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Richard Lee Queen (affectionately known as Dick) was born on September 23, 1947 in Bud, West Virginia. He was the second of three children born to Richard and Virginia Queen. He was married at the age of 19 in 1966 to Elaine. He played football at Eastern Kentucky University and entered the Army in 1967. After the Army he finished his degree in physical education from Central State University. Richard and Elaine had two children, Heather Queen and Eric Queen and they moved to Germantown, OH in 1975.
Dick’s passion was playing and coaching sports and he loved playing ball with Eric and Heather. He coached many of their friends in football and softball over the years and taught the value of hard work and persistence. Dick always loved horses and as a young boy he rode a pony and watched his family work horses on a farm. He was born at the end of the Cowboy generation. In 1975, Dick and Elaine saved a starving mare and her foal and began to raise their family with horses. He was always happiest riding a horse on a trail in the woods. Dick raised and trained some legendary trail horses. He led his family on some epic camping and trail riding adventures where 16 hour rides were just a Queen tradition. Many will remember his famous words, “Mount up, we’re here to ride!” (Even in pouring rain).
He was preceded in death by his father Richard Earl Queen and his mother Virginia Vance. He is survived by his two sisters, Virginia Kellogg and Brenda Morse and his two children Heather Queen (Rob Mlakar) and Eric Queen (Andrea Queen). He loved his three grandchildren Noah Mlakar, Wyatt Mlakar, and Sophia Queen very much. He was also lovingly known as “Uncle Dick” to his nieces and nephew, Jane Muro, Sheri Kellogg, Karla Hyham, Stacey Hurtado, and Bryan Morse, and their children. He was a father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many. He will forever be missed. Ride on Dick Queen!
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New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
So sorry for your loss, praying for the whole family !
Jennie Miller Mar 4 2017 12:00 AM
We treasure the years that Richard spent here at the stable both with Gus and then Stormy and his extended Stable family.He was a wealth of knowledge, humor and pure determination that made us all look up to him and smile every time we saw his truck pull in.We witnessed a strong and dedicated man that could hardly stand at times but was determined he was going to spend time with Stormy, even if he could only manage a few brush strokes.Likewise, Stormy would stand at attention like he was being reviewed by the General.It was always a pleasure to watch a partnership of love, joy and respect for each other.He was a mentor to many, both as horsemen with a down to earth "horse sense" and a wise friend and fatherly figure that only comes from a life lived to the fullest.We hold Richard in our hearts now and forever as a gentle wind stirring through the barn and the trails of East Fork.Much love, Gary and Lisa Morgan
Morgan Stables Family Mar 4 2017 12:00 AM
Condolences to all the Queen family. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Bill and Gail Chmielewski Feb 23 2017 12:00 AM
He will be truly missed by all the family.Always remember the Holidays because that is when Dick & Elaine got to come to visit in Portsmouth.Sorry for your loss!
Deborah Looney Spears Feb 23 2017 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for the loss of my first cousin Dick Queen.I remember going down to Portsmouth many times when we were young to visit My Aunt Virginia, Jennie, and Brenda & Dickie.Dick was always out playing football or doing something exciting outdoors.He worked hard and suffered a lot in his later years, and raised a great family!Now he can rest peacefully with his parents in heaven.We will all miss him.
Larry Pishitelli Feb 21 2017 12:00 AM
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