Bobby Ray Stepp, a Raymond resident died Monday, January 7, 2013, at the Willapa Harbor Care Center in Raymond. He was 64. He was born November 30, 1948, in Cherokee, North Carolina, to Luther Anderson and Rose Marie (Sutton) Stepp.
Bobby graduated from Raymond High School in 1968. He went on to serve in the United States Army in May 1969 until May of 1971 during the Vietnam War. Bobby earned many decorations and medals during his service, including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device and an Army Commendation Medal. He began working for the South Bend Police Department in 1971, then for the Pacific County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy until early retirement in December of 1974.
He married Linda Birchall October 17, 1970, in South Bend, WA. She survives him at the family home in Raymond.
Bobby Ray was a life member of both the VFW Post #968 and American Legion Post #150. He loved to “whittle” wood, draw, collect coins, was an avid cribbage player and enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to casinos and supporting any activities the kids or grandkids were involved in.
He is survived by a son, Sandon (Jenny) Stepp of Raymond; three daughters, Vickie (Rick) Jenkins of Aberdeen, Shannon Stepp of Raymond and Jennifer (Phil) Mitchell of Raymond; two sisters, Ann Boggs of Raymond and Joyce (Quiller) Mullins of Olympia. Bobby was also survived by nine grandchildren, Ashley Hoffman, Traci Hoffman, Bryce Jenkins, Sadie Warnstadt, Aiyana Stepp, Ryan Jenkins, Arie Stepp, Jason Mitchell and Sierra Stepp; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many others who called him their “Stepp” Dad or their “Papa”.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Raymond Elks Club where full Military Honors will be accorded. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.