Richard Dale Ferris, 90, passed away on March 18, 2022, in Colorado Springs. Richard was born January 31, 1932, in Pierce, Nebraska. Richard had been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1964 and was formerly a resident of Nebraska. In 1952 at the naval base in Alameda, California, Richard married Lavon Flesner. Richard was a US Navy Veteran and was a dedicated and well-respected elementary physical education teacher for District 11 from 1964-1987. Not only was Richard proud to be an American, but he was also very proud of his Irish heritage. He was a hunter, fisherman, master archer, and an avid golfer.
Richard is survived by two daughters: Debbie Ferris and Joy Ferris Hartman (Hal Hartman); two grandsons: Norman Ferris (Heather) and Mark Ferris (Aimee); twelve great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Ferris, his son, Jeff Ferris, parents, three brothers, and two sisters.
Richard was one of the greatest men that ever lived; not just a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather. The best friend, mentor and teacher anyone could ever ask for. We were all so blessed to have you in our lives and grateful to God that he picked us to be part of yours. We love you to the moon and past the stars. Until we meet again.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Richard to Children’s Hospital of Colorado Springs or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This Obituary Has 4 Condolences
Shannon Briscoe (McHugh)26 Mar 2022
I remember mr ferris. Out of all my pe teachers growing up he was my favorite.
I remember he hurt his left in the basketball game against the 6th graders when I was there. I think he played golf with my dad a few times at patty Jewett. I’ll never forget his smile and his love of kids.
R. Owen1 Apr 2022
Mr. Ferris was one of the most amazing teachers I’ve ever had! He’s one of those teachers that made an indelible positive mark in my life, as the best educators do. I will never forget him and how he inspired me as a young person and PE student. I remember playing 4-square with him when he had recess duty. He taught me gymnastics. So many happy memories, but most of all I will always remember his genuine caring and kind nature.
Jim Peterson15 Apr 2022
Dick and I were neighbors. We used to walk all over the neighborhood. He will be sorely missed.
Judi Peterson16 Apr 2022
We are saddened by Dick’s passing and the family’s loss.
He was such a kind and friendly person. We are so glad we got to know him.
Judi & Jim