Richard Stephan

Richard "Dick" Stephan

March 15, 1930 - September 7, 2020
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Richard “Dick” Edwin Stephan was born on March 15, 1930, in Oak Park, IL, to Edwin and Dorothy (Southerland) Stephan. He grew up in the Chicago area, where he spent many hours at a local stable and dreamed of owning a ranch out west one day. Dick spent 4 years in the US Navy during the Korean War. He was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate and served on the USS Leyte, an Essex-class aircraft carrier.
Dick moved to Fort Collins, CO after leaving the Navy, where he met and married Carol Koch. He served on the city fire department until he retired in about 1981. One of his favorite pastimes was being a member of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, where he participated in search and rescue duties in the Rocky Mountains, as well as ropings and other social events. He also loved his guns and spent many hours at the rifle range, as well as reloading ammunition. While his four daughters were growing up, he was a big supporter of their equestrian competitions and other activities.
Later in life, Dick relocated to Phoenix, AZ, where he spent many satisfying years. He was an active member of the Elks Lodge, and was often found helping at their frequent events. Dick was also a long-time member of the American Legion. He was very talented at leather craft and enjoyed making special wallets, belts, and other items for family and friends. Dick had a horse for a few years while in Phoenix and enjoyed playing polocrosse.
While in Phoenix, Dick realized his need to have God be a part of his life. He realized he was a sinner in need of salvation and forgiveness of sin that only Jesus Christ could provide. He regularly attended Calvary Community Church in Phoenix. A few weeks before his death, Dick reaffirmed his trust in Jesus.
Due to his failing health, Dick moved to the Monument Health Long-Term Care in Sturgis, SD in 2015. His family would like to thank the staff for the excellent and loving care he received while he was a resident there.
Dick Stephan, 90, of Sturgis, died on September 7, 2020, at the Monument Health Long-Term Care facility in Sturgis, SD.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda (Paul) Marrs of Whitewood, SD, Lisa Stephan of Colorado, Karen Stephan of Washington, and Jane Stephan of Virginia; grandchildren, Kay, James, and John Marrs of Whitewood, SD; and cousin, Shirley Romo of Louisville, KY.
He was preceded in death by his parents and second wife, Diane.
A committal service will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2020.
A memorial has been established to the Gideons International.
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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    September 11, 2020 | 1:00pm
    September 11, 2020 1:00pm
    Black Hills National Cemetery
    20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Doug Clark
  • Interment

    Black Hills National Cemetery
    20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Jane A Stephan

Posted at 09:29am
With loving memories of you Dad. Peace, Prayers and Blessings,
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Roxy Boyer

Posted at 11:27pm
I’m so sorry to hear about Richard My mom was in the nursing home and was just down the hall from him. When I would go visit he always had to stop and say hi. One day while I was out shopping I came across and hat and it was Richard so he sure like it and always wore it.
God bless. My mom passed 2 months ago.

Larry Stomprud

Posted at 10:32am
My condolences to the Marrs family. Richard was always a friendly face and was happy to chat every time I stopped to visit my Mom at the Nursing Home. I know he will be missed.

Tara Tennis

Posted at 04:55pm
Thoughts and prayers for the family he was such a kind man. My grandma was down the hall from him and we spent many hours chatting while she slept. So sorry for your loss.

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