Richard Lee Stephenson

March 20, 1939 - December 21, 2013

Richard Lee Stephenson

March 20, 1939 - December 21, 2013


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Obituary for Richard Lee Stephenson

Richard Lee Stephenson, 74, of Cassopolis, died peacefully Saturday, December 21, 2013 in the presence of his family in the same room of the farmhouse in which he was born.

Dick was born March 20, 1939 to Alton and Evelyn (Stowe) Stephenson. He married Patricia Lynn Forbes January 3, 1958 in Angola, Indiana. She survives. His parents preceded him in death. He was also preceded by one brother, George Stephenson.

Dick will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Forbes) Stephenson of Cassopolis; one son, Rick (Billie Jean) Stephenson of Bonita Springs, Florida; four daughters, Kathy (Randy) Melvin of Dowagiac, twins, Donna (Mitch) Bennett of Edwardsburg and Diana (Denny) Hamood of Cassopolis, Karen (Scott) Dodd of Dowagiac; eighteen grandchildren; fourteen (almost fifteen) great grandchildren; one brother, Roger Stephenson of Cassopolis; and one sister, Karen Lehman of Marcellus.

Family and friends will gather Thursday, December 26, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis for a time of fellowship and storytelling. The Reverend Doug Tindall will lead a brief service at 7:00 p.m.

The family prefers contributions in Dick’s memory to Cassopolis FFA Chapter, c/o Cassopolis Public Schools, 725 Center Street, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031.

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