Richard Henry Dyess Jr.

February 25, 1947March 4, 2019

Richard Henry Dyess, Jr., passed away peacefully at the age of 72 in Sugar Land, Texas, on March 4, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born to Richard Henry Dyess and Cleo Annette Jackson at their home in Tutwiler, Mississippi, and spent his childhood doing the crazy things kids do in a small town with the help of his sister, close cousins, and good friends. He studied Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Mississippi State University and served in the National Guard at the height of the Vietnam War. In 1969, Dick married Marilyn Samples and began a lengthy career in oil exploration. His job soon took them and their first daughter, Adrienne, overseas to live in Singapore, from where Dick traveled to work in the kinds of places not usually on the top of tourists’ lists. Tigers in the jungles of Indonesia, tribes of cannibals in New Guinea, and freezing waters in the North Sea were just a few of his workplace hazards. Upon returning to the United States, Dick and his family settled in Houston where they added a second daughter, Liza. He continued to work in many parts of the country, including from a ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Dick could fix almost anything. From electronics to plumbing, his family could always count on him to make it work again. He shared his interest in genealogy with his daughter, Adrienne, and his enjoyment of fishing with his younger daughter, Liza. With his wife he shared 49 and a half years of marriage, a lifetime of memories, and deep love of family and friends. Left to remember him are his wife; his daughter, Adrienne, and son-in-law Michael Danke with grandchildren Andrew and Cleo; his daughter, Liza, and son-in-law Russell Becker with granddaughter Nora; and his sister, Sally, along with cousins and many friends. Dick’s generosity, loyalty, and sense of humor will not soon be forgotten. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:00p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., Houston, Tx 77002.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 16, 2019

Richard Henry Dyess Jr.

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Adrienne Danke

March 12, 2019

My dad did a lot of work in the jungles of New Guinea in the early 70s when cannibal tribes were very common. One day a head hunter saw that my dad had a pack of cigarettes in his shirt pocket and pointed to them indicating that he would like them. He smiled big and my dad could see that his teeth were filed to points. He wanted to trade a blow pipe and a quiver of poison darts for the cigarettes. My dad was way too afraid to say no and we still have that blow pipe and poison darts hanging on the wall at my parents’ house!

Tim Dyess

March 10, 2019

First met and worked with Dick
on a seismic permitting job in Edinburgh, TX. He almost immediately wanted to know my family information, and within just a few days he was letting me know that we were 6th cousins by way of our ancestor Christopher Dyess. We had many talks over the course of that job and he helped me to piece together my family's heritage and I will always be grateful. We spoke many times over the years since, the last being in September. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with his family.