June 17, 2013

Raymond Leon "DeDa" Richie

— Raymond Leon "DeDa" Richie, 65, of Duncan passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Duncan Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Chisholm Trail Church of Christ with Dr. Steve Gregg officiating.  Burial will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday at  Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha, under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.  There will be a final viewing on Wednesday morning, 8-9:30 a.m. in the FEA parlor of the Chisholm Trail Church of Christ. The family will congregate there prior to services.

Ray was born May 1, 1948 at Chickasha to Joseph H. & Mildred (Gill) Richie.  He graduated from Chickasha High School in 1966, attended Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts 1966-1967 and Southwestern Oklahoma State University 1967-1970.  He married Phyllis Wilkins on Dec. 20, 1969 at the College Chapel in Chickasha.  He was a member of Chisholm Trail Church of Christ, participated in a local bowling league and was active in the planting of the "Rose Buds" along 17th Street in Chickasha.

Raymond retired from Mobil Oil Co. as a Technical Supervisor and then went to work for the Duncan Public School System as their Maintenance/Custodian Supervisor.  At his retirement from DPS, he was custodian at Plato Elementary School.

Ray is survived by his wife Phyllis of the home; children Mia (Marion) Edwards of Arlington, Texas and Philip Douglas Richie of Chickasha; daughter-in-law Jessica Martinez and Stacy Richie of Duncan; brothers: Mamsa "Larry" Islam and wife Syedah "Joy" of Oklahoma City and Timothy Richie of Chickasha; sisters: Marilyn (Alphonso) Jacobs of Florence SC and Eileen Steadman of Oklahoma City; grandchildren: Kira Richie of Arlington, Texas, Bryson Richie, Alyssa Richie and Alexus Richie of Duncan; "bonus" grandchildren: Camdon Richie, Kyla and Deonta Hartsfield of Duncan;   mother-in-law: Marjorie Moore, brothers-in-law: Earl Wilkins, Clavor Wilkins, Albert (Rhonda) Moore, sister-in-law: Anita Bostic of Chickasha, OK,  uncles: Henry (Sarah) Gill of Columbia, MD, Lonnie (Ruth) Kemp of Wichita, Kan. and Karl Kemp of Okmulgee; aunts: Alfretta Gill of Oklahoma City, Rita (Robert) Maloney  of Chickasha, Clydia Parker of Lawton, Mary Kemp of Wichita, Kan. and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Donald Richie & Scott Richie.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Lassley, Steven Zamarripa, Harold Irby, Johnny Bradley, DeWayne Rochell and Robert Maloney.  Honorary bearers will be Mamsa Islam, Timothy Richie, Keith Singleterry, Willie Bryant, LeRoy Taylor and Tim Blazer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Duncan Public School Foundation.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

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