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Kuelbs, Richard "Dick" A.

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November 10, 1935 - March 28, 2015

Kuelbs, Richard "Dick" A.

Richard was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois and lived there until he was 16 when his father moved the family to Dallas, where he had been offered a job by B.F. Goodrich.

The family lived close to the railroad Depot, where Richard spent much of his time, finagling rids in the cabs of the locomotives. He graduated high school at Sunset High in Dallas, and attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied electronics. He went to work for Chance-Vought in California where he worked on experimental aircraft at Lockheed. After a death in his family, he came back to Dallas, where he worked for Texas Instruments as an electronics engineering technician. He retired in 1998 after more than 30 years.

His lifelong passion was the history of the American Railroad. He would travel anywhere in the US to photograph a passing train, just to document engines and rail cars, rail yards, depots: anything related to the heyday of the industry. He loved the smell of a steam Locomotive, the smoke, the steam the cinders, all of it. He compiled an extensive knowledge of the subject and many of his photographs have been published in various books on the subject of a particular railroad or era. He was a source of information for many modelers and railroad aficionados.  He was a founding member of The Dallas-Fort Worth O Scale Modelers, and a lifelong member of the “Wabash Railroad Society” dedicated to preserving the memory of Steam Engines in their heyday. He was an avid collector of anything railroadinana, from engine bells and lights, to switch stands and signs, dinner menus and timetables. He would have had a caboose if he had a way to bring it home.

He is survived by his friend and wife of 40 years, Judy, and a sister, Susan Ratcliff of Irving Texas. He leaves behind many lifelong friends from his railroad friends those he worked with, and a treasure trove of memories. He will be dearly missed by too many to enumerate.

A Celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at ARIA Memorial Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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Kent Bork

April 07, 2015 9:13AM

I met Dick in the late 70's through a group of railroad enthusiasts that would meet at a local restaurant for coffee and conversation. We shared a common interest in the Wabash Railroad (as well as others) and model railroading. He enjoyed taking slides of railroad equipment and structures of which many can be found in books on that subject. He was a good friend and I am lucky to have shared some good times with him. He will be missed.

Marilyn Adams

April 06, 2015 4:26PM

Worked with Dick in the PAC organization. My prayers are for his family, their strength and comfort. May God bless you.

David and Nancy Lamb

April 06, 2015 3:47PM

Thanks to Dick for my favorite naturalized yard in our neighborhood! Always liked the abundance of flora and fauna just down the street. Additional thanks for the Turks Caps that you let us have last season. They flowered well last fall.
Enjoyed the 35 plus years as your neighbor and walking by your house.
David and Nancy

Michael Pak

April 06, 2015 11:14AM

Mr. Kuelbs was my client since 2005 when I was with a Bank of America Investments. We had great time discussing his finance and his passion for the railroad and his train collection. I will miss him dearly as a client and as a friend. I know Mr. Kuelbs is with our Lord currently. I know this because back in January, Mr. Kuelbs and I met over a lunch and discussed heaven and having Jesus as our savior. He was firm in Jesus as his Lord and knows that he is saved through His grace. I'll see you in heaven one day Mr. Kuelbs. You are in a great place.

Paul and Pat Cook

April 05, 2015 10:25PM

We met Dick in 1987 when we moved to Dallas, and Paul join the DFW O Scale Modelers. Dick played a major role in keeping that grouo going, and became a good friend. After we left Dallas in 1999 we kept in contact with him, and were able to see him in 2009 when we visited Texas. We will miss him greatly. Paul and Pat Cook

Stan Schwartz

April 05, 2015 6:25PM

Dick was a dear friend. He was always the guiding force in our Modeling group. His vision will sustain us for many years to come. He will be sorely missed.

Brady McGuire

April 05, 2015 2:15PM

I have known Dick for 25 years. I am a member of the Dallas Ft. Worth O Scale RR Club. We were traveling buddies. We made over 35 RR related road trips together. Dick was my friend. He was like an older brother to me. I miss him.

Gary Roe

April 04, 2015 7:41PM

I have a ton of memories of Dick. We traveled from Texas to Illinois and Indiana numerous times to attend Wabash Railroad Historical Society annual meetings. He was always a good traveling companion. I'll never forget how he would call me and the first thing he would say is "You got a minute?" That "minute" usually ended up being an hour or more; but I certainly didn't mind. I will miss him very much. He was a great friend.

THOMAS (Tom) Parrish

April 03, 2015 8:38PM

I knew & worked with Dick for many good years at TI and beyond. He was straightforward and had an interesting sense of humor. He is already missed.