Richard Stevens


LIBERTY CENTER -- Richard E. Stevens, 88, of Liberty Center, Ohio, passed away March 21, 2014, at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida, of heart problems.

Dick was born on October 10, 1925, in Washington Township, on the farm near Liberty Center, Ohio, the son of Ralph and Edith (Haffey) Stevens. Dick attended Mohler School for three grades and then finished his schooling at Liberty Center Public School graduating in 1943. He entered the USNR in 1943, where he trained as a radio-operator at Northwestern University. He served as RM.2c in the Pacific Theater during World War II, seeing action at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Leyte Gulf in the Philippines.

Dick married Treva Spiess, who survives, on November 2, 1947, and they celebrated over 66 years together living in Liberty Center. They had two children, Richard (Steve) Lee (Elizabeth) of Fredericksberg, Virginia, and Sally Ann (Alan) Speer of Strongsville, Ohio.

He worked at Service Station Supply in Napoleon, Ohio, for 32 years as an auto parts salesman. Dick retired in 1987, and spent the winters in Fort Myers, Florida. He was a charter and life member of VFW Post 6596. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, and traveling. He attended the Liberty Center Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mazie Fisher and Hazel Mann; and brothers, Harold (Pal), Chalmer (Jim), Byron (Barney) and Jack.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Wright-Habegger Funeral Home in Liberty Center, with visitation on Friday, May 9, 2014, from 4-8 p.m. Burial will be private with military honors in Young Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Richard's memory may be made to VFW Post 6596, Liberty Center Public Library, Liberty Center Historical Society, Liberty Center Methodist Church or the donor's choice.

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