Ralph Morgan Stephenson was born on March 14, 1938 in Riverside, California. He died on March 22, 2020 at a nursing home in Troy, Ohio not long after his 82nd birthday. He was born to a family of California citrus farmers and loved the outdoors and animals. In his life he was a milk delivery man, forestry fireman, pet shop operator, factory worker, factory maintenance man, apartment manager, dairy farmer, no-bake pizza operator, and more. For hobbies he bow hunted, did animal taxidermy, coached little league, and painted with watercolors. He was quick witted and loved to kid with people, to smile, and to laugh. He was a strong Christian and wanted to understand all he could about the Bible and Christian living. He lived in California, Michigan, and Ohio. He was married multiple times, had six biological children, multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and fostered and adopted children. He was born to Delbert Morgan and Ruth (Hanaford) Stephenson with sister Diane Ruth and he survived them all. By his first wife, Caryl (Jones), he had twin boys David William (who died at 9 months old) and Mark Morgan, then they had Michael Allen. Mark is married to Ellen (Schriver), and they had twins Thomas Henry and Andrew Morgan. Mark and Ellen have also adopted Michael Anthony, Mya Joy, and Angelica. Thomas and his wife, Molly (Ewing), had Lucas Henry and Nathan Ewing. Andrew and his wife, Samantha (Zimmerman), had Cooper Morgan and Mackenzie Raye, who was born three days before her Great-Grandpa passed away. Ralph’s son Michael married Dana (Lee) and had son Dylan Michael. By Ralph’s second wife, Donnis (Kiernan) (deceased), they had Neil Kiernan, Ryan Matthew, and Christy Rae. Neil and his wife, Lynn (Skwarczynski), had Connor Markus and Morigan. Ryan had children Rylie, Kayla, Kiera, and Terra and is married to Leann (Hartnett). Christy had children Victoria, Christiana, Angelica, and Jovinny. In leu of flowers or gifts, please donate to Port Sanilac Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 123 Whitney Dr, Port Sanilac, MI 48469-9616. Pastor Bullock and this church were the hands and feet of Jesus to Ralph during his last years. See http://portsanilac22.adventistchurchconnect.org/. The photo was taken on his 82nd birthday, eight days before he passed away. He was inside behind a glass door due to the Coronavirus quarantine requirements. He did not have the virus. Due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus situation, we do not have a memorial service planned. Trostel, Chapman Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.trostelchapman.com.
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