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Richard Dyson

November 26, 1929 ~ January 29, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Richard Dyson Obituary

Louis Richard Dyson, 94, of Amarillo, TX passed away on Monday, January 29, 2024.

Richard was born November 29, 1929 in Wheeler County, Texas to C.C. and Ether Lee Dyson. When he first spotted Helen Childress across the room in the Briscoe, TX High School, he said, "I'm going to marry that girl!" They married on the day of his high school graduation and celebrated 75 years of marriage May 13, 2023.

Richard and Helen worked his family's farm in Mobeetie, TX for several years.  He then took a job with the power plant in Amarillo, which later relocated them for a short time to Roswell, NM.  Richard's dream of owning his own farm was realized in 1964 when he moved his wife and 4 children to Sayre, OK and became a dairy farmer.  Working hard was his favorite past time and he never stopped. In his 60s, while still farming, he became an EMT and drove the Sayre Ambulance for several years.  During this season, he and Helen purchased and operated the Sayre Retirement Center and Bud's American Cafe.  Age was never a barrier for the couple! In their 80s they opened Helen's Kitchen.  At the age of 87, Richard was on top of their home repairing the roof the day before he was to have back surgery.  The surgery did not go well, but he continued to command the room from a wheelchair the remainder of his life.

Richard came from a family of singers and had a beautiful voice.  He raised his children to be musical as well.  He was always active in church and had a special love for New Liberty Church.  He was an exceptional domino player and relished the ongoing competitiveness this created within his family.  He had a very generous heart and loved to help others.  Never drawing attention to himself, he gave secretly whenever he saw a need.  He loved listening to people share stories of their lives with him, and kept up with them, encouraging them to become the best version of themselves. He was passionate for life, for people and for a good debate! He finished strong! He moved into the offices of Heroes Home Care in September 2022 and was loved by every employee that had the honor to work with him. 

This spring, the family will post an invitation to a celebration of Richard's life in Mobeetie, TX. Afterwards, his ashes will be spread from his beloved hill he always viewed as home. Richard taught us how to live life - never stopping, never retiring - just reinventing ourselves. His main source of pride was his family.  He loved each member deeply and was incredibly proud to call them his own.  In honor of this, each are listed by name below. He and Helen raised five children and cherished the life they shared with their large family that included 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. They would all gather in a circle each holiday and hold hands.  Before praying, feigning disbelief, Richard would shake his head and turn to Helen and say, "Oh, Mama! Look at what we've done!" 

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Nelson Dyson, R.H. Dyson, and Bill Dyson; five brothers-in-law, Fat Childress, Bo Childress, Red Childress, Lindon Sanders, and Buz Bresciani; four sisters-in-law, Shirley Dyson, Carol Beth Remy, Brenda Childress and Martha Childress.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; three daughters, Janice Berry (Clifford) of Sayre, OK, Brenda Gooch (Chuck) of Yukon, OK, and Kim Dyson May (Stephen, plus 3 bonus granddaughters, their husbands and 3 children) of Amarillo, TX; two sons, Rick Dyson (Darlene) of Hydro, OK, and Russell Dyson of Ripley, OK; a brother, Dale Dyson (Carol) of Pampa; four sisters-in-law, Betty Dyson of Houston, TX, Wynola Sanders of Pampa, TX, Joann Bresciani of Crowley, TX, and Wanda Childress of Briscoe, TX; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Childress of Wheeler, TX; many nieces and nephews; 17 grandchildren, Michelle Ramsey, Stacy Berry, Nikki Zybach, Kevin Zybach (Katie), Alicia Pool (Chris), Kyle Patterson (Kelsey), Tammy Bailey (Chris), Christina Easter (Brandon), Cindy Helton (Mark), Matthew Dyson (Tiffany), Rory Dyson, Lakyn Webb (Sam), Rusty Dyson (Hans Lee), Lincoln Youree (Betsy), Jilian Youree, Alexandria Glendenning (Dillan) and Isaac Youree; great-grandchildren, Tristen Berry, Hagen Simon, Avery Simon, Brookelyn Simon, Breanna Simon, Logan Troxell, Keller Troxell, Hanah Troxell, Colton Troxell, Ava Sturgeon, Michael Zybach, Gunnar Zybach, Finn Zybach, Kole Patterson, Kash Patterson, Destiney Bailey, Braden Bailey (Kelsey), Nevin Bailey, Emily Easter, Laney Easter, Callie Helton, Brock Helton, Katy Helton, Mackenzie Helton, Louis Dyson (Richard's recent namesake), Lynn Dyson, Aubrey Bulla, Theodore Glendenning, and Aniston Glendenning; three great-great-grandchildren, Conner Berry, Jaxton Price, and Millie Bailey.

The family would like to extend special thanks to all the employees and caregivers at Heroes Home Care who have loved him and Helen so well.

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