Oldham Countians of the Year
at Oldham Chamber dinner
are only the second ever couple
to receive the award
Helen E. McKinney
PROSPECT, Ky. The look on Anne Murners
face said it all. She may have been surprised at the award she and her
husband, Duane, had just won, but residents of Oldham County were not.
and Duane Murner receive the Oldham Countian of the Year award
Nov. 12 from last years recipient Kevin Jeffries. The dinner
was held in Prospect.
We were both surprised and stunned, said Duane
Murner, 75, of receiving the Oldham Countian of the Year award as a
couple. I felt very honored by it.
Before their names were announced as the recipients of the award at
an Oldham County Chamber of Commerce dinner on Nov. 12 at Harmony Landing
Country Club, Duane said he had been preparing to make remarks
on behalf of a different person who I thought would be getting the award.
I was completely stunned, said Anne, 76. I thought
we were celebrating someone else.
The Murners are the perfect example of what the recognition was
set up to do, said Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of
the Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development. The Oldham
Countian of the Year Award was created to recognize individuals in the
community who give of themselves to make it a great place to live and
The Murners are only the second couple in the 49-year history of the
award to be honored with this recognition. Oldham County is a
community of tradition, and this tradition has lived for almost 50 years
by recognizing some of the most dedicated and talented visionaries across
the county, she said.
The couple moved to Oldham County in 1980, first settling in Crestwood
and then Prospect. Duane Murner was recruited to come to the area by
the company he worked for, Commonwealth Life Insurance Co. He was raised
in Chicago and South Dakota and attended school in the east, graduating
The Murners are heavily involved in many aspects of the community, each
with their own areas of interest. Duane Murner has been involved in
several organizations that I really feel good about, he
said. These include being on the board of Baptist Northeast hospital,
being active with the countys Development Authority and the Oldham
County Historical Society.
of the Year
Duane and Anne Murner
2011 Kevin Jeffries
2010 Kurt Vezner
2009 Dennis Johnson
2008 Gary Haupt
2007 Joe McWilliams
2006 George Parrish
2005 Lambert Franklin
2004 Fran Scott
2003 Barry & Bobbie Stoess
2002 Mary Broecker
2001 Kevin Eldridge
2000 W. Blake Haselton
1999 Jonathan Westbrook
1998 Joan Bryant
1997 Jim Zimmerman
1996 Bill Howard
1995 Steve Shultz
1994 Charles Dee Kelley
1993 Eddy Barber
1992 Robert A. Reid
1991 Dianne Earing
1990 Lee Clore
1989 Harold Smith
1988 Jim Hannah
1987 Dennis Deibel
1986 Gene Armstrong
1985 Bruce Hamilton
1984 A.L. Meacham
1983 Edward G. Houchin
1982 Howard Mahan
1981 Vivian Renhardt
1980 Dennis Fritz
1979 Robert Arvin
1978 Wendell Moore
1977 Arvel McMahan
1976 George F. Williamson
1975 Jim Chambers
1974 James A. Hall
1973 Richard Beard
1972 J.T. Walsh, M.D.
1971 Clayton Stoess Sr.
1970 Richard Radcliffe
1969 Charles F. Lambert
1968 Hiram Taylor
1967 Clyde Taylor
1966 Joe Tom Clifton
1965 Alton Ross
1964 Milton C. Stoess
He has been on the board of the South Oldham Fire Department,
served as an Oldham County Fiscal Court magistrate and is a past Oldham
County Judge-Executive. The latter accomplishment was a very special
chapter in my life, he said.
When it comes to serving others, his wife is not one to sit back and
let her husband do all of the work. Anne is involved in the Oldham County
Educational Foundation, is an Oldham County Public Library trustee and
joined the Crestwood Civic Club in the mid-1980s.
A good neighbor and friend invited me to join, she said
of her civic club involvement. Its quite an organization.
The club that will turn 100 years old in two years. It was a wonderful
way to be introduced to the community.
Their interests are varied and because of that they give of their
time, money, experience and selves to everything that makes Oldham County
special, said Karem. They treasure its history, its businesses,
its people, and its value system. And thats where they invest
their time, money and energy.
One involvement that is special to them both is their ties with Immaculate
Conception Church in La Grange. As faithful members, they each serve
on various committees and are very active, said Duane. The
couple also has 15 grandchildren that keep them on their toes.
They love this community, said Karem. If you know
anything about the Murners, you know they do everything at 110 percent.
Oldham County gets everything the Murners have to offer. They are very
generous people in every sense of the world.
It goes without saying, that we have been blessed all of our lives,
said Anne. We feel the need to return to the community what we
have been blessed with. Weve found a lot of wonderful causes to
Giving back to their community is just part of my genetic makeup,
said Duane. It should be an important part of anybodys life.
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