Dick Steck, age 96, of Cody, died Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Spirit Mountain Hospice House in Cody.
Dick was born January 2, 1919 to Eva and Bertram Steck. He attended Powell schools graduating in 1936. After graduation he worked on the Ralston canal, and in Yellowstone Park, where he learned to hate bears.
Dick joined the navy on October 3, 1995. He served on destroyers mostly in the Atlantic and later the Pacific oceans. In one of the assaults in the Solomon Islands, while escorting a resupply echelon to Mindoro the U.S.S. Pringle was hit by a kamikaze plane, resulting in great loss of life and the survivors were plummeted into the sea. They were rescued by other U.S. ships that were nearby.
After Dick was stateside, Afton Jones, from Byron, Wyoming, joined him in Charleston, South Carolina on September 3, 1942. They had 2 children, Jan and Vern; 2 grand children, Tammy and Troy and 2 great-grandchildren, Lacy and Tiffany, Drew and Michaela Jones.
After his discharge in 1945, Dick and Afton settled in Cody and opened a small C & S grocery store. This small “Mom and Pop” store evolved into Stack’s I.G.A. Together they ran this store for 35 years. It was a friendly store, providing any item requested, that was not already on its shelves. They loved their customers as well as their many employees. Dick was particularly proud of the “Profit Sharing Trust” to employees who were interested. This plan later became a great boom to former employees as they chose retirement themselves.
After they retired they were at last to spend time traveling in their motor home, golfing along the way. Dick was a great golfer and he had many, many trophies to show for it. He also lifted “some bucks” from his opponents ranging from Cody to California. He also just smiled while he took their money.
It was good they retired when they did, giving them time to enjoy the many things they did. Afton passed away on May 24, 1994. They had a great life together.
Over the years Dick remained loyal to the organizations Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks lodge, the Lions Club and the Eagles. He enjoyed and believed in what these organizations did for the Cody community and the principals they stood for.
Dick is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter and husband, Jan and Bill; grandsons Mike and Juliet Ellis; Greg and Julie Ellis, Troy and Renee Jones; grand-daughters Tammy Jones, great-grandaughters Michaela Jones, Dakota Jones, Lacy Ellis, Tiffany Ellis, and Monica Tanner; great-grandson Drew Jones; great-great. granddaughter Ziata Moreno, Leah Tanner. Sisters Colette Gimmeson and Donna Irestone.
He is preceded in death by his parents Bertram and Ava, brother Bud Steck, and son Vern.
© Ballard Funeral November 18, 2015
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