Dennis Ray Badgley – March 27, 2012

Dennis Ray Badgley, 62, of Amarillo, TX died on March 27, 2012 at home.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 28, 2012 at the Keyes United Methodist Church in Keyes, OK with the Reverend Billy Ramage officiating.
Dennis Ray Badgley was born April 27, 1949 in Guymon, Oklahoma to Bernie and Nadine Badgley. He was the youngest of their three children.
In September of 1967, just a couple of months after graduating from Keyes HS, Dennis enlisted in the Marines and went to Vietnam where he was critically wounded in battle. After a long recovery, he moved to Denver, CO where he worked at the local post office and attended Metropolitan State College.
In 1971 he moved to Amarillo, TX where he pursued his love for sport as a coach and player in City League Softball. He spent 13 years working as a machinist for SPS but was ultimately drawn back to the water and the outdoors and soon went to work for the National Park Service at Lake Meredith where he met the love of his life, Linda Kays. While at the Park Service, Dennis completed his wild land firefighter training and went to Canada to battle one of the largest fires on record.
Dennis was a devoted and loving husband, son, brother and uncle and enjoyed spending time with all of his family and friends. He loved to sing and enjoyed all kinds of music. Throughout his life he carried with him a strong faith and deep love for his fellow man. When not outside, Dennis enjoyed watching his beloved Dallas Cowboys or Cincinnati Reds – depending on the season. He was truly happiest while fishing the rivers of Southern Colorado and comparing trophy rainbows and browns with his father, nephews and wife Linda.
Dennis was preceded in death by his father Bernie Dale Badgley and Brother Benson Dale Badgley.
Survivors include his wife Linda, step-children, Jimmy Kays & Sonya Kays and 4 step grand children all of Amarillo area. Mother Nadine Fulbright and Stepfather Marshall Fulbright of Springfield, CO, sister Norma Jean Clifton and husband Mike of Flagstaff, AZ, and nephew Michael Clifton, his wife Amy and their 4 children, Abbey, Caleb, Mason and Molly Ann of Flagstaff, AZ, nephew Justin Clifton of Carbondale, CO and a bunch of kissin’ cousins.
The family requests that memorials be sent to either, Interim Health Care Hospice, 1901 Medi-park Dr., Suite 1058, Amarillo, TX 79106; or Keyes United Methodist Church, Keyes, OK 73947.

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