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RICHARD DARBY

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April 25, 1952 - March 1, 2014 BARTLESVILLE Richard Bruce Darby, age 61, resident of Bartlesville, OK, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, in the Jane Phillips Medical Center. Richard was born April 25, 1952, in Clinton, OK. He was the son of Liamore Norton Darby and Elsie Viva (Alexander) Darby. In 1974, he received a B.S. of Arts degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK, with a major in speech theatre and a minor in art. He spent many years teaching children's theatre. However, in recent years, his health prevented him from continuing in that line of work. Richard's biggest legacy is the countless number of children whom he touched and mentored during his teaching career. He was the founder, owner and operator of the first children's musical theatre and acting school in Oklahoma City. It was called Kandid Kids Theatre Centre. Those who knew him know that Richard lives on through all his Kandid Kids performing around the world. He is survived by his nephew, Gunnar Roberts and his wife Jennifer; niece, Ashleigh Roberts; uncle, Harold Alexander and his wife Larue; cousins, Jack Alexander and his wife Kristine, Terry Alexander and his wife Loretta, Jeff Alexander and his wife Kristin, Luann Alexander, and Craig Alexander and his wife Sharon; and good friends, Bill Pendley and Camden Campbell, Ted Campbell, Jane Campbell and Leeta Harris. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elsie and Norton Darby; and his sister, Deb (Darby) Harris. Kandid Kids was the only place many of us didn't feel out-of-place. No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements for Mr. Darby were entrusted to the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at: www.honoringmemories.com

Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 9, 2014
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