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Richard Ray Dryden, son of David Isaac and Velta Evon (Turner) Dryden, was born on June 22, 1942. He passed from this life February 12, 2015, at the Woodward Hospital at the age of 72 years, 7 months, and 21 days. Richard was raised on the Dryden Family farm east of Vici, Oklahoma, and attended Sunnyside Country school, Mutual Public school, and in the third grade, transferred to the Vici Public school, graduating with the Class of 1962. He enjoyed playing basketball and baseball during his school years. After graduating, he stayed in Vici, opening his own auto mechanic shop. Richard married Janice Anderson and one son, Rich, was born to this union. In 2006, Richard accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior, and was baptized by Bill Eaton and attended the Vici First Christian Church. He enjoyed going to church and taking part in the social times, especially the dinners. Richard took to heart Jesus’ words about loving his neighbors, and was always ready and willing to help wherever he could. Richard served 20 years on the Vici Fire Dept. and was a charter member of the Vici Lions Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting; having coffee with Rich; Thanksgiving gatherings at Rich and Rhonda’s; but the best thing was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his parents David and Velta Dryden, sisters Judy Pauls and Davena Dryden, nieces Marla Pauls and Melanie Brosh, and nephew Peter Pauls. He is survived by his son Rich Dryden and wife Rhonda of Vici, OK; grandchildren MyKalia Capps and husband Jeff, Brett Dryden and BreeAunna Dryden; great-grandchildren BrayLeigh, Annie Mae, and Whitney; brother Frank Dryden of Yukon, OK; sisters Phyllis Hixson and husband Henry of Woodward, OK, and Patricia Clements of Alva, OK; two aunts, Nadine Dryden Jones and Louise Turner Smith; nieces, Kelly Hixson Smith, Melodie Brosh Calloway, Melissa Ryan, Johna Dryden and Tammie Dryden; nephews, Rich Hixson, Scott Dryden Thompson, Ches Brosh; other family and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Monday February 16, 2015 at 11:00 am at the First Christian Church, Vici, Oklahoma with burial following in Sunnyside Cemetery, Vici, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family & Memorial Tribute viewed at shawfuneralhome.net. Shaw Funeral Home of Vici
Published on  February 17, 2015
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