Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 hockey team donates $1,200 to daughter of missing apprentice

STICKING TOGETHER: Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562’s Mariano Colombo (in hockey jersey) and Brian McGrath present Kylie Loudermilk, 16, with a $1,200 donation from the union’s hockey team while Local 562 Business Manager John O’Mara presides over the meeting. Kylie’s father, Kenny Loudermilk who was a Local 562 apprentice, went missing last October after a paragliding accident. Search efforts continue. – Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 photo

Missouri Correspondent

The Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 hockey team donated its winnings from a recent charity hockey tournament to the daughter of a Local 562 apprentice who went missing last fall after a paragliding accident.

On Oct. 26, Kenny Lee Loudermilk, a fourth-year apprentice at Jarrell Mechanical Contractors, suited up for a scenic fall trip from Defiance to Hermann. Eyewitnesses say the single dad landed in the river just southeast of the Highway 47 Bridge in Washington and never resurfaced. After multiple search efforts, he is still missing.

Loudermilk’s only daughter, Kylie, attended Local 562’s Feb. 8 union meeting, which was on her 16th birthday, to accept the $1,200 donation. The teen, who lost her mother at age three, attended the meeting with her family.

Earlier this year, the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 hockey team faced off against the IBEW Local 1 hockey team in their second annual charity hockey tournament. Local 562 claimed bragging rights in the game and the two teams agreed to split the money and donate it to a cause near and dear to them.

“The hockey team couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give their portion to Kenny Loudermilk’s daughter,” Local 562 shared on its Facebook page. “Brother and sisterhood hits different in times like this. These are the times you stick together and come together stronger than ever. It’s truly amazing what everyone does in this local.”

The search for Loudermilk continues, and his family says they won’t stop searching until he’s brought home. Family and friends have set up a Go Fund Me account to help pay for search efforts, final expenses and to support Brother Loudermilk’s daughter. To donate, visit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top