Richard Stevenson

Richard L. Stevenson

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020
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MISSOULA ~ Richard Lee Stevenson, 73, of Missoula, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

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Nikki Stevenson

Posted at 01:15am
Richard Lee Stevenson, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on June 10, 2020 after an extended battle with cancer. He was 73 years old.

Richard was born in Spokane, WA on October 10, 1946 to Robert and Arlowene Stevenson. He spent his youth growing up in the Potomac area, where he developed a love of hunting and fishing. Richard went to Hellgate High School, where he excelled in football and track. When he was in his late teens, he was with friends when he visited the Hollands, where he first noticed a picture of Linda Holland. He told Linda’s sister, Betty, that he was going to marry Linda one day. After a short whirlwind romance, he asked Linda to marry him and, on October 16, 1965, Richard and Linda were wed.

Within a couple of years after they wed, Richard and Linda had their first child, Tammy. Around this time, Richard began a career as a logger, becoming a Skidder Operator. He would remain in this vocation for the rest of his career.

In 1970, Richard and Linda gave birth to their second child, Lois. Five years later, they would have their third child, Richard. By this time, Richard started to work for Champion, one of Missoula’s largest economic contributors, and would stay with them until they closed their logging division in the late 80s. A short time after Champion closed its doors on logging operations, Richard went to work for Kelly Logging, where he would remain until his retirement.

Richard had a love of the outdoors and would spend many weekends fishing at Rock Creek or Scotty Brown’s on the Blackfoot River, where he taught all three of his children how to fish. He loved sharing stories about hunting and fishing as well. Matthew and Ryan, Lois’s boys and Richard’s grandsons, swapped tales of their fishing and hunting exploits along with photos of their fish, elk and deer they were able to take from their journeys.

When Richard wasn’t in the outdoors, he spent his free time listening to country music and watching a variety of sports, including NASCAR, football and surprisingly, golf. He followed the teams of his family, and simply enjoyed a good game, no matter who was winning.

Richard was a wonderful man who enjoyed his family very much. He would always make sure the house had sweets and soda for those who came to visit. He spent a lot of time with his first granddaughter, Jezzika, who had shared their home off and on throughout the years. Richard and Linda babysat all the grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved all the time they were able to spend with them.

His generosity and kindness knew no bounds. Richard would assist his family in anything he could help them with, no matter the time or the place. He would even extend his kindness and generosity to strangers he had never met, as he was the type of man who would give someone the shirt off his back if it would help them out.

Richard shared his whole life with Linda. He was a loving husband who regarded Valentine’s Day as important as any holiday since it was the day that he and Linda shared their first dance together. And so, they danced throughout the years, weaving a simple yet wonderful life and love in the tapestries of time.

Richard is survived by his wife, Linda and his mother, Arlowene, along with his brothers Kenny and Dale and his sisters Bobbie and Roxie. Also, he is survived by his children Tammy and her husband Erik, Lois, and Richard and his wife Nikki, along with his grandchildren Jezzika, Matthew and Ryan and his great grandchildren Marley, Caprice and Alena.

Richard declined to have a funeral, instead he wished for cremation, which will be performed by Garden City Funeral Home.


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