Dick Werts Steck

Male 1919 - 2015


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  • Born  2 Jan 1919  Powell, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  16 Nov 2015  Cody, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Riverside Cemetery, Cody, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2120  Virts
    Last Modified  15 Jul 2017 

    Father  Bertram Erwin Steck,   b. 28 Nov 1887,   d. 17 Aug 1976, Casper, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Eva Esther Werts,   b. 6 Feb 1891, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1988, Powell, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  9 Sep 1908  Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1084  Group Sheet

    Family  Afton Jones,   b. 6 Jan 1920, Byron, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1994, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  3 Sep 1942 
    Children 
     1. Vernon Ray Steck,   b. 19 Jan 1940, Powell, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 2014, Powell, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Living
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F1124  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • 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.