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Richard Joseph Stevens, affectionately known as Dick, George, Rich and Poppy, age 84, passed away July 8, 2014, in St. Luke's Hospital. Richard was born to George and Clara (Soinski) Stevens on April 22, 1930, in Toledo. He attended St. Theresa Grade School, Central Catholic and Scott High School. At the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He subsequently reenlisted with an assignment in Turkey, a country he came to know and love. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Richard began his career as a collection manager for General Electric and then worked 33 years for the Lucas County Credit Bureau until his retirement in 1993. He was a member of the Przybylski American Legion Post #642. As a longtime member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Richard had been an usher, belonged to the Holy Name Society, coached CYO basketball and was a Cub Scout and Webelos leader at the school. He enjoyed gardening, bowling, golfing, fishing, and working with wood. He created various items over the years, most notably toys for his kids and grandkids. He was a devoted Notre Dame and University of Kentucky fan. In general, Richard loved life, his family and his country.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert, and son-in-law, Mark R. Yager. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lillian (Nowak); daughters, Debbie Yager, Darlene (Manuel) Jaimez, Cathy Stevens, and sister, Henrietta Szymanski; he was a devoted grandfather "Poppy" to his grandchildren, Megan (Ben) Davidson, Mark (Taryn) Yager, Katie (Troy) Cronk, Kayla (Russ) Maxon, Emily (Kody Herman) Yager, and Lucas Jaimez; great-grandchildren, Bryce and Skylar Yager and Mason Cronk; numerous nieces and nephews; faithful pet, Riley and "grand-dogs," Sadie and Eddie.
Family and friends may visit Friday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy. where Przybylski A.L. Post 642 services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin with prayers at the mortuary on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. in St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Parish or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Messages of condolence may be made at
W K Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home
3838 Airport Hwy Toledo, OH 43615
Published in Toledo Blade on July 10, 2014