[Daddy's Thoughts]Received 09/27/2009 00:27

Going out with a BANG!

Richard R. Gode, Born: November 8, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Died: August 28, 2009

Attended HS in Claremore at Okla. Military Academy

Attended OSU in Stillwater, where he was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega.

Richard spent about 10 years in the US Army, 7 of which he was stationed in Europe.

He served with: 4th and 1st Armored, 4th Inf., 1st Inf. (Forward), 3rd Inf., and the 1st Cav.

Spent over 40 years in Scouting. As an adult, was an Asst. SM in Europe, Den Leader and WEBELOS Leader in Stillwater. Asst. SM in Stroud, and a Commissioner for Twin Mounds District Will Rogers Council. As a Commissioner, he served as a Unit Commissioner, Asst. District Commissioner, and as District Commissioner. He earned his “Associate”, “Bachelors”, “Masters”, and “Doctorate of Commissioner Science” from both the Last Frontier and Indian Nations councils. He also taught Commissioner Courses at Last Frontier, Indian Nations and Will Rogers’s councils.

Richard enjoyed working with kids in his job as well as in Scouting. When he was at camp, he taught fishing, orienteering and other skills.

Until arthritis set into his hands, Richard hand carved at least 5 “totem poles” for Will Rogers’ Scout camp. Richard also served on the Twin Mounds District Committee, as the Camping Chairperson, and as Membership Chairperson. The district earned the Quality District award during this time. Richard didn’t have money to donate to Scouting, so he gave his time, friendship, and expertise to all who wanted or needed it.

Instead of a traditional funeral, he asked for his ashes to be spread out at the OA tap out ring at Scout camp, and by spread I mean SHOT OUT OF A CANNON. I always thought they were joking when they said that's what they were going to do. I guess they weren't. http://rgode.homeftp.net/videos/092609.wmv

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Elizabeth Lau osu_kutie77 [at] yahoo [dot] com
2010/6/28 04:49

That is what I always tell everyone when they ask about Dad. He literally wanted to go "Out with a BANG!" I am so glad that he wanted to do something that was so "not" original. Thanks for posting this. :-)