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Richard D. Stephenson


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Richard D. Stephenson Obituary
Richard D. Stephenson, 76, died peacefully Monday, April 18, 2016, in Pocatello, after an 11 year battle with cancer and health problems.
Born November 16, 1939, in Preston, Idaho, he was the third of five children of A.D. Stephenson and Allida VandenAkker. He attended school in McCammon, Clearfield, Utah, and, Marsh Valley High School in Arimo, Idaho, where he was active in sports. His father worked construction and ranched near McCammon, Idaho while his Mother worked at Garrett Freight Lines for many years in Pocatello, Idaho.
He married Joyce C Helmandollar in 1958, and the wedding was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls, Idaho, LDS Temple in 1959.
Rich and Joyce moved to Inkom in 1960, where they have lived since that time. Richard got a job at Idaho Portland Cement where he became the Plant Engineer and worked for 46 years, before retiring in 2004. He loved working there and enjoyed his many life-long friendships he made there.
Rich was involved in the community and became extremely active in the LDS Church, where he served in many positions. He loved scouting and was a long time Scout Master, and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He served many years as a Bishop and Stake President.
Rich loved gardening and was a carpenter. He built their home in 1964 as well as many others in the Inkom area.
He loved sports, the local teams, especially the Marsh Valley Eagles. He and Dennis Whitworth announced the football games as the voice of the Eagles, as well as the ISU Bengals for several years on the radio.
He loved life and he especially loved people. He will truly be missed by all their great friends and family.
Rich is survived by Joyce, his wife of 57 years; his children, R. Craig and Julie Stephenson, Blackfoot, Debbie and Phil Nickel, Inkom, Leslie and Tom Foltz, Pocatello, Kristin and Mike Jones, Pocatello; a brother, K.V. and Patsy Stephenson, Blackfoot; a sister, Delores Orton, Twin Falls; a sister, Deana and John Price, Rigby; a brother, Steve and Linda Stephenson, Farmington, New Mexico; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a multitude of nieces and nephews; and more relatives, good friends and neighbors, than you can shake a stick at. He is preceded in death by his father and mother.
A viewing will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the LDS Rapid Creek Ward Chapel, 973 N. Rapid Creek Rd. Inkom, ID 83245.
Funeral services, with Bishop Ernie Moser conducting, will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 2 p.m. with a viewing from 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the service also at the church in Inkom.
Interment will follow at the Inkom Idaho Cemetery.
Colonial Funeral Home 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, Idaho 83201, 208-233-1500, is caring for Richard's family and condolences may be made online at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Apr. 23, 2016
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