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Richard Lee Tegley


1937 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Richard Lee Tegley Obituary
RICHARD LEE TEGLEY Richard Tegley, 76, Husband, Father and Grandfather; well-known and well-regarded among professionals in Riverside's Real Estate community; friend of government officials; active participant in Moreno Valley's community affairs; respected by law enforcement; and retired United States Air Force veteran; died on July 1st, 2014 in Los Angeles, following a brief illness. Richard was born on October 27th, 1937, and raised on his family farm in Kansas. His father, Gale Morris Tegley raised Charolais cattle, an all-white breed originating in France from the time of Charlemagne; Richard's paternal grandfather came to America from Norway. His mother, Ruth Dicker Tegley, was a French language teacher, whose family came from the Alsace region, when it was a part of Germany. Richard was married for 50 years to a wonderful woman, his beloved wife, Coral Ann Tegley (nee Matter), who preceded him in death in July, 2009. Also born in Kansas, Coral Ann had a degree in music, but decided she wanted to do something different upon arriving in California, and so received her Registered Nurse designation from Riverside Community College. Her career spanned 30 years as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Redlands, overseeing a nursing staff of 35. Richard Tegley joined the U.S. Air Force and saw a great deal of the world, often with Coral Ann and their young family, beginning on assignment in Greenland, and tours of duty through France and Germany at USAFE Headquarters, Thailand and many U.S. bases throughout the Golden Triangle and the Philippines, often on the road for several weeks a month for seven years. Richard was then stationed at Vandenburg AFB, California before being asked to join the Inspector General's team at March AFB, Moreno Valley, CA. He next joined the Professional Military Leadership School at Norton AFB, as an Instructor for Speech, World Affairs, and Political Science. Later Richard became the Director of Education at The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, headquartered at Maxwell AFB in Alabama, where he was responsible for approving curriculum and evaluations for 1700 students a year. Richard ultimately retired as Commandant after 22 years of military service, at the youthful age of 39. Beginning a new life in Moreno Valley with his wife Coral Ann, daughter Elizabeth and son Christopher, Richard Tegley would build another career as a licensed Real Estate Broker in the Inland Empire, successfully marketing commercial and single family residential real estate, vacant land, and residential income properties. Richard Tegley served as President of the Riverside/Moreno Valley Association of Realtors, and as the President and Treasurer of the Inland Valleys Association of Realtors. He was also President and Acting Executive Director of the Greater Inland Valleys Multiple Listing Service, Inc., and served as President and Treasurer of the Multi-Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. Richard was a State Director for the California Association of Realtors, and a Director for the National Association of Realtors. He was a Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for the 45th Congressional District, and served as a Key Contact for State Assembly and Senate members in the Inland Empire. Richard was an active member of the Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce, a Director with the Property Owners Association of Riverside County, and a member of the Moreno Valley Noon Rotary. He also found time to volunteer his services to the City of Moreno Valley and Pony Baseball. Richard Tegley will be remembered -- and sorely missed -- for his vigorous attendance at community and real estate events and at all levels of government, all across America, very often traveling with his wife Coral Ann, or accompanied by his adult children and grandchildren. Richard Tegley will always be remembered for the positive impact his life had on his community and on those who loved him. He always gave measured and wise guidance and patience, and cared abidingly for his family and good friends. Richard always had a good story to tell, often of his travels, and even of a scrape or two in some Far East kampong, where the guns were loaded, and it was stern cool alone that got them out alive. He had a ready smile, full of confidence and kindness, a smile he shared with professional colleagues and casual acquaintances, and encouraged a smile in return. His wife Coral Ann often said "he never met a stranger". Richard never lost his smile, even though it was dimmed during the fight of his life, and all those who knew him well, and loved him, will remember him fondly for it. The bereavement of his children and family is only softened by their great pride in him. "Learn something about everything, and everything about something," was a Thomas Henry Huxley quote that Richard Tegley admired. Certainly that's the curious-yet-measured resolve that Richard pursued throughout his interesting, dedicated, fruitful, and well-befriended life. May he Rest In Peace, knowing well how much sincere friendship, respect and admiration we all continue to feel for him. Richard Tegley was predeceased by his wife Coral Ann Tegley, a son, John David Tegley, his mother, Ruth Dicker Tegley, and father, Gale Morris Tegley (Eileen Lewis Tegley). He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Ann Curtis (Johnny); his son, Christopher Michael Tegley (Aimee); his grandchildren, Ashley Lauren, Andrew Michael, Emily Rose and Nathan Christopher Tegley; his brother-in-law, Paul Matter (Carole), of Jewell, KS; his sister, Fordyce Parsons, of Kent, WA; his sister, Janet Hancock (Gary), of Albany, GA, and many nieces and nephews. Richard Tegley's family has arranged a Viewing on Tuesday, July 8th, from 4-8p.m. at the Miller Jones Mortuary, 23618 Sunnymead Boulevard, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. A Communion Service with Military Honors will be held on Wednesday, July 9th at 11a.m. at all Saints Episcopal Church, 3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside, CA 92506, with a Reception immediately following the Service. Burial will be private at Riverside National Cemetery on July 10th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the "The Richard and Coral Ann Tegley, R.N. Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship" at Riverside Community College Foundation (tax ID# 9529933946) and/or "The Richard and Coral A. Tegley, R.N. Memorial Education Fund" at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH) Foundation (tax ID# 33-0565591).
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Published in Press-Enterprise on July 8, 2014
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