of Little Rock, AR
April 26, 1950 - February 7, 2021
Richard L. (Dick) Cisne passed away, February 7, 2021. He was born April 26, 1950 to William B and Doris L. Parker Cisne in Conway, Arkansas. Dick graduated from Conway High School in 1968 and from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1972 with a BSBA degree in accounting.He joined the Arkansas practice of Russell Brown & Company in 1972 which later merged with Arthur Young & Company in 1982. He was a tax partner in the Little Rock office until September 1987, when he left along with Johnny Hudson and Roxy Keeling-Culp to establish their own firm - Hudson, Cisne Keeling-Culp & Co LLP, which has grown to be the 5th largest CPA firm in Arkansas and employs about 40 professionals. While with Arthur Young & Company, Dick served as their National Cooperative Industry Coordinator and became very active in the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and its LTA Subcommittee. He served many years as chairman of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives' Tax Committee and has made several presentations at NSAC national meetings.Dick is a past president of the Mississippi Valley Chapter of NSAC and for the past several years has served as Chairman of the NCFCs LTA Subcommittee on Financial Reporting of Agricultural Cooperatives. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, Dick was a Rotarian with the Downtown Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Dick spent many years serving as a board member and treasurer of the Little Rock Boys and Girls Club Foundation as well as a director of the Central Arkansas Boys and Girls Club. He was also on the board of Bank of the Ozarks and one of the founding directors of the Arkansas State Police Foundation where he also served as President during the early years of operation. Dick is survived by his sons, Jay Gentry and Derek Cisne; his life partner, Barbara Hays; brother, William Cisne and wife Glenda; sister, Janice Kendall; his 3 grandchildren, Madeline Gentry, Logan Cisne, and Gavin Gentry and 2 daughter-in-law's, Courtney Cisne and Dr. Rhonda Gentry. He is preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl and his parents, William and Doris Cisne, and brother Sam Miller.Graveside service will 1:00p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Forest Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 3:00-7:00p.m., Friday, February 12, 2021, at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Arkansas State Police Foundation, 5702 Dreher Lane, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209 or Little Rock Boys and Girls Club Foundation, 425 West Capital #480, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance to 50 people at one time. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering. The family will have a celebration of life party for Dick at a later date.
I'm sorry for your loss. He was alway good to me and my son. I took care of Cheryl.
Dick was a great friend, classmate and teammate. He will be missed but never forgotten. RIP
So very sorry to hear of Dickâ€™s passing. Prayers of peace for your family during this very difficult time. He was always so good at keeping in touch with me ever since my dad passed away almost 27 years ago. I know the two of them are having a big time up there catching up!
Sorry for your loss. Dick was a great guy. He was a dear friend.
Dearest Cisne Family,What a class act and example of Service Above Self!And- that warm, joyous, boyish smile!May the Lord bless and keep you all,and welcome Dick in His arms,Rita
we are so sorry for your your loss. we will miss that smile joe and carla farmer
Dick was bright, well organized, and a giver. Guy enjoyed working with him on The Cheater's Golf Tournaments for more than 20 years. They also worked together on the Arkansas State Police Foundation Board. Dick was a visionary and a gentleman, I was thrilled when Dick and Barbara found each other after taking such good care of their respective spouses during their illnesses. My heart goes out to you, Barbara, as you cope with a 2nd deep loss in a very short time. May God grant you peace as you grieve.
Such sad news. Dick Cisne was a class act all the way. One of the good ones. He contributed much to the betterment of Arkansas.
RIP, Dick. It's been a long time since we worked together at Arthur Young. Prayers for the family.
Uncle Dick we loved you and we will miss you. God bless. May your memory be eternal.
Our hearts our heavy. We will miss seeing Dick in the fitness center. He was so committed! Praying for you all.
Very sad to learn about Dickâ€™s passing. He was a good friend and I enjoyed his company. He will be missed.
I have had the honor of knowing Dick for 40+ years. We were rookies together at the start of our respective careers. His smile and nickname for me will always be a memory. My prayers for peace and understanding will make their way for his family. Rest In Peace, friend.
Jay, Derek & family, Dick was one of the finest men I ever had the privilege to have known. He loved his family and his devotion to Shelby was amazing to witness. He leaves behind quite a legacy and will be deeply missed by all. Take care of each other.
