Richard Vance “Fergy” Ferguson

Richard Vance “Fergy” Ferguson, 85, died Monday, May 29, 2017, in Chico, CA.

He leaves loving memories to be cherished by his wife, Shirley (Tiemann) Ferguson; daughter, Pam Lockhart; son, Keith Ferguson; two step-children Lori Andrews and Eric Bauer; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William “Bill” Vincent Ferguson.

Born to Earl and Bertha (Yeager) Ferguson on January 6, 1932, and raised on their farm in Grafton, WV, his love for sports began in early years when he played and officiated football, basketball, and baseball for Grafton High School. He graduated in 1949 and joined the U.S. Army in 1952, serving in Germany until 1954. Returning home, he attended West Virginia University, completing his BA in Education in 1957.

In 1958, he moved his family to California working as an educator for Moreland School District, where he taught for 17 years at Castro Middle School. While teaching, he furthered his education, receiving his MA in Education from San Jose State University in 1961. His love of sports continued, and he began refereeing football, baseball, and basketball for the local high schools, eventually working for Central Coach Section (CCS), becoming a co-commissioner in 1975. The following year, he left CCS and started Fer-Mar, working until he retired in 1990. He worked as an official for the National Basketball League (NBA) from 1968-1970. In 1974, he began his career in the National Football League (NFL), retiring in 1986 after twelve years as a side judge.

During his time with Fer-Mar, he met Shirley, and they married in 1982, in Mountain View, CA. They enjoyed 34 years of marriage, raising four children, traveling, and celebrating life. He shared his love of golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, and sports with his family and friends.

A memorial gathering will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Arrangements are being handled by Brusie Funeral Home in Chico, CA.

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