Richard DuVall | Obituaries | The Phoenix Muskogee

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September 30, 1951
July 1, 2022

Richard Claude “Rick” DuVall, 71, died July 1, 2022 in Oklahoma City at Hospice House. He was the beloved husband of Kay DuVall for 51 years. Rick was born on September 30, 1951 in Muskogee, Oklahoma and was the son of Woody and Hazel (Barnes) DuVall. He attended public schools in Muskogee and graduated from Muskogee High School with the Class of 1969. He graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah with a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science in 1987. He was employed at Dealers’ Auto Auction of Oklahoma City. for 33 years until the time of his death. He worked as a systems manager and developed and maintained all computer software from the start of the auction. He moved his family to Oklahoma City in 1988 to take a job with Dealers Auto Auction. Auctioning was Rick’s second career. He started working for his father at Woody’s Garage in Muskogee at the age of 5 and remained there until the 1980s when he opened his own garage. He kept the business going until he went to college and fell in love with computer programming. Rick loved to read and could easily read a book a day. He loved 60s, 70s and 80s rock and roll and had a small garage band in the 70s. He played guitar and sang. He also loved riding motorcycles and started riding when he was 13 years old. He took motorcycle trips with his cherished friends: Mike Egdahl and Daniel Rowe, and cherished his Honda Goldwing. Rick was well known for his sense of humor and quick wit. He strived to always do the right thing in any situation. He loved his family fiercely and was always happiest spending a day together at home laughing and reminiscing. Next to his family, the auction was his life. He always had the welfare of the auction in mind with any decisions he made or actions he took. Rick and Kay met at Sonic Drive In in Muskogee Oklahoma in 1971 and were married on February 9, 1971. He is survived by Kay of the household, 2 children Sonya McLendon and her husband Josh of Edmond, Richard DuVall and his wife Sierra also of Edmond, 5 years old. grandchildren: Grayson, Seven, Wolfie, Jack and Parker, one sister Joyce DuVall of Boulder City, Nevada, niece Michelle Gilbreath, stepmother Ruby Matthews of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, step-sister Charla Yarbrough and husband Larry of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and his best friend Mike Shannon, as well as many other close friends including: Jim and Mary Gail Nelson, John and Carol Neely, and Rod and Janie Steele. He was predeceased by his parents: Woody and Hazel (Barnes) DuVall, and his friends: Kenny Brown and Mike Egdahl.

Published on July 8, 2022

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