Sorry for your loss, Dick was a true gentleman.
just a really good guy. lanny doc
Wishing you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Or deepest sympathies to you and your family. Jim and Sue Evans
So sorry for your loss. We will all miss Dick, but now he is healthy and at peace.
ASPF will miss one of it original leaders. And the construction industry lost a good man!
Mr. Rogers wrote " The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they were doing..." That quote sums up Dick. He loved his family, his friends, and he love golf. He was a dear friend to me and my family. I was lucky to know him!
Derek & Jay, my heart goes out to you and your family during this time of sorrow. I will always treasure the 13 years of Dickâ€™s mentoring guidance in my career and our resulting friendship. He was a man among men, truly a kind and generous soul who was liked by all and loved by so many. May God bless you and provide you comfort!
What to say about Uncle Dick, thereâ€™s not enough room. May you shoot in the 70s from now on. We loved him and will miss him.
We are bereft. Dick and Cheryl have been our friends since Jay and Alex were friends at PA. Two of the finest people we have had the blessing to know and love and we will miss the friendship. May angels surround Dick and welcome him in peace.
Dick was one of the most genuine man I've ever met. He was a great teacher. Although by the time I started at the firm he was winding down for retirement, I'll never forget the times we worked together. He will be greatly missed.
Dick was one of the founding directors of the Arkansas State Police Foundation. Dick was a huge supporter of the troopers of the Arkansas State Police. On behalf of the men and women of the Arkansas State Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the Cisne family during this difficult time.
I was sad to hear of his passing. I have good memories of a good guy.
Prayers for the Cisne family. I was a classmate of Dick's from the class of 1968. Rest in peace my friend!Grahl and Charlotte Camp Phillips
Dick was a real character not your stereotypical accountant - Iâ€™m sure he has already shown St. Peter how to do a 4 column reconciliation
Dick left an imprint on everything he touched. A truly great man, a gentle giant loved by all and will be missed by all.
Sending condolences to the family of Dick Cisne. He was truly a kind and gentle soul. Will never forget watching the movie â€œBlazing Saddlesâ€ at his home on Thanksgiving with a loud and rowdy group of close friends. Dick will be greatly missed.
My heart goes out to Dick's family at this time of sorrow. May God bless you and provide you comfort! I will always be grateful for the years of mentoring he provided me. He always had time for a question and was a fierce advocate for his family, friends, and clients.
Dick was a fine man and a great friend. We send our prayers and deepest sympathy.
Bill and Glenda,Larry and I send our condolences and prayers for healing.
Rest in Peace ole Friend
Sorry for you loss. Dick and I have been friends a time. He will certainly be missed.
Dick was a mentor to me beginning in 1980 as I started my medical administration career. He was so kind and respectful of me, helping me with any situation I didnâ€™t understand and over many years encouraging me in any endeavor I took on. He was one of a kind. I know he will be missed by many loved ones, and by all of us that could call him a friend. God bless.
Dick will surely be missed at the golf course, the men's grill, or sitting down together to do the income tax return. It is still hard to believe he is not with us. I remember when he decided to buy his Bentley convertible he remarked that the speedometer and gas gauge both moved over quickly together, a true Cisne-ism. It is safe to say that everyone loved Dick Cisne. He loved playing golf and always wanted to win, a competitor. His PVCC locker should be retired.
Dick was such a great guy, funny and lovable. We enjoyed getting to be called his friends. He will be sorely missed. May God grant his family comfort during this time of grief.
I worked for Dick many, many years ago at Russell Brown/ Arthur Young. We lost contact except for the occasional meeting at ASCPA courses. He was the guiding influence for the first six years of my career. A good, but stubborn man with a great sense of humor. He will be missed.
Sorry for the loss of a good and kind man. He will be missed by many. May he Rest In Peace
Bill, weâ€™re so sorry for the loss of your brother. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.
Dick was a partner then a friend for 40+ years, and he made friends for life. He was whip smart, kind, irreverent, truly wise and wickedly funny. We will miss him greatly. His memory will be a blessing.
Dick was such a kind and gentle soul. He would always greet me with a smile and a positive word. He was a great friend to all that met him. Praying for peace and strength to all who loved him in the coming days.
Dick was one of the most kind and honorable men I have known. May he rest in peace. He will be greatly missed. May God bless his family.
