On Sept. 18 in Wichita, the League of Kansas Municipalities bestowed on Kenneth “KR” Roy a 50-year award for service to the state of Kansas.
Roy, the oldest son of the late John and Olive Roy, grew up in rural Stockton and attended school at “old” Webster (now located under the Webster Dam.)
After high school, he worked at the Abe Schneider Ranch west of Stockton from 1953 to 1967.
He worked for two years part-time as deputy officer and police officer in Stockton from 1965 to 1967.
Beginning in 1967, he worked for the City of WaKeeney and served as reserve officer, police officer and chief of police for 29 years.
As an active supporter of law enforcement, Roy has participated in several associations and committees and held offices including president of Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police; member of the Police Award Committee of the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Advisory Committee; and Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee of the Office of U.S. States Attorneys.
His work commitment comes from a strong desire to see his community and nation thrive. He has contributed by serving on the security team of the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta; as Kansas Hunter Safety instructor; member of WaKeeney Lions Club; member of Trego County Ambulance Service as EMT; member of Christ the King Catholic Church; and a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member.
He assisted with the development of a new city park, including a swimming pool, large picnic shelter house, two gazebo shelters and two separate play areas.
In addition, he has served on the city council for eight years. He is mayor of WaKeeney.
One of his most rewarding experiences was securing five life sentence convictions of Francis Don Nemechek, a notorious serial killer.
As a role model to many, Roy encourages younger generations to work in municipalities and becoming involved in government. The city council now has an average of 25 students regularly attending city council meetings with hopes of growing that number.
He and his wife, Ruth Jackson Roy, have been married 64 years. Their daughter, Joyce and Rudy Lawson, live in Erie, Colo. Roy and his wife have three granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
Roy’s six remaining siblings are Roger Roy, and Cheryl Calvin, (Stockton); Rodney (Hays); Fr. Duane Roy, OSB (Mineiros, Goias, Brazil); Joan Rader, (Littleton, Colo.); and Linda Cross (Tucson, Ariz.)