Meadville Tribune

July 1, 2013

Richard D. Stephens

Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Richard D. Stephens, 80, of Hunters Ridge, Meadville, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, surrounded by his loving wife and family at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community.

He was born May 21, 1933, in Meadville, a son of Robert Stephens and Elsie Brewer Stephens. He married Dorothy Stiles, who passed away in 1991, and is survived by his current wife, Evelyn Stephens.

He was a graduate of Meadville Area High School and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving his country during the Korean Conflict until 1955.

Richard was a certified tool and die maker and retired from Syst-a-matic Tool and Design in Meadville in 1997.

He was a member of Park Congregational Church, where he served as an usher and served on many different committees over the years.

Richard enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing and attending the sporting events of his grandchildren.

In addition to his loving wife, Evelyn, he is survived by a son, Matthew Stephens and his wife Samantha of Meadville; four stepchildren, Ronald First and his wife, Sue, of South Carolina, Randy First and his wife, Yolanda, of Conneautville, Rhonda Burnette and her husband, Eddie, of Meadville, and Renee Hayes and her husband, David, of Saegertown; seven grandchildren, Shawn, Connie, Josh, Dan, Sommer, Nick and Travis; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Stephens, in 1964, as a result of an accident; a stepson, Richard First, in 1972, as a result of an accident; his parents; and brothers and sisters.

Family and friends are welcome to call on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at Roofner-Collins-Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 544 Chestnut St., Meadville. The funeral and committal service will follow at the funeral home at 2 p.m., with Pastor Gary Brown of Park Congregational Church officiating. Following the committal service, there will be a military flag presentation.

Burial will take place in Denny Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community, 31 N. Park Ave., Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Please take a moment to share a memory, condolence or to order flowers for the family on Richard’s Book of Memories online at