Last month Gettysburg Battlefield Tours said goodbye to their beloved president, Ken Rhorbaugh, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 67. Ken was an excellent president but more importantly, a kind and generous man who was admired, respected and loved by all in the Gettysburg community. He was known for many things but perhaps the most recognized was his character which was deep rooted in integrity and love. Character that was perhaps best summed up by Max Felty, Gettysburg Group Reservations Manager, when he shared that he “had never met a man so accomplished – yet humble – who was compassionate towards not only his employees but everyone he met. He worked so hard, never letting anything get in his way, whether closing big deals or taking time to get his hands dirty under one of the Gettysburg buses.” It is only fitting that a man of such deep compassion and humility is also remembered for his smile – a smile that no one could resist returning.
The amount of people coming forward with stories about Ken is immense and we want to pass on a few of our favorites. Dawn Myers knew and worked with Ken for over 15 years. “He would always take the time to listen and offer advice and to lend a helping hand if needed. (He was) a special person, friend and great boss. One thing in particular comes to mind is that he had a dog named Sassy which he dearly loved. I found the dog inside the little gate to my apartment. I gave it food and water and got Ken. He came down with a leash and collar and the two became inseparable. “
Joe Svehla, of Ghostly Images, remember Ken fondly. “I’ve held a number of jobs since I first began working in 1969 and there is no doubt that working For Ken the past nine years have been the most rewarding. He was never the “BOSS”. He was a friend, an inspiration and a role model. His genuine concern for all the employees was unsurpassed. Someone like Ken rarely comes along in our lives; we should all be thankful and proud that we were granted an opportunity to know him. Ken will be missed!”
As we mourn the loss of a great, great man, we are also inspired. Ken’s life was one full of purpose and love. Every day, to him, was a gift and an opportunity to touch the lives of others. While each of us within Gettysburg Battlefield Tours will miss Ken, we also celebrate him by striving to live our lives as he did – with purpose, humility and compassion.