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Richard Dale Newberry, 81, a longtime resident of Eldorado, Oklahoma passed away Sunday,
November 13, 2022, at his home.
Richard was born August 3, 1941, on the family farm just west of Eldorado, Oklahoma to Leo Thomas
and Carrie Rhea Newberry. He attended Frederick high school from 1955 through 1959. During this
time, he played on the “Team of Legends” and won several state championships. They were the first
integrated football team in the state of Oklahoma. Following his high school graduation, Richard
attended the University of Central Oklahoma and received a bachelor’s degree in distributive
education. Upon his graduation, Richard worked as a high school teacher for one year in Tahlequah,
Oklahoma. Richard decided after that year teaching wasn’t for him, but soon he found his calling as a
wholesale grocery salesman. He worked for L.D. Jones in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for many years. In
July of 1976, Richard went to cash a check at his bank and fell in love with the bank teller, Donna Boyd.
They would have a short courtship before being united in marriage on November 5, 1976. In 1991, the
Newberry family relocated to Idaho, after Richard received an offer to work for CNC Wholesales.
Upon his retirement, the Newberry family returned home to Eldorado, Oklahoma in 2015.
Richard was a godly man of faith and a follower of Jesus Christ. His dedication to the Lord started at a
very young age. At the age of eight, Richard was saved at a tent revival at the First Baptist Church of
Eldorado and was baptized in Sandy Creek on the Thompson Farm. Richard and Donna helped found a
Baptist church in Athol, Idaho where they moved to. He served his church in every way he could, by
serving on numerous boards, being a bible study teacher, and helping his fellow Christians in any way
he could. In his free time, he enjoyed playing forty- two, spoons, teasing his friends and relatives,
boating, and reading his bible but most of all he enjoyed being around his family.
Richard leaves a legacy of kindness, devotion to his family, and a deep love for his savior Jesus Christ.
Receiving Richard at the gates of heaven are his parents, Leo Thomas and Carrie Rhea
(Crume)Newberry; son, Donald Mallow, and brother Kenneth Wayne Newberry and several cousins,
aunts and uncles to whom he was extremely close.
Left to honor Richard’s memory are his loving wife of forty- six years Donna Newberry; daughters, Jean
Ann Newberry, Angela Dawn Staton and husband Scott; grandchildren, Cole Staton and wife Michaela,
Kennedy Staton, Jonathon Mallow; great-grandchildren, Jacob Mallow, Joseph Hays, Charlotte Hays.
Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2022, at Lowell – Tims Funeral Home,
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2022, at The First Baptist
Church of Eldorado.
In Lieu of flowers please make donations to The Food Bank; In Care of the First Baptist Church of Eldorado
Services have been entrusted to Lowell-Tims Funeral Home and Crematory, Altus, Oklahoma.
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