Richard Stephens

Richard H. "Rick" Stephens

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
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Richard H Stephens, age 70, died peacefully at the Village Health Care Center in Missoula, MT, On Jan 14, 2020, twenty months after having suffered a massive, debilitating stroke.

Born in Great Falls, Mt, he spent most of his adult life in Missoula. He graduated from the University of Montana He lettered in swimming while in college. He served in the US Navy, on the aircraft carrier Constellation, during the Vietnam war.

Rick was a man of many talents, holding a wide variety of jobs. He owned New Era Bicycles in Missoula. He was the Missoula downtown ambassador for several years and was a friend of the Missoula Carousel. He delivered mail at the University of Montana. He served on the East Missoula Sewer Board. He was a biking enthusiast. He was a Montana man, a free spirit with a wide variety of interests in life. He was always ready to help anyone in need even if that meant sharing his home with them. He excelled at being kind to all. He was always full of good ideas. He loved to tell stories and he told many!

Rick was an avid shopper. He always found just the right gifts for people. His nieces and nephew received such things as a unicycle, ventriloquist dolls, a wooden teepee and a tumbling mat that was far too large for any normal house. All were appreciated with smiles and good humor and usually put to good use.
During one family vacation on a cruise ship, Rick brought wonderful kites to fly off of the back of the cruise ship with his nieces and nephew and brought a top hat for the formal dinners. Always creative. Always caring.

His niece Sara said sincerely, “Rick was the fun uncle that every kid wants to have and we were lucky enough to have him for ours.”

His nephew Scott said, “Rick was a unique individual; completely unbelievable at times with his prolific stories, yet authentic in his love for everyone in his life.”

Rick was preceded in death by his mother Jean Stephens and his father Ben Stephens. He is survived by his sister Sara Stephens ( Brad Willis), South Padre Island, TX, brother Ben Stephens ( Mary) of Hastings MN, and treasured nieces and nephew Kim, Sara, and Scott.

Interment with military honors will be held in the spring.

Family and close friends are so appreciative of the care received at The Village Health Care Center. We are all grateful for the people who gathered around Rick in the last 20 months and offered their steadfast love.
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Richard E Spencer

Posted at 04:24pm
Rick worked for me at The Mail Services Department at the University of Montana. He was also a good friend and an incredible free spirit. He often found stray cats and dogs near his home in East Missoula and then would turn them over to his sister Sara at Alpine Vet, Two of those cats found their way from Sara to my wife Kay where they made new homes with us, Sadly Prince left me on Christmas day 2018 but Sasha is still living with me. Upon learning of his passing, my thoughts were that Rick had joined my wife Kay, our pet Prince, and many other friends and pets at the "Rainbow Bridge".
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Rick

Posted at 03:33pm
My sincere sympathy, from the other Rick and your friends in the UofM Mailroom
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Dick Ainsworth

Posted at 03:06pm
Very sad to see of Rick's passing, but also happy to see an end to his pain.

Rick and I served on the East Missoula Community Council for many years and he was a great member...always thinking "outside the box", but that was Rick...always new and creative ideas.

East Missoula will miss our good friend...

Dick Ainsworth
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Tim Marchant

Posted at 11:51pm
I was the Director of the Tour of the Swan River Valley - West (TOSRV-West) and president of the Missoula Bicycle Club over the course of 15 years. Rick was a tireless and selfless supporter of TOSRV. He was generous of both his time and his spirit. He was always there to make sure things got done right after everyone else had left. Many a time a cyclist who'd maybe chewed off more than he or she could handle got a safe ride back to town with Rick. Our deepest condolences from all of us at the Missoula Bicycle Club.

Sincerely,

Tim Marchant
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