In Memoriam: Leo C. Pike Jr., Fort Knox FCU Chairman
Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Radcliff, Ky., announced the death of Leo C. Pike Jr., a long-time member, employee and volunteer. Command Sergeant Major Pike (U.S. Army Retired) served Fort Knox Federal for more than 50 years as a volunteer, professional staff member and leader. He was the credit union’s first active duty military member when membership was expanded to include military as well as civilians in 1960.
As a volunteer, Pike served on credit and supervisory committees as well as the board of directors, serving the first of three terms as chairman of the board in 1964. Upon his retirement from the active duty military, he held several positions on the professional staff, including operations manager, compliance officer and marketing director during his 16 years of employment. After his retirement from Fort Knox Federal’s staff, he returned as an active volunteer serving in several capacities as a member and officer on the board.
Active in the credit union movement for more than 50 years, Pike served as the Army representative on Defense Credit Union Council for nine years and was inducted into the Defense Credit Union Council’s Hall of Honor in 2002 and in 2008 he was inducted into the U.S. Army Transportation Corps Hall of Fame. He was also honored as Director of the Year in 1994 by the Credit Union Executives Society and the Directors Education Forum. And in 1992, he received the Steve Brody Outstanding Volunteer Award for his many accomplishments in support of credit union ideals among Kentucky credit unions.
“Leo was part of the very fabric of Fort Knox Federal from the beginning. He forged much of what this credit union is today through his leadership as a member, volunteer and employee. We all owe him a great deal, and he will be profoundly missed,” said Bill Rissel, president/CEO of Fort Knox Federal.