October 6, 1943 ~ September 23, 2018
Richard Dean Ball, 74, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018 in Arlington. Memorial Service: 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29, at Rush Creek Christian Church, 2401 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington with Dr. Christopher Wilson officiating. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Rush Creek Christian Church and will be used to help support the Arlington Life Shelter. Richard was born October 6, 1943 at the Memorial Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma to Russell Franklin Ball and Dorothy Evelyn Streck Ball. He attended Woodrow Wilson grade school in Enid, Oklahoma; and when the family moved to Fulton, Missouri in 1951, he attended Fulton High until his junior year. Richard was active in football until he lost his right arm in a hunting accident. He became the football asst. manager and was very active. The family moved back to Enid in 1959 and he graduated from Enid High School in 1961. He graduated from Phillips University where he received his degree in business and accounting. Richard was employed at Champlin Petroleum Company/Union Pacific Resources for thirty plus years until retirement. He organized a monthly luncheon for retirees and former employees that meet the first Wednesday of the month. He was a devoted Oklahoma Sooner football fan and loved many sports including hunting and fishing. Richard was a great cook, and loved to BBQ. He made the best steaks in Texas. He also loved to attend concerts and plays, especially musicals. Richard belonged to Rush Creek Christian Church in Arlington where he was an active member. He regularly supported the Arlington Life Shelter ministry at church. He loved life and lived each day to the fullest despite his disability. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, and one great nephew, David Paul Thompson. Survivors: He is survived by brother, Dr. Russell Wayne Ball of San Luis Obispo, California; sister, Joyce Irene Ball Thompson of Keaau, Hawaii; nephew, Mark Ball and niece, Lisa Ball; nephews, Steve Thompson, Gary Thompson, Corey Thompson; niece, Sheryl Thompson Mudock; and 9 great-nephews and 5 great-nieces. He also leaves behind Connie Hull and many, many friends and family. He will be sorely missed by all and especially by his four-legged baby, Rex. Wade Family Funeral Home (817) 274-9233
I am sorry to read about the passing of
Richard.We think of it as a great tragedy. Richard has started his new life with Jesus now and has shed the troubles of this world as we know it. May the Lord bless each one of you and even though it is hard keep the faith we have to do it to sustain ourselves.