Raymond "Steve" Wesley Stevens, 85, of Sweet Home, Oregon passed away Sunday, May 10. He was born in Thomas, Oklahoma to Lloyd Franklin and Vessay J. (Hensley) Stevens.
He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1957 and was in Korea. He was injured as a paratrooper and finished service as Chef for Officers. He was discharged at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Raymond stayed in the Tacoma, Washington area for many years, taking several road trips back to Oklahoma. He moved to Sweet Home in 1991.
He worked as a painter and Jack of all trades. He also worked on a salmon fishing boat in Alaska.
Raymond loved to work on vehicles—buy, fix up, trade... The next one was always the best.
Raymond married Dorthea in Tacoma and had three children. They later divorced. After moving to Sweet Home, he met and married Sharrell Britton, the love of his life. They traveled all over, living for a while in Washington, the Oregon Coast, Arizona, and Oklahoma. They always came back to Sweet Home.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Sharrell, of Sweet Home; children: Brad, Jody David all of Washington; three sisters: Lois of California, Mildred, Lena May both of Oklahoma; step-children: Teresa Starline of Sweet Home, Sandra Taylor of Lebanon, Angel Kragness of Sweet Home, and Mike Struminski of Reedsport; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; nine step grandchildren; 24 step great grandchildren; one step great great grandchild.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.