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STEPHENSON, Richard A.
STEPHENSON, Richard A. Born Sept. 20, 1934, in Adair, Iowa. Passed away May 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev. Richard is preceded in death by son Roy; parents Roy & Lomie; and five siblings: Wayne, Warren, Verona, Mary Anne, and Ruth. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gloria; children: Debbie (Mike) Render, Diane (Stephen) Richardson; grandchildren: Stephen and Shelby Richardson. While growing up on his familys farm in Iowa, Richard developed a passion for gardening and the outdoors. He joined the U.S. Air Force after high school and (after becoming a photo interpreter specialist) was stationed at Roswell AFB, N.M., where he also became known as 'Steve'. He met his wife Gloria when she visited her sister Irene & brother-in-law Dave Sambrano at Roswell, and after Dave set them up on a date they soon fell in love and were eventually married on August 17, 1956. After an honorable discharge, Richard pursued a BSEE degree from Cal State LA. Upon graduation, Richard secured a job with North American Aviation in Downey, Calif., as an Electrical Engineer in aerospace. Richards initial aerospace career bridged the entire Apollo Space program as he worked on the Capsule Electronics, plus frequently travelling between Calif. and Fla. to support critical Apollo mission events. After Apollo, Richard moved his family to Lancaster, Calif. to work on the Space Shuttle program with Rockwell in Palmdale, Calif.Throughout his aerospace career, Richard received several awards from astronauts for his excellent contributions. After Shuttle, Richards Engineering skills were still in demand by Rockwell as he transitioned onto the B-1 Bomber program in Palmdale, and remained with them intermittently beyond retirement. Richard also maintained a 1st Class FCC Radio License thru his career and on into retirement when they moved to Crestline, Calif. in 1994, as he was assigned as an emergency radio operator for the mountain community. Richard remained an active member of the LDS Church (honoring all of callings), plus other memberships within the Elks Lodge, American Legion and SAR (Sons of the American Revolution). Richard enjoyed gardening, barbequing, hunting, fishing, camping, reading & traveling, but his favorite activities revolved around family. He cherished the many opportunities he had of visiting his home state of Iowa and being among treasured family members & close friends. Richard was a quiet and unpretentious man who was good with one-liners and his word and / or his firm handshake was his bond. Richard enjoyed working with tools and was often called upon to assist with neighborhood projects as he could fix just about anything. Visitation will be held from 5:00-9:00pm, Thurs., June 8, 2017, at Rose Hills Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, Calif. Funeral Services will be held 10:00am, Fri., June 9, 2017, at the LDS Church Crestline Ward, 294 Fernwood Dr., with interment to follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif. Richard was a beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle and Friend to all who knew him. His memories will be truly cherished and he will be greatly missed by all.

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