(December 20, 2014)
Obituary & Life History
Great Falls —Richard (Rick) Lewis Stuckey, 67, of Great Falls,
Montana, peacefully made his passing Saturday, December 20,
2014. Rick's family held a private gathering to honor him, and
there will be a celebration of his life for his friends and
loved ones on July 10, 2015, at Holland Lake.
Rick was born on
July 10, 1947, in Portsmouth, VA. He grew up in North Carolina
and graduated valedictorian from the North Carolina School for
the Deaf. He became an Eagle Scout and participated in track and
football. He later graduated in English and Philosophy from
Gallaudet University, and afterwards was a teacher, basketball
coach, and Boy Scout master at the North Dakota School for the
Deaf. There he met and married fellow teacher, Pam Quesenberry,
and for 3 summers they went to Western Maryland College where he
obtained his Master's Degree in Deaf Education.
Rick and his
family moved to Great Falls, Montana, in 1981, where he was the
State Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf for 10
years and was well-liked by the many young people whom he helped
get training and jobs. Rick taught at the Montana School for the
Deaf for another 8 years until he retired in 1999. He was a
great mentor and he always encouraged his students to have a
curiosity for learning.
Rick enjoyed playing chess, working on
house projects, searching for antique bottles, and fixing cars.
Traveling around many states, camping in the woods, and fishing
were Rick's and his family's favorite pastimes. Rick passed
along his love of books and music to his and Pam's two children,
Sara and Seth. Although he was Deaf, he never missed attending
any of their concerts and plays. Because of his outgoing nature
and self-confidence - coupled with his fluency in ASL and
English - he always felt he could accomplish anything, and often
Rick is survived by his wife, Pam; daughter Sara Stuckey of
Burbank, CA; son Seth Stuckey of Los Angeles, CA; his brothers
and sisters: Mike, Patrick, Connie, Carol, Jack, Susie, and
Leslie; as well as Pam's mother and siblings and all their
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