Lieutenant Colonel Richard "Rick" E. Denniston, USA, Retired, 64, of Pelsor, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2016 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville. The son of Robert J. and Phyllis A. (Price) Denniston, he was born August 26, 1952 in Clarksville. He married Debra Ann Young on July 21, 1973 at Mountainburg, AR. He was a superintendent with Deer / Mt. Judea Public School and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three infant grandchildren.
Following his death his daughter Olivia Burden penned the following. "It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you my Honorable Father, LT Colonel Richard Denniston has past through this life on earth to join his Mother and Father in Heaven. His Legacy lives on through his Nine Children and Twenty-three Grandchildren. Thank you for all you have taught us from your life experiences and your knowledge. Thank you also for all of your contributions to your decades of service to the Arkansas Public School System and the Arkansas Air National Guard. Thank you for teaching us how true love in a marriage is suppose to be through your 43 years of marriage to our Moma, Debra. We Love You!"
Survivors include his wife Debra Denniston; nine children, Olivia Burden, Richard J. Denniston, Erica M. Denniston, Joshua B. Denniston, Elijah T. Denniston, Zachariah A. Denniston, Josiah R. Denniston, Micah D. Denniston and Noah M. Denniston, 20 grandchildren; three siblings, Terry Denniston, Patty Shock and Cindy McKuin; and several extended family.
The family will hold a memorial service at their home and will be announced. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service.