Richard Alan Pyle, 58, lost his hard, fought battle with ocular metastatic melanoma on March 25, 2020. Richard brought so much hope to OM patients seeking treatment for more time and hopefully a cure by actively participating in numerous studies. A patient of both the Stephenson Center and MD Anderson, Richard was valiant in his efforts to broaden the treatment options for a cruel disease that relinquishes no mercy. He was brave and determined throughout his journey and will forever be cherished. Richard’s passions were deep rooted. He loved books, reading two or three at a time. It was a typical day to find him with his dogs curled up beside him while he read. Always intrigued by anything aeronautical, he tracked the space station so he could watch it as it passed by. He loved the stars, the night sky welcomed him often when Venus would boldly present herself after a great sunset. Good chocolate was a staple, the Big Bang Theory his favorite TV show, he golfed a great game and the canyons of the Southwest was where he felt most at peace. He loved tools, all of them, every possible kind of tool, he owned them all and then some. Great joy was found in fostering countless dogs for BELLA SPCA, his favorite being his bottle baby Pistol Annie. Richard “lived orange”, he supported everything about his very beloved OSU Cowboys, he was by all definitions, “Loyal and True". The Cowboys (and his wife) were his greatest loves, until he became a dad. Richard’s greatest achievement and his fiercest love was his daughter, Rachel. He gave her wings when she needed them, never pushing, always encouraging, she was and will remain, the very best part of him. Richard leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Julie, daughter Rachel and his reading buddies, Sophie, Millie Gorillie and JoyBugg along with his grandpups Winne and Pistol Annie. Also surviving him are his brother Lonnie (Jane), brothers-in-law, David and Michael, sisters-in-law, Kathy (Tim), Jane (Rick), Kelly (Brian), mother-in-law, Ruth and a very, very large group of nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Dixie and Richard, father-in-law, Ron and niece, Tammy. Richard’s gifts were bountiful and mostly served with a healthy dose of humor. A celebration of a life well loved will be held on Friday, June 12 at 10:30 am at Walnut Creek Chapel, located at 7840 NW 122 in OKC. All are welcome to attend Richard’s final tailgate immediately following the service. In true Richard style, it was his wish to have a casual service. Please honor his wish with us, by dressing in support of your favorite team. Memorial contributions may be made to an organization that was very special to Richard. BELLA SPCA P.O. Box 20035 OKC, OK 73156 or www.bellaspca.org. A very heartfelt thank you to Dr. Rebecca Faulkner, the amazing staff at NW Family Medicine and the precious hearts that serve Companion Hospice. Condolences may be expressed online at www.CorbettFuneral.com or in person at Corbett Funeral and Cremation, 807 W Wilshire Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73116.
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