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Rick Richard

Rick Richard, 70 of Dover, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Oklahoma Heart Institute in Tulsa, OK. He was born September 11, 1949 in Lafayette, Louisiana to Elton and Helen Richard. 

Rick was a U S Army Veteran and served proudly in Vietnam. During his working life, he spent 35 years as a gymnastics coach and owner of Clarksville Gymnastics. He was also co-owner of R&R Milling along side his son, Rick Richard II. Rick was a master of many trades. His hobbies included woodworking, horse training, canoeing, hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding and camping. He especially loved to spend time with his loving family. Besides his many accomplishments, his family and friends will always remember him by sitting on the back porch drinking red wine from a mason jar. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Barry Richard and great-grandson, Brantley Avery. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Elaine Richard of Dover; two children, Bridget Knowlton & William of Muskogee, OK., Rick Richard II & Cristin of Clarksville; five grandchildren, Erika Avery & Blake of Muskogee, OK., Spencer Scott of Muskogee, OK., Ryan Scott & Taylor of Pottsville, Leah Richard of Clarksville, Kyle Skelton of Arkoma, OK; great - grandchildren, Kylar, Koltyn, Jordyn and Adelyne all of Muskogee; siblings, Anita Roff, Wanda Lowe, Jason Richard and Terry Jordan all of Iowa; several other nieces, nephews, family and friends.   

The family would like to say a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Oklahoma Heart Institute. 

A celebration of life will be 2PM Friday, November 8, 2019 officiated by Minister Jake Chism at Russellville Family Funeral in Russellville, AR. Arrangements are under the direction of Russellville Family Funeral.   

Obituary and online guestbook are available at www.russellvillefamilyfuneral.com .

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Elaine "Mimi" , So sorry to have found this obit for Ricky. This is Deb Klein. We (Don, Deb, and Laurie) lived upstairs from you, Ricky, and Bridgett in Lawton, OK. Rick and Don were at stationed at Ft Sill. I often think of you guys, especially when there's a hurricane headed for Sunset which is what prompted my search today. Sincere condolences to you, Bridgett, and Ricky II. Take care of each other. Deb - Seattle

Deb Klein Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

Rick was a major influence in my young life. He was an amazing gymnastics coach who taught us all the skills both physically and mentally that we need to succeed. He had a way of coaching in which he could correct and critique without putting you down. He was one of the first to believe that I could be a champion and supported me even after I no longer did gymnastics. He has probably saved countless athletes from major injury over his years of coaching without even being acknowledged! He was skilled at many things and took the time to share his life with his students. You will be missed.

Christi Welcher(Eckart) Nov 8 2019 12:00 AM

A Purple Radiance was sent on November 7, 2019

Rick we will miss you. Many memories of Melissa and Jared Lee in gymnastics. May the Lord comfort those you left behind with loving thoughts when you will all be united again in Gods Kingdom. Ron and Cheryl Lee

Expression of Sympathy Nov 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rick Richard

Chelsea Emery Nov 6 2019 12:00 AM

My heart hurts for you. Rick was an incredible man. I have such wonderful memories of bringing the kids up to visit you both. You are in my prayers.

Shelly K. Reutter (Chelsea, Scott, & Peyton) Nov 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rick Richard

Shelly K. Reutter (Chelsea, Scott, & Peyton) Nov 6 2019 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Nov 5 2019 12:00 AM

A Petals Aglow was sent on November 4, 2019

Elaine, Auntie B, Erika & Family The Lord gained a beautiful soul. I pray the days to come bring peace and comfort to you all. Love Cortney Weissenburger & Family

Expression of Sympathy Nov 4 2019 12:00 AM

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