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Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Chapel

407 Jerry Street, Castle Rock, CO

OBITUARY

Richard M. Stevens

June 11, 1933November 20, 2019

Richard M. Stevens, age 86, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on November 20, 2019 in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Born June 11, 1933 in Springer, New Mexico to Dick and Vashtie Stevens, Rich was the first of three children raised on a ranch in Chico, New Mexico. In 1946, when a devastating fire left their New Mexico life in ruins, Dick and Tie moved the family to Castle Rock.

At that young age, Rich had helped the other ranch hands move the cattle herd through northern New Mexico and southern Colorado to the Denver stockyards, so the cattle trail to their new home in Castle Rock was a familiar one for him.

Rich met and married his high school sweetheart Pat, in October of 1953. The many friends and family members who visited Rich during his last days are proof of their successful and full life in Castle Rock. Rich won’t be joining the boys for coffee this morning, gathering with the Friday night dinner group or meeting the Saturday morning breakfast group, but all will remember and miss his napkin drawings and his soft spoken, yet salty wit.

During his years in Castle Rock, Rich was involved with many organizations such as the Sheriff’s Posse, Lion’s Club, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau, Cedar Hill Cemetery Board, and the Douglas County Fair Board just to name a few. A talented cartoonist and musician, Rich found humor throughout his life in everything he did and is easily seen in his art and his guitar jamming. His laughter and kindness will ring forever in the hearts of the many people he touched.

Rich met and started a relationship with Jan. They enjoyed traveling and dancing and life for 10 full years.

Rich is preceded in death by his wife, Pat Stevens, two daughters, Terry and Jerry Stevens, his parents, Dick and Tie Stevens, and in-laws Bill and Cecil Fauver, and will be missed greatly by his sisters, Ruth and Dixie Stevens, his daughters, Garry Sanden and Jana Thomas (Todd), grandson, Steven Simon, Jr, (Jenni) granddaughters Mandy Wright-Boyer (Steve), Chrissy Befus (Grant) and Corrie Freese (Chad), great-granddaughters Ashlea Simon, Malia Harris, Kalee Wright, Cobie Freese and Kirby Befus, great-grandsons Brody and Mason Wright, Cale Freese and Cutter Befus, and a great great granddaughter Trinity Aldinger, and will be sadly missed by his lady friend Jan Mauer.

We invite you to join us at a memorial in Rich’s honor on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 at 10:00 am at the New Hope Presbyterian Church at 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109, with interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 880 E. Wolfensberger Road In Castle Rock. The family asks you to join them in a celebration of Rich’s life immediately following the service at Kirk Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80104.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to hospice.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rocky Taylor
  • Todd Thomas
  • Steven Simon
  • Grant Befus
  • Chad Freese
  • Wayne Anderson
  • The family would like to recognize many life-long friends as honorary pallbearers

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 26, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Interment

Memories

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Neal Kirby

November 27, 2019

In the early 1970s I worked for Rich hauling hay out of the mountains. He taught me a lot about life, work and trucking. He was a great mentor to me and I am saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to all of his family and friends.

Sincerely
Neal Kirby

Jim and Teddy McKay

November 26, 2019

We always thought of Rich as representing everything that is good about Douglas County. Kind, friendly and always a gentleman. You always looked forward to meeting him. Pat and his children were the same. Seeing him with Jan was a special treat. They obviously enjoyed each other so much.

Angelina Martinez

November 26, 2019

Where to begin!? I first met Mr. Stevens while helping my mom take care of his home. I quickly learned how kind and gentle he was to everyone he met. Now, about 13 years later, I still have never met a man quite like him. Working for him was a pleasure. I enjoyed his stories, laughter, contagious smile, big hugs, and positivity. I will miss our love of turkeys and my Turkey Tuesday pictures. He always impressed me with his knowledge and I loved sharing what we talked about with my kids. Jan and Rich would attend my daughter's guitar gigs around town...I think they were her biggest fans! I love you Mr. Stevens. I will miss you...my kids will miss you.

Les and Dixie Echols

November 24, 2019

We were acquainted with Rich and Pat in the early 50's and later when they lived in the house on the ranch Dixie's parents (Ray & Wilma Norton) previously owned. Had great times visiting them and the young girls.
Later, we always looked forward to seeing Rich at Pegasus breakfasts when we were in town. So sad.

Sue Ewing (King)

November 24, 2019

I met Rich and Pat as a child. They were one of our neighbors living 3 miles back. Rich would pick me up when I walked to the bus stop when he drove to town. This was before Terry started school.

I also remember one Christmas when he gave up his day to dig out all his neighbors after a blizzard with his catapiller.

He will be missed by all friends and family.

Ray Colby

November 23, 2019

Rich was the first person my family met when we moved to Bell Mtn ranch back in 1965 and I'm proud to say we've been friends ever since. Rest in peace old friend. In

Christy Usher

November 23, 2019

I had the privilege of getting to know Rich over the 10 years I waited on him at The B. I can't recall a single day that he didn't come in without a smile. He was such a kind and beautiful soul. A true gentleman. My condolences to his family. I will miss him.

Joyce Szymanski-Garcia

November 23, 2019

The Stevens family had been in my life since birth and a better bunch of people you will never find. I'm so very sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He was one of the kindest people I've ever known. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Gerri Smith

November 23, 2019

What a kind man. We met over 20 years ago when our son lived in Elizabeth. He shared his love of cowboy gear with us, we were the new kids to collecting. Hg and I really missed thise visits when our kids moved.

Janette Bernal

November 22, 2019

Rich as stated always had a nice smile when seeing him usually at my work when he would come in for parts at John Deere, a few years ago he also one Easter morning ran into him at Pegasus. He was there with Don Riser and Rocky, when he saw me and my family waiting for a table he waved me over and gave us his table cuz he said they were leaving...👍♥️ will truly been missed.

FROM THE FAMILY