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Richard Neil Steffens

Died: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018


Family to do services at later date


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Richard Neil Steffens our awesome father, grandfather, and loving husband passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Richard was born February 9, 1946 in Blackfoot, ID. He was the youngest of 5 children and the only child in his family born in a hospital. He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1966.

He married Ila Ames, the love of his life, on February 4, 1967. Richard served in the United States Air Force. Richard worked hard to provide for his family. He worked at Lamb Weston potato processing plant. When Richard started at FMC, his coworkers gave him the nickname “Flaky”. Richard worked as a Machinist at FMC for many years. He also worked as the Business Agent for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union. He ended his career as a Radioactive Waste Inspector at INEEL.

Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with family. Richard enjoyed people and was the ultimate practical joker. He had a disposition that made others smile and he was very quick witted. Richard had a recognizable, infectious laugh and was a joy to be around.

Richard is survived by his brother, Bob; his wife, Ila; their three children, Stephanie Steffens Berntson, Cedar Hills, UT, Kris Steffens Kollars, Chubbuck, ID, and Rick Steffens, Pocatello, ID; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Richard has been cremated at his request. A private family gathering is planned. There will not be any formal services.

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The Rudolph's
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
We all want to express our condolences for the loss of your dad. He was a very good person! He will be very well missed! If there is anything you need don't hesitate to ask. Hang in there all.

Ann Anthony Kuck
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
I am so sorry to hear this, I loved working with Flaky at the site. He was my lead when I needed a day off. I still miss him. He was a joy and a good worker.

Steve and Connie Teuscher
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
I enjoyed working with Flaky and enjoyed his friendship. So sorry for your loss.

Syd & Karen Dalton
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
I was so sad to see that Richard had died. I enjoyed working with him for a number of years when he was Business Manager for the Machinists. His love for the guys he worked with was second only to the love for his family. We had a lot of fun when he ran for the e-board of the AFL-CIO. We made up funny slogans for him and printed buttons. Richard was always down for a good joke. The angels are enjoying his laughter somewhere now, I always did. My deepest sympathy to you for your loss.

Gene McAffee
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
I was shocked when I read the paper. Flakey was a great man and a great friend. We became close when he was the business agent, many, many good and fond memories. Loved him, and my condolences to all.

Sharon Steffens DeVita
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018
I'm Shocked, I had saw Uncle Dickie not to long ago at Fred Meyers, and Dino had just friended him on face book and we lost him, My heart goes out to you Illa, If there is anything we can do please let us know!!

Julie & Norval Scott
   Posted Fri October 12, 2018
Dear Ila and family. We wanted to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of Richard. He was a great guy to work with at FMC and a nice man.

Randy manning
   Posted Tue October 16, 2018
your dad always made me smile , I cherish the memories of you all, thanks for being in my life ,departed for a short time but never gone, till we all meet again, but sometimes it just plain hurts.love and compassion to you,always. Randy

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