Richard Steffan

Richard Steffan, Edgar, passed away peacefully at his home with his son Roger by his side on Saturday morning, April 6, 2013. The youngest of a large German family, Richard was preceded in death by his father William, mother Katherine (Staley), and 10 brothers and sisters, Mike, Pauline, Red, Edna, Sam, Elsie, Ruben, Emma, Eddie and Frieda.
Richard was born on July 23, 1934, on the family farm near Edgar. He worked there until 1954 when he got a job with the county road crew. He quickly worked his way up to foreman, and it was his honor to serve his friends and neighbors as Carbon County Commissioner for 12 years.
As a young man, Richard was infamous for “raising a little Cain” and for his boxing skills. In 1956, he married Joanne Seright and they had four children. Throughout his life he was known for his mischievous grin, his witty sense of humor and his willingness to help friends and neighbors. During his work for the county, he took pride in ensuring that the county roads were kept in the best condition possible. In winter, it was not uncommon for him to answer calls in the wee hours of the morning to come and plow a road that had been drifted in.
Richard also enjoyed playing cards with friends at the Edgar bar and attending the stock car races in Billings. Later, he loved hunting for asparagus along county roads, watching the birds feed outside his window and viewing Polka shows on TV.
When Richard became more dependent, the love and care of his son Roger was invaluable. Roger’s constant diligence and attention, both day and night, made it possible for Richard to enjoy the peace and comfort of his home through his later years.
As Richard is laid to rest, he leaves behind many who love him, including his ex-wife Joanne; his three sons, Randy, Roger, Ron (Angel); his daughter, Robin Martinez (John); grandchildren Michael, Danny, Kimber Lee, and Cody Martinez, and Michael, Kiera and Serena Steffan; brothers-in-law Ron Seright and John Gilder; sister-in-law Sue Avila (Dave), and countless other grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other beloved relatives. All look forward to the time when they can be reunited with Richard again.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Penny Carter of Fromberg for the extraordinary home-care she provided in ensuring Richard was happy and comfortable in the last few months.
Services will be held at the Smith Funeral Home in Laurel at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, with interment at the Rockvale Cemetery