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Old 10-08-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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RangerRick,,my brother from another mother.

Rick used to have mules,,as he was a strange cross between mountain man and naked native "savage" in his exploits, and mules are handy for work.
At one time he had 2 mules,the smaller one was Samantha, and another HUGE one named Dick,,and he carried pictures of them in his wallet.
So,, inna bar one time,,livestock comes up in conversation, and RangerRick asks aloud,,"Hey,,anybody want to see a picture of my big mule Dick?"

Some time went by, conversations moved on, and a bit later a "gal" quietly approached Ricky and said,(as she is trying to sneak a peek at his crotch),"I'd kinda like to see your picture of your big dick". ,


that's my brother,,,
RIP buddy.
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:21 AM   #2
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I wish we would have had more time around a camp fire....

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Old 10-09-2014, 10:28 AM   #3
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Only met him once, but will remember him forever.
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:30 AM   #4
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RangerRick was a good dude.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:28 AM   #5
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:47 PM   #6
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Richard "Rick" Ray Stephens

Rick as he was known to his family and numerous friends passed away Sunday morning at Riverbend Hospital. He was a native Oregonian, and made his home here in Springfield. He met the love of his life, Jeannie, in 2012, and they married on June 22, 2013, they had finally found true love with each other, and for the short time they had together, it was the happiest time of their lives, adoring one another.

Rick was a Vietnam Veteran who served in the Marine Corps. He was a member of the VFW Post 3965 right here in Springfield. He also worked for the Coos County Sheriff's Office in Search and Rescue for many years, and enjoyed skydiving. He worked as a plasterer by trade for 35 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved to bow hunt, and enjoyed the outdoors, a true "mountain man" at heart. Rick made his own bow strings, handmade jewelry, and leather goods. Rick had a great sense of humor, and an uncanny ability to keep everyone on their toes and laughing with whatever came out of his mouth. He was truly "one of a kind", and to know him was to love him.

Rick is survived by his wife, Jeannie, their 2 babies, their beloved German Wire Hair Pointers, his two sons, Stewart Stephens and Rick Palo both of Springfield, Jeannie's daughter and son-in-law, Jim and Andrea Cagle of Eugene, 5 grandchildren, Madison and Mason Palo, and Joshua, Jaiden and Rhianna Cagle. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Mary, Deanna and Lana, all of Springfield, and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a potluck Celebration Of Life held at VFW Post 3965 Men's Auxiliary, 5344 Main St., in Springfield on Saturday, October 11th, at 3 p.m. Please come and share in the celebration of Rick's life with Jeannie!
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:59 PM   #7
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Won't be the same riding around Oregon without a chance to bump into ole Ranger Rick, truly one of a kind.
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Old 10-11-2014, 02:16 AM   #8
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:54 AM   #9
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Raising a glass for Ricky right now...

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Old 10-11-2014, 08:11 PM   #10
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Thank you all,,

So good to see so many riders show up to represent.
Ricky would dig it!
Some people asked,,"So, are you the guys Rick talked about riding with?"
Yes,,,yes we are!,,and there are another half dozen or so that drove in cars!

Overheard in the outdoor smoking area from an old timey VFW member,,"I can not remember a time when this many people showed up for a memorial for one person."
Thanks to Mark for riding the Ural there,,lots of folks liked the fact they could see it and relate to the stories Rick told.
All of them liked the fact that Mark will ride it as it was intended.
I saw so many faces that I remembered,,that I cannot put names to.
I couldn't stay long, When the Marine Honor Guard outside blew taps,, I got weak,,I'd rather cry at home,,
When it is sounded properly and in the correct timing and cadence,, as was done today,,it can be a heart crusher!
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:49 AM   #11
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Sorry about your loss buddy. Sounded like a helluva guy to be around. Ride on...with the good memories!
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:13 AM   #12
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That was a very nice celebration of life. I was semi mesmerized watching the flag ceremony when the guy started playing taps about two feet from my left ear. Impossible to move, paralyzed by perfect crisp clear notes it was surreal.
What a huge turn out. Rick touched a lot of peoples lives.

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Old 10-12-2014, 09:24 PM   #13
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I talked to my good friend Charlie tonight (I don't think anyone here knows him except Mr. Fisherman and Ranger Rick), Charlie was obviously sadden by the news. But found comfort that he was able to visit Rick one last time last month on his way back to San Diego. He found out a couple of days ago when he tried calling Rick to see how he was doing

I was fortunate to meet Rick at one of Raindog's bash's a few years back........one of them guys that you meet and they make you fell that you've known each other for years and are close friends.


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Old 10-13-2014, 09:31 AM   #14
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Taps

When the Marine bugled taps, everyone stood still and silent.
I noticed and older man walking with a cane toward the bus stop out on Main st. across the packed full parking lot.
When the bugle sounded, he stopped right where he was, turned to face the bugler and stood at attention, holding a salute until the last note faded across the parking lot.
I choked up,,
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:18 PM   #15
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Hey Peter-

Was Ricky interred at the cemetery on N Danebo near our shop? I saw two Marines in dress blues waiting there at lunch time today plus a bunch of cars.
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