Richard E. Pinkstaff (Dick) 84, born to Reverend Earl and Grace Ford Pinkstaff
on August 19, 1933 in Flat Rock, Illinois. Dick joined his heavenly father
on January 18, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Born into a parsonage family Dick
lived his life according to the teachings of John Wesley. Dick graduated
from Clay City High School in Clay City, Illinois. Dick was a Korean War
Veteran serving in personnel at For Chaffee, Arkansas where he met and
married his wife of 62 years Marlene Arthur. Dick graduated from McKendree
College (University) Lebanon, Illinois in 1958. He received his MBA from
the University of Tulsa in 1959 where he was Graduate assistant to Dr.
Lyle Trueblood. He then joined A.E. Staley MFG Co. in Decatur, Illinois
as the company’s first Management Trainee. In 1962 he moved to St.
Louis, Missouri in the Training Department of McDonald’s Corp. Where
he worked with the original seven Astronauts. He was part of the Training
Department of Rockwell in Tulsa, Oklahoma then became the youngest Corporate
Director of Training in the industry while with National Gypsum Company
in Buffalo, New York. In 1970 he and his family returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma
where he established the first Management Development and Technical Training
Consulting firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During those 25 years Dick worked
with many companies in the energy field eventually specializing in Pipeline
Companies. Throughout his distinguished career he mentored many young
trainers and management executives. He loved bringing out the potential
of young people and guiding those in all levels of management to success.
He developed numerous technical programs for the pipeline industry. He
co-authored Personal Skill Building for the Emerging Manager, CBI Publishing.
Dick created Appiliskills a process for developing training modules for
industry. Dick was well known throughout the industry for his total honesty
and high level of integrity. In the early days he volunteered with the
city and with Federal programs for the underemployed. He was an active
member of Boston Avenue UMC. He was a member of the American Society of
Training and Development serving as President of Chapter. He listed in
Outstanding Young Men of America and various Who’s Who publications.
Upon retirement he and Marlene lived their dream and traveling full time
in their motor home where they traveled throughout Canada visiting all
the provinces and several states in Mexico. They crossed the United States,
east to west, north to south several times eventually wintering in Alamo,
Texas just north of the border. Of course Dick never really retired working
along the way with small towns helping them create booklets advertising
their communities. Dick is survived by his wife Marlene, sons: Mark and
Jay, 5 grandchildren: Summer McLemore(Mac), Anthony Pinkstaff, Benjamin
William and Grant Pinkstaff, 3 granddaughters: Neveah McLemore, Serenity
McLemore and Paieton Pinkstaff.
Services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday January 25 at Boston Avenue United
Methodist Church. In Liew of flowers please donate to the music or youth
endowment funds at the church or the Salvation Army.