Richard Ferguson, age 66, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.


Richard was born on Sept. 22, 1946, in Oakland City to Orance and Beatrice Ferguson. 


He graduated from Oakland City High School in 1964. He served in the Army Reserves. Richard was a member of the Main Street Presbyterian Church in Petersburg. He worked over 30 years as a drilling and shooting supervisor in the coal mines. He also worked as a conductor for CSX Railroad and at Lowe’s for five years before retiring in 2009. 

Richard was a lifetime Dodger fan and close follower of NHRA Drag Racing. He liked classic Corvettes and car shows. Most of all, he had an overflowing love for his grandchildren. He attended numerous athletic events and was full of joy when holding, snuggling and playing on the floor with his grandkids. Richard served as a Little League softball coach for several years. He also volunteered as assistant high school softball coach while helping his daughters perfect their pitching skills with many hours of practice. 


He was preceded in death by his father, Orance Ferguson, and his sisters Linda Hopper and Jeanine Burch. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol of Petersburg; two daughters Dr. Stacey Yankey (David) of Floyds Knobbs, and Heather Campbell (Craig) of Indianapolis. Grandchildren Caleb (12), Katie (11), Coy (8) Yankey and Lexa (5) and Jacobi (2) Campbell; mother Beatrice Ferguson of Newburgh; sisters Carol Hopper (Garry) of Vail Ariz. Joanna Stilwell (Russell) of Boonville and half-sister Louwanna Peralta (Alfonso) of Menifer, Calif. 


Visitation was on Jan. 19 at Harris Funeral home in Petersburg. Funeral Services were held Jan. 20 at Main Street Presbyterian Church in Petersburg.