Richard Dale Humphrey

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY -

Sept. 20, 1935 April 7, 2018 Richard Dale Humphrey passed away April 7, 2018, at the age of 82.

Richard, or Dick as he was known to fam­ily and friends, was born Septem­ber 20, 1935, in Jo­plin, Mis­souri.

Dick was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, E.O. and Vir­ginia Humphrey; granddaughter, Erin Les­lie Hook; and five sib­lings, Bill, Bob, Don, Jeanne and Mary Lynn.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 58 years, Joan; and three chil­dren, Robin Hook (Ron), Bruce Humphrey (Karen) of St. Joseph and Doug Humphrey of Jo­plin; six grand­chil­dren, Ryan (Sydni) Hook, Ja­cob Humphrey of St. Joseph, Steph Humphrey of Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico, Brit­tany Han­ing of Nashville, Ten­nessee, Dal­ton Humphrey and Richard “Drake” Humphrey of Pitts­burg, Kansas; four great-grand­chil­dren, Erin Quinn and Sam Hook soon to be joined by sis­ter Claire, Ju­lian Han­ing; and one sib­ling, a brother, Ross Humphrey, of Jo­plin.

Dick was a mem­ber of the King Hill Chris­tian Church in St. Joseph, Mis­souri. Pre­vi­ously, he had been a mem­ber of the Carter­ville Chris­tian Church in Carter­ville, Mis­souri, and the Bella Vista Com­mu­nity Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Dick had also been a mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club and Elks Lodge in Jo­plin.

Dick grad­u­ated from Jo­plin High School in 1953 where he was a three-sport ath­lete let­ter­ing in foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, and tennis. He was the stu­dent coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent, at­tended Boy’s State and was voted “Most Pleas­ing Per­son­al­ity.” He at­tended Jo­plin Ju­nior Col­lege where he con­tin­ued to ex­cel with his ex­cep­tional ath­letic abil­ity as quar­ter­back of the foot­ball team and played guard for the bas­ket­ball team in which he was se­lected to the All-Star Team. Next, he served two years with the 86th In­fantry in Ger­many. Dur­ing his en­list­ment, he also played quar­ter­back for the un­de­feated Army foot­ball team. Af­ter com­plet­ing his ser­vice to his coun­try, Dick at­tended the Univer­sity of Mis­souri as a punter for the Tigers. He ob­tained his Bach­e­lors and Mas­ters de­grees from Kansas State Col­lege (Pitts­burg State Univer­sity) in the ar­eas of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion. His post grad­u­ate work, Ph.D., was ini­ti­ated at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois in the area of Recre­ation Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Dick mar­ried Joan Win­gate July 31, 1959, at For­est Park Baptist Church in Jo­plin, Mis­souri. He was em­ployed as the Jo­plin Ea­gles Nest Youth Cen­tral Di­rec­tor be­fore ac­cept­ing a po­si­tion at Rocky Com­fort School Dis­trict as the Head Bas­ket­ball Coach and World His­tory Teacher for one year. He re­turned to Jo­plin to fill the po­si­tion of Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Jo­plin De­part­ment of Parks and Recre­ation for the next six and a half years. Af­ter his stint as a grad­u­ate assistant and Di­rec­tor of the Cham­paign County Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in Cham­paign, Illi­nois, he brought his fam­ily of five home to Jo­plin to Mis­souri South­ern State Col­lege. He spent one year as a bas­ket­ball assistant coach and Di­rec­tor of Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid be­fore as­sum­ing the po­si­tion of Di­rec­tor of Ad­mis­sions where he spent the re­main­der of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer be­fore re­tir­ing and mov­ing to Bella Vista, Arkansas, with Joan. Dick was very proud of his chil­dren but his pride and joy were his grand­chil­dren. He was known to drive many miles to at­tend count­less sport­ing events as well as watch prac­tice for what­ever sport they were par­tic­i­pat­ing in. Grandpa was al­ways their big­gest fan and loved them com­pletely. He en­joyed fishing, col­lect­ing coins, date nails, and an­tique model cars.

Ser­vices for Richard Dale Humphrey will be Wed­nes­day, April 11, 2018, at Rupp Funeral Home in St. Joseph, Mis­souri. Vis­i­ta­tion is sched­uled at noon with the funeral ser­vice fol­low­ing at 1 p.m.. A re­cep­tion will fol­low at King Hill Chris­tian Church. The Rev­erend Gene Weece of Tren­ton, Mis­souri, for­merly of Carter­ville Chris­tian Church, will be of­fi­ci­at­ing. In lieu of flow­ers, Dick re­quested do­na­tions be made to The Pur­pose Gar­den in honor of his granddaughter, Erin Hook.

On­line con­do­lences at www.rupp­fu­ A cel­e­bra­tion of life memo­rial ser­vice in the Jo­plin, Mis­souri, area will be an­nounced at a later date by fam­ily. The Humphrey and Hook fam­ily want to re­mind ev­ery­one to al­ways, “LIVE WITH A PUR­POSE.”


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