Dearborn County Commissioner Kevin Lynch, “A Tremendous Leader,” Dies
By Mike Perleberg
Dearborn County Commissioner Kevin Lynch died on Thursday, December 14. File photo.
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – One of southeastern Indiana’s greatest cheerleaders has died.
Dearborn County Commissioner Kevin Lynch died Thursday, December 14 following a five-year battle with cancer. He was 56.
Through the cancer diagnosis, Lynch served as a county commissioner for five years. In 2015, he became the first Hoosier to serve as president of the OKI Regional Council of Governments, an influential role he held for two years.
Lynch’s wife of 27 years, City of Greendale Clerk-Treasurer Joey Lynch, and son Michael were at his side as he passed.
“Kevin was a wonderful father and my best friend,” Joey told Eagle Country 99.3.
“Kev’s last breaths even on pain medication were talking about Dearborn County, OKI and having me read his emails to him. He truly loved life, community and all the challenges put in from of him which helped him to continue his fight with cancer. Michael and I miss him dearly and he will forever live in our hearts.”
A friendly personality helped endear Lynch to many who knew him. His demeanor helped to propel him into positions where he was glad to trumpet southeastern Indiana’s best attributes. In an April 2016 letter to constituents, he asserted that Dearborn County’s “stock is rising.”
“This is a great time for Dearborn County! But we must continue to work hard and smarter to prepare ourselves for all the great things to come, all that we are destined to become,” he said.
Lynch had been private about his cancer battle, but his chair was glaringly vacant at county commissioners meetings over the past few months. Fellow county commissioner Shane McHenry says he’ll miss a friend with whom it was a privilege serving Dearborn County.
“Kevin was a tremendous leader who inspired us all to be better people and there is no doubt I’m a better person today because of Kevin’s influence and friendship. I am very proud of the things we have been able to accomplish together. My heart goes out to Joey, Michael and the entire family,” McHenry said.
KEvin Lynch speaks at the 2015 OKI Regional Council of Governments annual luncheon hosted in Lawrenceburg. File photo.
Lynch won the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce’s Lauren Hill Award recognizing his community service this past November. Due to his health, he could not be there in person to accept the award, but McHenry spoke on his behalf.
Visitation for Kevin Lynch will be held Wednesday from 5:00 until 8:00 at Fitch Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg. Final services will take place Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church.
The Lynch family has asked that memorial donations be made to Dearborn County EMS.
The Dearborn County Republican Party has not yet announced plans for a caucus to fill Lynch’s seat on the Board of County Commissioners.
Kevin Lynch shakes hands with Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on a 2016 visit to Lawrenceburg. File photo.