Apr 14 2017

Former Spirit of St. Louis Airport Director Dick Hrabko Has Died


Richard Hrabko (Dick), the former Chief Executive at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, passed away today at the age of 78.

Mr. Hrabko was the first employee ever hired at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport as an Air Traffic Controller. He became airport manager in 1969, and was the Chief Executive from 1971-2007.

Mr. Hrabko was also the Airport Director at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport from 2007-2010.

“Dick’s contributions to the world of aviation are well known,” County Executive Steve Stenger said. “Dick was also very involved in our community and he will be missed by the countless people he worked with and mentored over the years.

After flooding in 1993 destroyed Spirit Airport and the surrounding properties, Mr. Hrabko was charged with the task of restoring the property in a minimal amount of time.

Eighty days after the flood, Spirit of St. Louis Airport was back in operation. Within six months the airport was completely restored.

Mr. Hrabko received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Missouri Airport Managers Association for his dedication, leadership and support of aviation.

Mr. Hrabko is survived by his wife Cindy, three grown children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral arrangements are pending.