Dr. Richard Lee Wall

11/14/1935 –

 12/23/2019

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  • Visitation
Date: 12/26/2019
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm
  • Funeral Service
Date: 12/27/2019
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am
  • Graveside Service
Date: 12/27/2019
Time: 5:00 pm
 – 5:30 pm

Obituary

Dr. Richard Lee Wall passed away on December 23, 2019. The family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm today, December 26, 2019, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. We will celebrate his life of 84 years at 10:00 am on Friday, December 27, 2019, in Wesley Chapel at LakeRidge United Methodist Church. Graveside services will follow at 5:00 pm at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Norman, Oklahoma. Family and friends may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the space provided below the obituary.

Richard Lee was born on November 14, 1935, to Addison and Cherry Wall in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Richard married Betty Jane Beard on February 21, 1959, in Wichita Falls, Texas.

If you were not lucky enough to know Richard, you truly missed out. Dick Wall was born in Arkansas and was the 3rd of 4 boys. (Boy, were they a handful!) When his family moved to Idabel, the knickers he wore did not exactly fit the style, so he quickly learned to box. With lots of determination, he eventually became a National Golden Gloves Champion in 1953 and was called “one of the greatest athletes” to pass through Idabel High School. He won his second Golden Gloves championship in 1955 with a knockout in Chicago while lettering at the University of Oklahoma.

At OU, he met the love of his life. Dick, a national champion, and Betty Jane Beard, OU’s feature twirler, were quite the couple on campus. While in school, Dick was in the Naval ROTC and a member of Delta Tau Delta. He graduated from OU in 1958.

After marriage, the dapper couple lived the naval life in San Diego and Long Beach, CA. When his naval assignment was over, Dick and Betty moved back to Norman for his Ph.D. However, his naval career continued for another 20 years until he retired as a Commander, USNR.

Dick and Betty were excited to be back at their beloved OU for his Ph.D. In 1966, they had a daughter named Cindy. His first job was in Lubbock, Texas and eventually started his own private psychology practice.

Dr. Wall served thousands of people and testified at trials across the state of Texas as a licensed Clinical Psychologist and didn’t retire until he was 80 years old. His favorite activities involved playing Bingo at Lakeridge Country Club, taking his bride on a cruise (or any trip, for that matter), watching his daughter as a Miss Oklahoma contestant or TV News anchor, and cheering his Sooners to VICTORY! He held onto life this week until his daughter and grandchildren could be by his bedside to say “goodbye”. He passed quietly surrounded by family. Right now, he is telling Jesus jokes, which will make Him belly laugh and probably blush.

Survivors include his wife and daughter as well as his younger brother, David, and the apples of his eye, his grandkids Peyton and Marlowe. He joins in Heaven his parents and two older brothers, Stan and Ira Wall.

 

Condolences

3 thoughts on “Dr. Richard Lee Wall”

  1. On behalf of Mission Rehab Services, please accept our sincere condolences. We provided OT & PT therapy services for Mr. Wall. May he rest in peace. Our prayers are with all the family

  2. Fond memories from long ago. Such a vibrant person. So glad he had great success with career and family.

  3. Gloria & Crockett

    Dick Wall, our dear friend for many years. We extend to Betty, Cindy and his beloved grandchildren our sincere sympathy. I could always count on Dr. Wall to raise my spirits with his his humor or a joke. He would always kid me because I could never remember the punch line when I tried to tell him a joke. Crockett and I will be forever grateful for his dedication to his profession. He was one of the finest men we have ever known who impacted our our lives in the most positive way. Rest In Peace Dick, Crockett and I will miss your laughter and your love for our family. Love, Gloria and Crockett White

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