Ronald Stevens, 79 year old Vici resident and former Mooreland resident, died Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Oklahoma City. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel in Woodward with his son-in-law, Reverend Tom Kahn officiating. Burial will follow in the Mooreland Cemetery.
Ronald Gene Stevens was born April 20, 1937 on the family farm in Woodward County and the same house he lived in at his passing. He grew up on the family farm and attended school at Vici. Ronnie was united in marriage to Helen Marie Brooks on August 11, 1955 in Woodward, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Woodward and Ronald worked for Triplets Gas Station at 11th and Main and Clark Electric. The family moved to Panhandle, Texas and Ronald worked for the Bob McCaskey Ranch. They moved back to Woodward before moving to Mooreland in the late 1960's. He owned the Dairy Queen in Mooreland, was a police officer in Mooreland, and worked as a Deputy for Creel Gaston when he was Sheriff. Ron also worked for the Mooreland Coop before going to work for Clayton Propane for a number of years until he retired. In 1984, he bought the family farm in Vici and lived there until he passed.
Ronald loved his family and he enjoyed taking care of the family farm. He loved spending time with his family and especially loved being with his grandchildren and telling them tall tales. He enjoyed playing base and keyboard, fishing, and family vacations. He played electric Bass guitar with Chuck Carrico and the Rythm Riders, Hurshal Clothier and the Oklahoma Travelers, Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Thompson, and several others in back up bands for them.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years and eleven months, Helen Stevens of the home; two sons, Danny Stevens of Woodward, Russell Stevens and wife Julie of Tulsa; three daughters, Rhonda Fullbright and husband John of Moore, Jeanette Chancey and husband Jeff of Yukon, Patricia Kahn and husband Tom of Mooreland; ten grandchildren, Chassidy, Michael, Teela, Alora, Kari Jo, Jessica, Janessa, Valerie, Catherine, Shelli; 17 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hemphill and husband Howard of Baldwin City, Kansas; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Wayne Stevens on November 10, 1978, his parents, Anna and Albert Stevens, siblings, Clayton Stevens, Wiley Stevens, Pat Stevens, Alberta Cullison, Jim Stevens, Evelyn Stevens, Thelma Laiola, Velma Stevens, Robert Stevens, Leona Lingenfelter, John Stevens, Martha Helmick, Harold "Short" Stevens.
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Published on July 13, 2016