OBITUARY

Richard Lee Gwinn

November 2, 1936April 21, 2019

Richard Lee “Dick” Gwinn, 82, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, surrounded by family. He was a faithful Christian, and we are greatly comforted knowing he is in the presence of the Lord and his beloved wife, Judy.

Dick was born November 2, 1936, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Stanley Harrison and Grace Palmer Gwinn. “Dicky” was the youngest of three boys. He graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1955 and attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship. He played on two National Championship teams (’55, ’56), lettering in football and wrestling. He then stayed on as a graduate assistant coach under Coach Bud Wilkinson. He married Judith Head, the love of his life, on August 22, 1959. They were married for 52 years until her death in 2012. Dick graduated from OU with a degree in Business Administration and obtained a M.Ed from Northeastern State College.

“Coach Gwinn” dedicated his life to faith, family, friends and football. He was much admired and loved by players from Tulsa Central, N.E.O, Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, the University of Texas at El Paso and Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. Coach Gwinn inspired his athletes on and off the field.

Dick was an avid reader of the Bible, history, Western and spy novels. He loved fishing and hunting in his younger days. “Peepaw” enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to fish in Arkansas. He was a quiet, humble man, who wrote poetry and letters to his wife and family on topics he cared about deeply. Dick is preceded in death by his wife, Judy, his parents, and brothers Billy Ward Gwinn and Stanley Harrison Gwinn, Jr. He is survived by his loving family: Leslie and Gaines Bagby of Austin, Texas; David Gwinn and Kim Jones of Edmond, Oklahoma; Robert and Jennifer Gwinn of Shady Shores, Texas; Leslie Gorman of Charlotte, N.C. “Peepaw” will be greatly missed by his nine grandchildren, Nathan, William and Kathryn Glenn; Meg and Sarah Gwinn; Ryan and Jake Gorman; Haley and Kelsey Gwinn.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Judith Ann Head Gwinn Elementary Education Endowed Scholarship at The University of Oklahoma link.ou.edu/GwinnScholarship or call (405) 321-1174.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 27, 2019

Memories

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Robert Briggs

April 27, 2019

When I was slumping during 1974 football season, Dick Gwinn gave me the best advice. He said, "You know you have all the talent to be a great one, but you lack one thing that all the great one's have. You need this, so here it is" He gave me a box and I opened it up to find my first fur-lined jock strap. After that I became an all-stater. Thanks to my Uncle Dick I was kept quite warm on the football field. He also taught me how to throw a football. He and David H wrestled me the day I buried my own father. He was the "Rock" after that. God bless the Gwinns, who now you have to carry on the legend that is Coach Dick Gwinn. I love my family.

Bobby Briggs and family

Jane Dugbo

April 26, 2019

Uncle Dick and Aunt Judy were such loving people! I remember Uncle Dick welcoming me to live with them in Lexington, Missouri while I got myself situated in my new city. I am forever grateful for his hospitality and generous ways. He always came home happy and filled with stories from his football team. It was so much fun! There were always kids from school coming over and watching movies. You could tell he loved his job and they loved him as their coach.
I miss you terribly, Uncle Dick. Your openhearted ways were never lost on me. I will always cherish you and Aunt Judy in my heart.
Love Jane Dugbo

Anne Wheeler

April 26, 2019

Sending love to you, Leslie, and your prayers for you and your family as you celebrate your Dad's life.

Jim Elliott

April 26, 2019

Dick and I were classmates at Tulsa Central, graduating in 1955.Judy Head was a year behind us...I always admired his steady, strong character, and am happy that he and Judy are finally together again..In recent years, I would see him at our annual men’s luncheon for the class of ‘55.

Robin Frazier

April 25, 2019

Rob and David,
I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Your family meant so much to Al and me when he was at Wentworth, opening your home and making him feel so welcome. I was touched by his obituary and reading about his quiet side. I know you and your sister and children will miss him so.

Robin Frazier

Charlie and Carolyn Gorman

April 23, 2019

So sad to hear of Dick’s passing. He and Judy were both lovely people and I know they are happy to be reunited. A truly wonderful man, he will be missed. Lots of love to his children, grandchildren, and friends.

Charlie and Carolyn Gorman

John and Patty McMindes

April 23, 2019

We loved Dick. We were so happy when Robert and Jennifer got married. Little did we know how great it would be to have Dick and Judy in our lives. They were the best co-grandparents anyone could have. Such great times with our girls Haley and Kelsey. We know Dick is happy now and right where he wants to be- with Judy.
Leslie, Dave, Rob- you had one special dad.

Dan Leone

April 23, 2019

I knew Coach Gwinn while studying at Wentworth Military Academy from 1985 to 1990. My parents loved Major Gwinn and he loved them too. He taught me how to drive my freshman year and that was an adventure! He loved my impersonations of Major Reilly and Col. Gant. He was a great person to talk to. And needless to say I learned a hell of a lot from him.
Clear skies and tail winds Coach Gwinn!
Dan Leone
WMA Class 1990

Thomas Hughes

April 23, 2019

Dick was one of the finest individuals I had the privilege of working with. When I first arrived at Wentworth, he and Judy gave my family a place to stay until our apartment was ready. And their home was always open to me and my family, as it was to all coaches and cadets.

I worked with Dick for nine years. He was a mentor, a friend, and the individual I tried to emulate how I led the people who worked with me. The support Dick showed me while I was at Wentworth will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace my friend!