By Shawn Stinson
A former Pendleton County commissioner and a longtime member of the Pendleton County Board of Parks will be honored for his work and dedication to the park.
Bob Armentrout, who died on Jan. 22, will be recognized for his work involving Ruddle Park as well as the creation of a veterans’ memorial at the park. The ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the park.
Armentrout originally joined the board of parks in 2006 when he was serving as a county commissioner. He remained on the board following his six-year term in office.
Gene Boggs, a member of the county board of parks, said Armentrout got the inspiration to create the memorial from the Highland County Courthouse in Monterey, Virginia. There are bricks on a sidewalk with the names of Highland County’s veterans.
“He sold the bricks for the memorial,” Boggs said.
Boggs added as part of the ceremony, a plaque will be placed at the memorial to acknowledge Armentrout’s work at the park and the memorial. Armentrout was serving as president of the board at the time of his death.
“It wasn’t hardly anything to it to start with,” Boggs said.
Boggs added bricks are available to purchase for any veteran for $40. If interested in purchasing a brick, contact him at 304-358-7982.