RALPH M. STEVENSON (1925 - 2016)

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RALPH M. STEVENSON Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Ralph M. Stevenson (91) peacefully went to be with his wife Betty on May 12, 2016 from natural causes surrounded by his family. Ralph was born in Galesburg, Kansas on February 10, 1925 and was the second of three Stevenson brothers. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents Loyd "Buck" and Edith (Neely) Stevenson, his wife of 68 years Betty Stevenson and his brothers Harold and Gene Stevenson. He is survived by his four children: Mike (Michelle) Stevenson of Montana, Larry (Denise) Stevenson of California, Gail (Chuck) Sitler of Kennewick and Rhonda Stevenson of California; his eight grandchildren: Dwane (Angie) Sitler, Wendy (Eric) Wilz, Angela (Jeremy) Watkins, Brianne Stevenson, Michael Stevenson, Jessica (Eric) Bucy, Amanda Leistiko and Krista Stevenson; 11 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Ralph enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and went off to World War II as a Seaman First Class. First stationed in Honolulu after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Ralph's company was then attached to the Marines off the shores of Saipan, Japan. Upon his return from the war, Ralph met his lifelong partner, Betty, at the Tower Ballroom dancing to the Tommy Dorsey Band. They married August 16, 1947. In 1958, he made a major decision to move his family to Kennewick. Ralph was a master stonelayer and bricklayer in the Tri-Cities for over 40 years. If a house was built with a fireplace in the Tri-Cities from 1958-1990, it is highly likely Ralph built it. He used his creative skill to build stone and brick fireplaces, veneers, fences, and pillars as well as block buildings throughout the Tri-Cities including Hubby's Pizza, the dugouts and concessions stands at Roy Johnson Field, the addition to Zip's Drive-In downtown, Swanstorm Floor Covering, the old General Telephone building on Clearwater Avenue and the Boardman Inn to name a few. Ralph was a partner in Schmidt and Stevenson Masonry and then the owner of Stevenson Masonry. His businesses sponsored local Little League teams in the 70s. Ralph and Betty were parishioners of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Parish of the Holy Spirit. Ralph will be remembered for the way he used to tease little kids, friends and family with his quick wit and funny names like Mabel, Patricia, Hippie, Rosco or Little One. He loved his time fishing and hunting with his buddies and his sons and built a cabin in the Blue Mountains for his family to gather and enjoy the outdoors together. A rosary will be recited in his honor on Monday, May 16th, 2016, 6 pm, at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home, 1401 S. Union Street, Kennewick. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Parish of the Holy Spirit, 7409 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick followed by a reception. Burial will follow at 2 pm at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 10th and Union Street, Kennewick. In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution in memory of Ralph Stevenson to the Wounded Warriors Family Support - 920 S 107th Ave., Suite 250, Omaha, NE 68114 or donate at http://www.wwfs.org/wounded-warriors-family-support/information/giving The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald from May 14 to May 17, 2016
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