Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX


Richard Eugene Stephanow Sr.

September 9, 1942July 31, 2019

Richard Stephanow Sr., age 76, died on Wednesday, the 31st of July 2019, in his home in Houston, Texas peacefully while asleep.

Richard was born on the 9th of September 1942, in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Spring Branch High School 1960. He started at the University of Texas where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He gained his B.A. at University of Houston in 1965 and later earned his law degree from University of Houston in 1967. Richard went into private practice for many years as a criminal defense attorney. He went on to become a judge on the 232nd Criminal District Court in 1982 and later Justice of the First Court of Appeals in 1988. He also worked as General Counsel of the Texas Medical Center. Among many organizations and boards he was involved in the Houston Livestock Steer Auction Committee, Ducks Unlimited, Big Brothers and Sisters, and Tanglewood Bank Board. He was a husband, father, grandfather, friend, bull rider, fisherman, hunter, golfer, and #1 Texans fan. He was always available to help someone in need. He touched many lives and will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Carl Stepahanow Jr; his father, Carl Stephanow Sr.; and his mother, Edith Evelyn Stephanow. Richard is survived by his wife, Nancy; his son, Richard Stephanow Jr. and his wife Leah; and his daughter, Karen Stephanow Hargrave and her husband Bryan; granddaughters, Madeleine Hargrave, Kendall Stephanow, and Katherine Hargrave.

A memorial service is to be conducted at three o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 9th of August, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent Bagby Parish Hall. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed toward The PTSD Foundation of America, 9724 Derrington Rd., Houston, TX 77064; or to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 9, 2019


Richard Eugene Stephanow Sr.

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Jack Kamrath

August 5, 2019

So sorry to learn of Ricky's passing. He was a Friend at UT and Deke brother although we had not stayed close after UT.

I knew him as a great guy and Sandra and I hold him and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim Henderson

August 4, 2019

Richard was a dear, longtime friend and will be sorely missed by many.
While I have many, many fond memories of times with Rick playing golf and fishing, one thing sticks out. He had a boat in a marina in Galveston. I had a boat I trailered. We fished together often — more out of his boat than mine. One day I told him I had been researching marinas in the area and had decided Eagle Point was the ideal site and was seriously considering renting a stall there. A few days later he called and said, “while you are thinking about it, I did it and have moved to Eagle Point so why don’t you sell yours and buy half of mine?” I did and we shared a boat for years with nary a problem and lots and lots of great times.
Thanks, Rick! Rest In Peace. Jim