in 1983. He was elected 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 more than 2,000 cases per year for several years. In 2000, he was voted Outstanding Judge of the Year by the 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 a member of Bloomfield United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Hartford Raikes and mother, Elizabeth Raikes.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Shehan Raikes; two sons, Ryan Raikes and Rob Offutt, both of Bardstown; sister, Beverly (Leonard) Ackerson of Hodgenville, and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Barlow Funeral Home, with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery in Bloomfield. Dr. Rick Loader and the Rev. Jim Hitt are officiating.
Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Barlow Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may go to Bloomfield United Methodist Church's maintenance fund.
Barlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The News-Enterprise on September 2, 2012