I'm so sorry to learn about Dick's death. He was such a fine young man in high school and an even finer man as an adult - kind and considerate, wise and witty. May God hold his family gently now as they face these days ahead; may they know God's abiding love, Christ's peace, and the Holy Spirit's strong comfort.
Dick was a true professional who always put his clients first. He set a standard in integrity we need more of today. My prayers are with his family and everyone he touched in a personal way.
A long time friend and truly great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be greatly missed.ðŸ™
Saddened by the loss of an old friend going back to our youth. Rest In Peace Dick. May Perpetual Light Shine on Thee.
My heart is broken. We will miss your smile and your calm demeanor. I remember meeting you and Cheryl in Washington, DC and feeling like I already knew you both. Rest In Peace, Dick.
Dick was a good man , always had time to listen . I feel blessed to have known him in my life .. Rest in Peace ....
A Gentleman and Statesman. I am truly blessed to have known him. RIP.
May Dickâ€™s life be a blessing to you, Derek, family and friends.
We have lost a fine man who accomplished much in his too short life. He will be missed.
Dick was a strong influence in my career with the start at Russell Brown/Arthur Young and I have enjoyed staying in touch with him in business and at Pleasant Valley CC before moving from Central Arkansas. He was one of my favorites and will be missed. Brenda and I will be praying for all of his family and friends in his passing.
Never met you sir but did know your daughter in law.
Jay and family, I am saddened to hear of Dickâ€™s passing. I pray God provides peace, comfort snd strength for each of you. Dick was a fine man, loved his family and will be greatly missed. Iâ€™m so sorry for your loss!
My condolences to Dick's family. I am proud to call him a friend. We played a lot of football back in the day. Both organized and sandlot.
Anyone who new him was a better person for it. He was full of life until the end
Dick was an inspiration and a leader in everything he did for everyone. We had many challenging years working together to help the Boys and Girls Clubs and he was always right in his assessment of the facts. He was a truly genuine and kind person and our community lost a great man.
We will miss Dick so much and I know he will be truly missed by so many others. It's hard to let go of someone you have know for 60+ years. He has touched so many lives. He brought laughter, love and life to all of us that he knew and was a beloved member of the Class of 68 in Conway. Keeping family and friends in our prayers and holding on to the knowledge that we will see each other again. God's blessings always.
Greatly enjoyed working with Dick at Russell Brown. This is quite a loss.
So sorry for your loss. We worked together at Russell Brown & Co. Dick was professional and treated people with respect. He has left a beautiful legacy!
Dick was a good and honorable man. My condolences to the family.
Just a good man. The best that can be said of anyone.So many of us have known him since he was little. He came from good people!
It was my honor to be his employee for 19 years. He was a loyal and treasured friend through my times of great joy and deepest sorrows. My heart is broken.
Alex said it best â€œThey donâ€™t come any betterâ€Prayers to the Cisne family.
Every Little Rock Police Officer and every Arkansas State Trooper owes Dick a salute and thank you for caring and spearheading recognition of their outstanding work. Another spirited public service contribution from a fellow Rotarian.
Dick has been on my prayer list daily and I am saddened by his passing but confident in Gods will. Witty, engaging, kind and gracious is how I will remember this fine man. Peace and Grace to you Derrick and to the entire family.
Dick Cisne was a mentor to me when I began my work career in public accounting. He never stopped being a mentor and friend to me for the rest of his life. He was always generous with his time and his counsel. I will miss him greatly.
If you wanted an example for the meaning of true friendship, or being a â€œgreat guyâ€, or being a benefit to the entire community, you didnâ€™t need to look any further than Dick. We are so sorry for your loss.
Will miss Dick so much. As kind and caring as any man Iâ€™ve ever known. Always had time for a friend, and always had a solution for a problem. Heaven has a new hero and helpmate on board. Be at rest and enjoy your new home in heaven my dear friend. I pray that his friends and family are comforted by knowing he is in the heavenly paradise.
We have lost a truly honorable and kind man always thinking of others he will be greatly missed â¤ï¸ðŸ™ðŸ»ðŸ™ðŸ»
Sending prayers up for the family and friends of Dick. He was a very special man. I am blessed to have met him through his selfless work with the Arkansas State Police Foundation. ðŸ’™ðŸ’™ðŸ’™
We are so sorry for your loss. Losing Dick is also a loss to the entire PVCC family. We are sick with sorrow. Our prayers are with you all.