Richard Medley

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Coffeyville -

Richard A. Medley, 72, of Coffeyville, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at his home.

He was born November 29, 1937 at Kansas City, Missouri to Walter and Opal (Clute) Medley.  Richard grew up and attended school in Coffeyville, graduating from Field Kindley High School in 1955, and Coffeyville Community College in 1957.  He received his bachelor degree from the University of Kansas and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas Law School.

After completing law school Richard lived in Junction City, KS where he was in private practice and was the Geary County Assistant County Attorney.  He later moved to Coffeyville where he went in to private practice and also served as Montgomery County Attorney.  He served as District Judge from 1984 to 1995, when he returned to private practice. Richard also served as Police Judge in Coffeyville prior to retiring.

In 1977 he married Becky Kennedy at Coffeyville.  Following their marriage they made their home in Coffeyville.

Richard was a member of the First Christian Church, Keystone Masonic Lodge, Kansas Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Sigma Nu Fraternity.

Richard and Becky enjoyed spending time at their home on Table Rock Lake where he loved to fish and spend time on the water.  He was an excellent cook, an avid reader, and enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Becky of the home; three sons, Scott P. Medley of Topeka, Brent A. Medley and wife LeAnne of Topeka, and R. Cordy Medley of Kansas City, KS; two daughters, Bonnie Long and husband Randy of Topeka, and Chazzie Medley of Chanute; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in the First Christian Church with Rev. Ford Hall of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Friends may sign the register book on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Coffeyville Community College Willard and Pat Walker Alumni Center, 10th and Willow.

The family suggests memorials to the Coffeyville Community College Foundation, Coffeyville Friends of Animals, or the First Christian Church; contributions may be left with the funeral home or mailed c/o David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian Nave July 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

As a troubled youth, I will never forget Mr R. Medley, a person who played a significant roll in the turning point of my life. I will always remember him as someone I could look up to for guidance in troubled times. You will be greatly missed my friend. Rest in peace.

Leslie Hendrix July 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

Richard was one of my first teachers as I started my legal career. I am forever grateful for his lessons and insights. He will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Judy Bierbrodt Smith July 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I am so sorry hear of Richard’s passing. We will miss him greatly. You are in our prayers.

Deane and Pinky Zeigler July 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Becky and family, Pinky and I are so sorry for your loss, your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Teresa Andrews July 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Very sorry to hear about your loss. Richard was wonderful to our family and helped us out alot, especially my brother and he wouldn’t take a cent for it. It sure had alot of heart.
He will be sadly missed. May God comfort your family in this time.

Michael Burns July 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I was a court reporter in Montgomery and Wilson counties for quite a few years, and knew Rich professionally and personally. He was a decisive judge, which I admired, and a good friend, which I appreciated. He taught me some things I didn’t know about fishing, and the best ways to grill a red onion. He was an interesting man. I will miss him.

Michael Burns

Sam Ashley July 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Rich was my roommate and fraternity brother at K.U. As a lifelong
friend I will miss him, but know he had great suffering and pain especially in the last few months. He is at peace now and my thoughts
and prayers are with Becky and the family, bless you all.

Jeffry L. Jack July 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I was saddened to hear about Richard’s passing; he will always be Judge Medley to me. He was an early influence in my legal career and I thought very highly of him. My condolences to the entire family.

Larry and Laura Markle July 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Just want you and your family to know that we are praying for you. Rich was a special man and Larry learned a lot from him during his early years as an attorney. Berni always enjoyed working with Rich as a judge. Take care and God Bless.

Jackie Everitt July 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Richards passing. He has had a long battle and is in a much better place now. I thought a lot of Richard. In working for him, he taught me so many things about the law and life itself. I really admired him. He was a terrific individual and will be truly missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with Becky, his children and all family members.

Joan, Dale, & Darla (Finn), Neil Darby July 15, 2010 at 8:06 am

So sad to hear of Richard’s passing. Both of you have been influential in the lives of our family–our children. May the good Lord Bless and Keep you and “keep the good memories” near.

Gene Keiter July 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm

We were saddened by the news of the death of Richard. Our condolence to the family and close friends. Richard and I were friends in high school and college and he was in my wedding in 1960. I will always consider Richard a special friend.

Butch & Sharion Ralls July 14, 2010 at 7:17 pm

So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Julie Northup July 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Becky and kids, I am so sorry to hear about Richard, he has had a battle, and is at peace now. Thinking of you all at this time. Richard was quite a character that i thought a lot of. Sorry for your loss of partner and dad.

John and Carol Battitori July 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the good memories be with you always.

Herb Hildebrandt July 14, 2010 at 7:32 am

Herb here in Phoenix , Az. and so very sad to hear yesterday of the passing of Richard – We will all miss him very much and just want to pass along our sincere condolences to all of his family and close friends !!!

Richard was a very special guy !!!

Herb Hildebrandt Phoenix , Az. ejjc613@aol.com

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