Richard StephensMay 5, 1938 ~ August 11, 2017 (age 79)
Richard Stephens, 79, of Haines, Oregon passed away peacefully with family at home on August 11th, 2017. A visitation will be held at Coles Tribute Center on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM and on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A funeral service will be held for Richard on Friday, August 18, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 10:00 AM. Coles Tribute Center has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Richard Delbert Stephens was born May 5th, 1938 to Ralph Stephens and Rose Pembroeck Stephens in Twickenham Oregon. Richard’s family moved to the Keating area when he was five, and then relocated to Haines shortly after. He attended Rock Creek, Muddy Creek, and Haines grade school, and then graduated from North Powder High School in 1956. Richard then served two years as a mechanic in the United States Army based at Fort Lewis Washington.
After his army service, Richard returned to Haines Oregon and immediately went to work for his brother-in-law Elbert Fisher. Richard continued to work various jobs as a mechanic, millwright, and heavy equipment operator while also starting his own farming operation.
Also upon returning from the service, Richard met his eternal companion Nina Ann Miller. They were married June 29, 1962. Richard and Nina farmed in the Rock Creek area their entire married life of 55 years. Richard had a great love of the land and farming. He was a cattleman and an avid hunter. Due to health reasons, Richard semi-retired in 2010. He was an excellent steward of the land and readily shared his knowledge with others. He had an entrepreneurial spirit, he was a fabricator, and an excellent mechanic.
Richard passed a great deal of his knowledge and skills to his children and grandchildren. Richard and Nina raised three children, teaching them the value of working on the farm. He also taught them the importance of honesty, and to have a great appreciation for this land and our great country.
Richard is survived by his wife Nina and his children Delbert (Sam), Jennifer (Chris), and Cynthia (Eric). He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his brother Robert (Caren), Sister Marilyn Kidder, and Sister Evelyn Fisher.
Richard is preceded in death by his Parents, his brother Donald Stephens, his brother-in-law Bill Kidder, and brother-in-law Elbert Fisher.