Richard L. Steward Jr.

A Visitation for Richard L. Steward Jr., 66, Lawrence, will be from 7-8 pm, Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Mr. Steward died Thursday, January 7, 2021, at LMH Health.

Richard “Ricky” Steward, Jr. was born in Maysville, Kentucky to the late Richard and Shirley Ann Steward. His first breath was on April 13, 1954 and his last smile was on January 7, 2021 after a long and valiant battle.

Ricky accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He graduated from Maysville High School in 1972. Shortly thereafter, he joined the United States Armed Forces, where he did a tour in Germany, and was honorably discharged after four years of service. After leaving the military, he relocated to Kansas and worked for the Mayflower trucking company for several years and eventually became an entrepreneur and opened his own detailing business.

Richard was the oldest of his siblings. Although they talked daily and were extremely close, he frequently reminded them that he was “the first born of Richard and Shirley’s children. He was an exceptional father to his three daughters. He loved his girls with everything he had to give and was so proud to be a dad. He taught them the value of hard work and to always put God first. He was a fun loving guy with a smile that would light up any room. He loved to be the center of attention and he was not afraid to stand out in any crowd, which usually consisted of him wearing a large cowboy hat and cowboy boots. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching old Western movies, playing with his grandchildren, chatting on the phone with his Uncle Peter, or spending time with family and close friends.

Ricky is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Shirley Ann Steward; special companion, Virginia “Ginny” Proctor, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him.

He leaves to cherish his memory three daughters, Michelle Shields Sanders, Taryn Steward, and Ciera Steward; three daughters by heart, Monica Proctor, Jessica Beason and Jessica Freeman; grandchildren, Amiyah Sanders, Amir Owens, Amaurion Owens, and Kamahri Robinson; grandchildren by heart, Elias and Hazel Beeson, Jillian and Jacklyn Markway (all of Lawrence, KY); siblings, June (Timothy) Walker (Jacksonville, FL), Bobbi Steward (Louisville, KY), Marilyn (Keith) Turner and Joseph Steward (Maysville, KY); aunts, Edna (Vincent) Thomas (Gahanna, OH), Judith Gordon and Vonda Lofton (Maysville, KY); uncles, Theodore (Dorine) Gordon (Upper Marlboro, MD), Eddie Barksdale (Sacramento, CA), and James (Mattie) Steward (Maysville, KY); dear friends, Anthony Silmon, Steve Walker, Harold Shepard, and Mike Cullen (Lawrence, KS); and a host of relatives.

To our beloved Ricky, you will truly be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing you. Although we were not prepared to lose you, we find comfort in knowing a few indisputable truths. You have gone home to be with the Lord. You are no longer in pain and we WILL meet again.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260 Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Rebecca Mitchell Wright...

I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and strength through this difficult time.

From Mills...

Richard was an amazing man. He was one in a million and will be missed. No matter how bad of a day you were having, if rick was around your day got better.

Many thoughts and prayers

From Susan Lately...

My condolences to the whole family. One of the most funniest things I can remember about Ricky is he used to live in the Harper trailer court all we could smell was burnt chilling he was fanning trying to get the smell out he had fell asleep while cooking. Not to long after that he lived on 9 th street I could smell burnt chilling all way down the street It was funny as hell loved TRICKY RICK

From charlene galloway...

What a wonderful man he was he will be missed I remember when he first came to Lawrence always had a smile on his face those eyes was so pretty always knew how to treat people he had a lot of love to share family u all have my prayers

From Sherri Scott Nunez...

My dear friend you are and was a amazing man. I meet you when you first came to Lawrence and then you treated me so good while I was in Kentucky I will always love you bunches for our friendship you were like a big brother.

From Hubach, Robert & Delores...

I first met Richard when we moved into the same apartment building he lived in and he seemed so nice and i know he is because of the way he raised his daughter part of our family Taryn Taryn know your so in pain loosing your dad but want you to know are hugs and
prayers go out to you and all the family Grandpa and Grandma Hubach

From Tracy Rose...

Sir I have never met you but I know your beautiful daughters. What a lovely legacy you have left behind. RIP

From Kimberly Norton...

I remember Richard with his cowboy hat and detailing cars. Prayers for his family. Love you Ciera and I am thinking of you everyday.

From Sam Castillo...

To Ricky’s family and especially my
Taryn, I am so sorry for your loss. He fought a hard fight. I only knew him
for a short time as his nurse on several occasions but boy was he proud of his girls, had the prettiest eyes, and smile. My condolences.

From Chris Nichols...

Condolences to all. Richard had the absolute best smile and laugh. He always was kind and gentle. He will be missed by many

From Taryn steward...

I love you daddy

From Joan Cross...

To Karen and other members of Richard’s family, it is with heartfelt sympathy I express my concern of your loss of Richard (Dad and granddad, etc.). As his V.N.A. Companion I
came to know this dear good man. My deepest sympathy to
all of you.
Joan Cross, Companion
Visiting Nurses Association

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