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Richard Lee Abney

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“Mr. Abney was a very good person and will be very much missed ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Rebecca Parr (Becky) - kokomo

“I enjoyed having Mr Abney as my Latin teacher at KHS. They also were are neighbors just down Berkley St. I'm praying for the family & Mrs Abney. ...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Beth Rounds Bucklin - OK - Friend

“Mr. Abney was my English teacher and he was also my husband's teacher. He was a great teacher. Our daughter Paris also had him as a teacher when she...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Dick & Betty Alexander - Kokomo, IN

“I send my thoughts and prayers for comfort to Dick's family. I enjoyed working with him at Kokomo High School when he became my department supervisor...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Gayle Eikenberry

“Your dad was a great person. He is included in my childhood memories of the old neighborhood. I do remember he had the most beautiful flowers in...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Kim (Durr) Sapp - IN

“Our sympathy to all of you. We loved our Euchre clubs at all houses but especially at Dick and Peg's house. We all laughed and had a great time...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Marilyn McFadden - Kokomo, IN

“Dick was my KHS Latin teacher and later a teaching colleague. I enjoyed his humor and admired his expertise. He was fun to talk to and was always...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Ricke Stucker - Kokomo, IN

“Hi Kriss, Just wanted to touch base with you in these days of obvious sorrow. I lost my mother in 1977 and know the pain. Sounds as though...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Paul Nicholson - Greentown, IN

“Mr. Abney is what he was to me and many more students' that passed through the doors of Kokomo High School- South Campus and up the stairs' to the...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Kitts - Kokomo, IN

“Abney family, My husband John and I enjoyed living across the street from Peg and Dick on Colter Dr.. I enjoyed visiting with them. Dick always...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Evelyn Bond - Kokomo, IN - friend

“I am praying for all of the Abney family during this difficult time. Dick lived a long, fruitful life, and touched many people through his wonderful...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Edd Hamilton (Eddie) - Golden, CO

“Abney Family: Sorry for your loss. Your dad was a master teacher and the obit captured his true spirit. I will always have fond memories of the...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Ron Barsh - Kokomo, IN - Friend

“I was only one of many who enjoyed Mr. Abney's teaching style. I spent 3 years in his Latin classes and his lessons carried me into a nursing career....Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Melissa Wells Asfeld - IN

“My heart goes out to Mr. Abney's family at this time. He was a good man. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Shannon Davis-George - IN

“Mr. Abney was one of the best teachers I ever had. I had him for English and Latin so I was doubly blessed. So sorry to hear of his passing. My...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Michelle Degraffenreid - Kokomo


Richard Lee Abney, 80, Kokomo passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Century Villa Retirement Center, Greentown. Dad was born March 29, 1932 in Hammond, Indiana to Raymond and Edna (York) Abney. In 1950 Dad graduated from Hammond High School. Dad married Margaret Ebert in 1954 who survives. Dad and mom divorced in 2009. Dad was a graduate of Indiana University (1954) and Butler University (M.S. 1962). Dad taught foreign language (Latin), was a licensed English teacher, and was the foreign language department head at Kokomo High School, retiring in 1992.

Dad exemplified excellence in education and wanted nothing but the best academically and vocationally for his students and his own children. Dad was not a drill sergeant in the classroom, but rather his approach could be gregarious, providing a lucid environment which allowed his students to learn. Dad sought and required participation from his students and may, at times, offered comedic relief to achieve that participation. He prided himself in the career and educational accomplishments of his students, children, and grandchildren. He wanted to be and was a part of their success. Sometimes, when needed, during 4th period, Dad would stop his class, give an assignment, then bleed on our papers with red ink to make corrections. Mom would give an assignment to her students, then type those papers 5th period. We turned them in 6th period.

Dad was so proud to work and teach in the Kokomo Center Schools from which his parents graduated in the 1920s. He was even more proud to see his children and grandchildren excel at Kokomo Center Schools. Dad and mom taught in the original Kokomo High School at 303 E. Superior from which Grandpa (Raymond) and Grandma (Edna York) Abney graduated in 1923. We have all been proud to be WildKats.

Survivors include his ex-wife, Margaret Abney, Kokomo; one daughter, Karyn (Mike) Holloway; three sons, Kevin (Kim), Kent (Lori), Kriss (Linda); seven grandchildren, Kristopher Abney, Katie Abney, Stephanie Abney, Samantha Holloway, Gabriel Abney, Aidan Abney, and Christian Abney; two sisters, Nancy (Ray) Alexander, and Judy (Leonard) Doell; several nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Jan. 19 at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St. Services will follow at 1:00 pm at the mortuary with Pastor Jerry Van Auken officiating. Burial will be in Crown Point Cemetery. Memorials can be made in Dad's memory to Kokomo High School for the Richard L. Abney Foreign Language Scholarship.

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