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Rolla Roy Richard, 1879 - 1957


Rolla Roy Richard, son of Samuel Curren and Ada (Shafer) Richard, was born in Chautauqua County, Kansas, September 17, 1879 and departed this life October 19, 1957 at the age of 78 years, one month and two days.

In 1895 he moved with his parents to Eastern Oklahoma and lived near Stillwater and Cushing before coming to what was then Day County in the Western part of the state where he homesteaded land in 1900. This was the Cheyenne-Arapaho country and the post office was located at Parkman.

On October 11, 1903 he was united in marriage to Edith Belle Drake at Cushing, Oklahoma, then came with his bride in a covered wagon to the new claim where he resided until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Edith, six children, twenty grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. The living children are Roy Rolla of Harmon, Ralph Woodrow of Woodward, Rollin Charles (Pat) of May, Robert Max of Oklahoma City, Ruby May (Mrs. George Wieden) and Ruth Marie (Mrs. Robert McClung) of Arnett. Two children, Rex Pershing and Reva Mildred (Mrs. Henry Branstetter) preceded him in death.

Other survivors include one brother, Sam Richard, Drummond, Oklahoma; three sisters, Mrs. Lulu Drake of Camargo, Mrs. Ella Allen of Centralia, Illinois, and Mrs. Anna Beltz of Garber, and many other relatives and friends.

"Roll", as he was known had always been active in the civic affairs of his community. Besides being a farmer and stockman, he served as mail carrier for several years at Parkman, Providence, Freta, and Cooley. He operated a store at Harmon for some twelve years and also worked for a number of years with the State Highway Department. He was a member of the Modern Woodman of America at Vici and of the Masonic Lodge at Arnett.

He was a member of the Church of Christ at Arnett where he attended when health permitted. The funeral was held at the Church of the Nazarene in Harmon, Monday, October 21, 1957 and he was laid to rest in the Harmon Cemetery on the corner of his original homestead.

Lloyd Bridges conducted the funeral services and the Shaw Funeral Home at Vici had charge of the burial.

Copied from a clipping that appeared in the Ellis County Capital newspaper.

Submitted by L. Richard, grandson of Rolla Roy Richard, formerly of Harmon, Oklahoma


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