Funeral services with full military honors for Major Richard Gordon Stierlen will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Craddock Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ron Armithee officiating. Interment will follow at Hewitt Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday evening from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Richard was born May 5, 1942, at Orange County, Calif., to Richard Harold Stierlen and Imogene Pearl Cromwell Stierlen. He passed from this life on May 10, 2019, in the VA Center, in Norman, at the age of 77.
He graduated from Avenal High School in Avenal, Calif., in 1960. Richard and Carolyn Bishop were married on July 1, 1969, in Wichita Falls. They would have been celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this July.
He attended officer cadet school at Ft. Sill, finishing top in his class. Richard was an Army veteran. He served in Germany and Vietnam. He retired as a Major after 20 years of service and was in field artillery. While in the service, he lived in several different states. During this time he was head of the ROTC in five states for three years and second in command at Ft. Hunter Leggit Post XO in California and received two Bronze Stars along with various other accommodations.
Richard loved to travel, go fishing, work with his tools, especially woodworking, and working on cars and spend time with his family. He had a special love for his pets.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Harold Stierlen and Imogene Pearl Stierlen; and a son, Kim Allen Stierlen.
Richard is survived by his wife Carolyn of the home; son, Randall A. Stierlen of Ardmore; sister, Debbie Simmontacchi and husband Dennis, of Lake View, Ore.; niece, Gina Sprich; nephew, Jarrod Simmontacchi; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Ann Ortiz, Virgil Bishop, Sue Briscoe, Glen Bishop and Bobby Bishop; and his dogs, Stormy Prince of Yorkshire and Mia Mi Luv.
The Army will serve as pallbearers.
Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.