Richard Stokes |

Richard Stokes

A longtime Lake Tahoe and 10-year Grass Valley resident, Richard “Dick” Arlen Stokes passed away from pancreatic cancer Dec. 5, 2012. He was 80.

A celebration of his life will take place on the West Shore of Tahoe on or near Dick’s birthday July 21, 2013.

Dick was born in Billings, Mont., but was raised in San Jose, Calif., where he attended CSU San Jose and met and later married his wife of 55 years, Janell. The couple had two sons, Richard “Rick” and Robert. He moved his family to South Lake Tahoe in 1968 where they owned and operated the Lazy “S” Lodge for 12 years. Dick was a clerk, then buyer for Swigard’s Hardware Store in Tahoe City. He was greatly loved by all who worked and frequented there. In their later years, the couple moved to Grass Valley, Calif., where they could be out of the snow but still close to family. He always had a smile on his face and went above and beyond to help people out. He was known to be able to fix and/or maintain anything mechanical as evidenced by the toaster still being used since receiving it as a wedding present in 1957! An avid gardener, Dick struggled in Tahoe but gloried in the climate in the foothills; artichokes to zucchini, the neighbors loved it, especially the tomatoes. Dick’s greatest love was his family. His devotion and love for his wife and sons was insurmountable.

He is survived by his wife, Janell Stokes of Grass Valley; his son, Rick Stokes of Myers, Calif.; grandson Deric Stokes and granddaughter Lauren Stokes also of Myers; grandson Tanner Stokes of Truckee. Dick was affectionately known as “Bumpa” by his three grandchildren. Bumpa will be greatly missed.

Dick was preceded in death by his son, Robert.

Memorial contributions may be made to any cancer society or hospice of your choice.

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