Ringling coaching legend laid to rest

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

RINGLING, Okla. -- It was hard to find a dry eye this morning in Ringling as people from all over the state gathered to honor the extraordinary life of a man so many looked up to.

The small community of Ringling was stunned earlier this week when they heard the news that coach Rick Gandy losing his longtime battle with medical complications.

Gandy died Monday in Healdton at the age of 59. He was remembered Friday morning as a husband, father, coach, mentor, educator, and football legend.

Hundreds came to his funeral at the high school football stadium, a place where coach Gandy showed his quality hundreds of times over the years, a place where today a community gathered to say goodbye.

"When you come to see Rick, and I stood on that sideline right over there. A lot of times I’d be kind of late getting here but I didn't want to bother nobody but I wanted to see them play because that guy was over there coaching them. He always said, “This is what the kids done, he never said I,"

Rick Gandy was an Oklahoma Football Institution Hall of Fame coach whose presence will no doubt be felt in that stadium for years to come.

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