Ruth and Robert Munro celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kenmore Air.
Photo by Karen Diefendorf/Woodinville Weekly.
by Karen Diefendorf
Kenmore Air Harbor had its beginnings June 1, 1946, with one airplane and a hangar at a deserted lumber mill on a wooded, swampy site at the north end of Lake Washington.
After 50 years, the company is still located there and is still under the leadership of Robert Munro. But the single airplane has grown to 20 planes that log over 2 million air miles a year, serving more than 50,000 passengers.
On June 1, Munro and his wife Ruth invited the public to help them celebrate their 50 years in business.
Scenic flights were a popular highlight of the day with proceeds going to the KLSY Teddy Bear Patrol and local charities.
Congratulations were sent to the Munros from Gov. Mike Lowry, and the Metropolitan King County Council declared the day Kenmore Air Day.
Robert and Ruth Munro were overwhelmed by the turnout at the celebration. "We just have a lot of gratitude for our customers and empoyees," they said.
The Munros are also proud to point out that now with the employment of grandson Todd Banks, three generations of the family work for Kenmore Air.