richard l. stephenson
March 20, 1939 - Dec. 21, 2013
CASSOPOLIS, Mich. — Richard Lee Stephenson, 74, of Cassopolis, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 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 Jan. 3, 1958, in Angola, Ind. 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, Fla.; four daughters, Kathy (Randy) Melvin of Dowagiac, twins Donna (Mitch) Bennett of Edwardsburg and Diana (Denny) Hamood of Cassopolis and Karen (Scott) Dodd of Dowagiac; 18 grandchildren; 14 (almost 15) great-grandchildren; one brother, Roger Stephenson of Cassopolis; and one sister, Karen Lehman of Marcellus.
Family and friends will gather from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 N. Broadway St., Cassopolis, for a time of fellowship and storytelling.
The family prefers contributions in Dick’s memory to Cassopolis FFA Chapter, c/o Cassopolis Public Schools, 725 Center St., Cassopolis, MI 49031.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.
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