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12/28/1938 — 11/01/2021
From Richland WaWatch Graveside Service
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Ronald K. Stephens, 82 years old, passed away November 1, 2021. He was born in Sedan, Kansas to
George and Annabelle Stephens and was part of the worker migration to Hanford, WA in the 1940s to
assist with the WWII effort. Ron attended Richland High School where he met and fell in love with his
beloved Jinnie, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage before her passing in 2016. Ron graduated
from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. Ron had a career in
computer science and during his early career with Computer Sciences Corporation he was part of an
advance management team responsible for setting up new locations across the US and in Canada. Later
in his career, he happily accepted the opportunity to return to Richland WA.
Ron is remembered as an active, kind and thoughtful man and wonderful father. His smile was always
warm and infectious. Ron loved a broad range of music, trying to capture beautiful scenery through
photos, and tackling complex DIY projects. Due to his health challenges, Ron needed to learn to cook
late in his life, and everything from scratch – he embraced this as one more fun and interesting
challenge, and was able to share resulting recipes and tips with many grateful recipients. Ron pursued
many sports and physical activities throughout his life, and when daughter Tracy needed a youth
basketball coach, Ron stepped into that role – an experience he treasured even decades later. Ron
loved camping and exploring beautiful wide open spaces. Most family gatherings involved cards and
other games, which could get a little competitive at times. Ron was generous with his time and
supported many non-profit agencies. Ron enjoyed volunteering for the West Richland Police
Department’s VIP program for many years until his health challenges prevented it.
Ron is survived by sons Mark Stephens of Menifee CA, Scott Stephens of Mitchell IN, daughters Shelly
Stephens of Grand Haven MI and Tracy Richter of Richland WA, thirteen grandchildren, thirteen great
grandchildren, siblings Gene (San Diego CA) and George (Buckeye AZ), and many nieces and nephews.
Ron will be remembered and respected for his deep and abiding love of family. For his love and
devotion, he was in turn fiercely loved by his family and will be deeply missed.
Einan’s at Sunset Gardens will be assisting the family with a service and celebration on July 2nd , in
recognition of Ron and Jinnie’s wedding anniversary. A service will be held at 9am at the niche Ron
selected. A Celebration of Life will follow from 10am-12pm. In the meantime, everyone who
remembers Ron is invited to celebrate him in a way meaningful to their relationship with him.
Uncle Ronald, you were one of a kind and I will always remember the best piece of advice you gave me was to always use a bathroom when given a chance. Rest in peace with Aunt Jinnie. Love you