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January 16, 2013

Richard Lee Abney

March 29, 1932 - Jan. 9, 2013

Richard Lee Abney, 80, Kokomo, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Century Villa Retirement Center, Greentown. Dad was born March 29, 1932 in Hammond to Raymond and Edna (York) Abney. In 1950, Dad graduated from Hammond High School. Dad married Margaret Ebert in 1954, and she 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 fourth 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 fifth period. We turned them in sixth 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 St., 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) and 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; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St. Services will follow at 1 p.m. 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. You are invited to read Richard’s obituary online at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message with the family, or order flowers for the family.

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