Cundiff, Richards say goodbye to Casey Bank

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By Donna Carman

They’ve been a fixture at the Casey County Bank for a combined 86 years, but on Dec. 31, two long-time employees said goodbye.
David Cundiff and Brenda Richards put on brave faces during a lunch in their honor, but both said it was tough saying goodbye to friends and co-workers who have been like their families for a very long time.
“It’s like a second home to you, it’s like your family. It really is,” Richards said, adding that she had been teary-eyed most of the day.
Richards, who turned 64 only four days before her retirement, and Cundiff, 66, said they will miss working at the Casey County Bank “something terrible.”
Both have projects in mind that will keep them busy, but say it’s going to be an adjustment not coming to the bank nearly every day.
Cundiff, who wrapped a 47-year career, leaves as a vice president and loan officer, a position he’s held for more than 30 years.
“I’ve been everything (at the bank) except president, and Mark (Wolford, president/CEO) might let me be that for half a day,” Cundiff joked.
Cundiff said he started working at the Casey County Bank when he was 19, and it was only his second job.
“At that time, I had only worked in a body shop for Addison Coffey,” he said.
Richards spent 39 years at the Casey Bank and leaves as a teller and assistant cashier. She also served as the branch manager at the bank’s downtown location on Middleburg Street in Liberty for 26 years.
“This has been such a big part of my life,” she said.
Before Richards came to the Casey County Bank, she worked for State Auto Insurance in Louisville for four years.
At their party, Cundiff and Richards were both presented with cakes and gifts.
Richards received a set of Michelangelo silverware, which she said she “had wanted for years” as well as “very nice” gift certificate to Dowell’s Furniture.
Cundiff was honored with a floor nailer, an air compressor, and nails, which he plans to put to good use right away on his daughter’s house.
“I’m going to do Tammy’s floors as they’re building a new house,” he said of daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Joe Gossage.
Cundiff thinks his wife, Beverly, will probably have some “honey-do’s” for him, and he can always take the grandsons, William, 10, and Thomas, 7, fishing.
And there will also be more time for son, Neal, and his wife, Georgeanne, and their extended family of two children and two grandchildren.
Richards wasn’t sure what she would do right away.
“I’ve got so much to do, I don’t know where to start,” Richards said of her future plans.
But she does plan to make her family a priority, and that includes more time with her grandchildren, Hannah, 12, and Kyle, 9, along with her son and daughter-in-law, Byron and Rhonda Humphrey.
Cundiff said whatever the future brings, he knows he will always be doing something.
“I’m going to do all those things I haven’t had time to do in the last 47 years,” he said. “Things like fishing, hobbies, whatever I want to do. I’m going to stay busy.”
Wolford said the two leave big shoes to fill.
“David was always at our bank’s community events, whether it be a tailgate party at the high school, or the Christmas Celebration downtown,” Wolford said. “I do not know how many years he cooked pancakes for the Kiwanis Club on election day .... and he worked many hours on getting the electric train going (in the window) at the Raspberry Zebra.”
Wolford said Cundiff’s dedication to the bank, and the community, came from the heart, and so does Richards’.
“Like David, she knew what serving her community meant,” Wolford said. “As I can recall, I never remember her missing a single event. Her commitment to the bank and to her community came from the heart as well.”
Wolford said he will miss both Cundiff and Richards.
“Brenda was always laughing about something. Since I have worked here, I have kidded her on an almost daily basis,” he said. “And with David, there was never a dull moment. We had some good times.”