Eck, Richard

{Richard with Myrna Kay Eck at left}
{Richard in his restored 1955 Thunderbird}

Richard Eck

Reading the biographies of my classmates is very interesting; what you did, your experiences, etc. Now for my story.

After graduating from Enid High School, I fulfilled my military obligation in the US Army. I then attended Phillips University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While in college and for 17 years thereafter, I worked as a senior accountant with Champlin Petroleum Company in Enid. During this time, I continued my studies at Phillips in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Accounting. When Champlin transferred to Fort Worth, Texas, I applied and was accepted into training to become an agent with the Internal Revenue Service. For the next 24 years, I served as an agent in the examination division of IRS, retiring in October, 2003. What an experience!

I married Myrna Kay Born, a 1956 graduate of EHS in 1959. Myrna Kay worked for OG&E 14 years and then for Alva State Bank and Trust Company as an Assistant Vice President for 27 years.

Myrna Kay and I adopted a baby boy, Timothy Scott, in 1968 and a baby girl, Sheila Diana in 1970. Timothy and his wife, Julie, reside in Roswell, Georgia and have a son, Ryan (6) and a daughter, Reagan (2). Tim and Julie graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Tim is a manager with a technology firm and Julie is a CPA. Our daughter Sheila Goldsworthy and her husband Mark reside in Stillwater and are the parents of a daughter Kate (10) and a son Luke (7). Sheila is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma Medical School. Mark is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. Sheila is an MD (OB/GYN) and Mark is a full time Mr. Mom.

Since my retirement, I have enjoyed my freedom. I, like Jim Lewis and Carl Mitcham, enjoy a classic car hobby. I attend various car shows and homecoming events where I have made many friends. In addition, I volunteer at the Horn of Plenty, the local food bank that feeds the poor and needy. I serve on the board of directors and have chaired the two city-wide food drives each year for the past 4 years. I am also an active member of my church.

In closing, I have had many memories over the years, and EHS memories are some of the best. Finally, I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the reunion.