Obituary: Richard ‘Dick’ Arlen Stokes
A long time Lake Tahoe resident, Richard “Dick” Arlen Stokes passed away from pancreatic cancer on December 5, 2012. He was 80 years old.
Dick was born in Billings, Montana but was raised in San Jose, CA where he attended CSU San Jose where he met and later married his wife of 55 years, Janell. The couple had two sons, Richard “Rick” and Robert. Wanting to be his own boss, he moved his family to South Lake Tahoe in 1968 where they owned and operated the Lazy “s” Lodge for 12 years.
Upon selling the motel they moved to the West Shore of Lake Tahoe at Homewood where the boys finished high school. In their later years, the couple moved to Grass Valley, CA, where the couple could be out of the snow but still close to their family.
Dick was a clerk then buyer for Swigard’s Hardware store in Tahoe City, CA for many years. He was greatly loved by all that worked and frequented there. 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 zuchinni-the neighbors loved it, especially the tomatoes.
Dick’s greatest love was his family. His devotion and love of his wife and sons was insurmountable. Dick was preceded in death by his son, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Janell Stokes of Grass Valley, CA, his son Rick Stokes of Myers, CA, grandson Deric Stokes and granddaughter Lauren Stokes, also of Myers, CA and his grandson Tanner Stokes of Truckee, CA. Dick was the anchor of the family and was always there for them. Dick was affectionately named “Bumpa” by his three grandchildren; Deric, Tanner and Lauren. Bumpa will be greatly missed.
A celebration of life will be held on the west shore of Tahoe on or near Dick’s birthday on July 21, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to any Cancer Society or Hospice of your choice.