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Richard William ""Dick"" Stephen


1947 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Richard William ""Dick"" Stephen Obituary
Richard William Stephen, better known as "Dick", was born on March 13, 1947 in the Sterling, CO Hospital. He was the oldest of 3 children born to Richard B. & Ruby L. (Bluhm) Stephen. At the age of 67 & 50 weeks, he went to meet his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 27, 2015 at his home with his loving wife at his side. After of many years of fighting, he succommed to complications of multiple abdominal aortaic aneurysm repairs. For the last two years the family had a saying, "Between God and Dr. Guad, we will be fine." These two gave us our miracle when he survived the last "big" surgery in 2012.
DIck was Baptized as a young child at Burdette Presbyterian Church, he then transfered his membership to the FIrst Presbyterian Church of Otis, and knew and served His Lord throughout his life. Dick completed his education at the Lone Star School in 1965. He attended NJC in Auto Mechanics for 1 year. He met the love of his life, Shirley Prather, at a Sock Hop at Yuma High School in 1966. They were married on May 5, 1968 at the Burdette Presbyterian Church north of Otis, CO. They informally renewed their vows after the Church was privately purchased in the presence of their parents, George & Frances Melvin, their daughters, Michelle & Teri, and their minister.
Their first daughter, Michelle Annette (Stephen) McMahill, was born in May of 1969. About 4 years later their second daughter Teri Lynn (Stephen) Stivers was born in February of 1973. Within a year of completing their family they moved back to Dick's childhood home, 16 Miles north of Otis; where he joined his parents in farming & ranching. With great passion he strived to keep his young family secure by working outside of the farm. He worked for a local farmer & friend, Bob McIntire, for a few years. Later he worked at WMI in Merino, CO, as the parts person for 14 years. He was asked to join the Washington County Sherriff's Department as a Detention Officer in 2001 and worked there until he had to medically retire in 2012. At WCSO, he found his life's calling and was well respected & liked by co-workers as well as offenders. Dick was a member of the Elks Lodge #2579 of Akron, CO for many years.
Dick was very involved in the Lone Star School activities while his children and other family members were in school. In recent years, he found joy in attending his 5 grandchildren's activities. Over the years our biological daughters were joined by our "other children" Becky, Lee & Steven Imhof, Bob, Steve & Robin Rogers. Many others call him Brother, Dad, and Grandpa. Our family has been told by many, that DIck was a great listener, a "Good Man", and his word and hand shake was worth more than gold.
He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley of 46 years. His daughter Michelle and husband Shane McMahill of Akron, CO and their children; Savanna, Joshua and Anthony. His daughter Teri and husband Joe Stivers of Otis, CO and their children; Austin and Tristen. Brother, John and wife Sara Stephen of Bellview, CO and their children; Scott Stephen, Katy and husband Jake Rector all of Ft Collins, CO. Uncle, Arley Bluhm of Highlands Ranch, CO, 13 Bluhm cousins and families. Cousin, Joan and husband Jim Drullinger of Akron, CO. Joan's grandchildren and families. He is also survived by 9 Prather in laws. Many nieces & nephews, Grand nieces & nephews, Great Grand nieces & nephews, and a host of friends.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, RIchard & Ruby Stephen; and little brother, Robert; Grandparents, Bill & Rose Stephen, Dennis & Laura Bluhm; Cousins, Jeannie Stephen, Norma Brown, Faith Brown, and Charlie Brown; his parents in law, Truman & Opal Prather; 2 sister in laws; and 4 brother in laws.
Celebration of Life services will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church in Otis at 10:30am. Interment will follow at the Otis Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Dick's memory to FIrst Presbyterian Church of Otis, Otis Ambulance Services and Hospice of the Plains. Though he is an angel in heaven now, h
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Mar. 5, 2015
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