On February 24, 2022 we lost a loving, wonderful man. Richard Byron Kistler passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by love. Our faith tells us that he is in God’s hands now, bringing us peace. Our world will never be the same.
Dick was born April 7, 1947, to Byron and Barbara Kistler in Yakima, WA. He grew up with his younger brother Bill. Dick spent his grade school years doing the usual stuff that young lads do; playing with friends on Rocky Butte and pretending to save the world from villains. He graduated from Madison High school in Portland, Oregon, in 1965 and was drafted into the US Army in 1966. Dick served honorable during the Vietnam war, returning in 1970. Upon returning to the States Dick studied journalism at Oregon State and was an avid Beaver FAN!!
In 1971 he married Vivian Jones, and they had three sons; the union split, and he focused on his career and his boys. In 1985 he accepted an entry level job at Schneider National Carriers, a large trucking company. Working for Schneider for 35 years, he held many different managerial positions. Operations Manager for all owner/operators-based west of the Mississippi River was the position that really defined his career at Schneider. Dick was a valued employee and was a big part of the successes of the Portland Operating Center.
In 1989 Dick fell in love, his heart was 2010 miles away and belonged to Stephanie Lepp, who moved with her two sons from Green Bay, WI, to Portland, Oregon. Dick and Stephanie were married on February 22, 1991. The two families blended, and the five boys merged well.
Dick was a father who taught his boys the joy of adventure and the value of hard work. Besides his devotion to his wife Stephanie and his family, Dick’s passions were fishing, motorsports, and yard work. Dick was well known as a Yardaholic, he was once sent a nasty letter about a dandelion growing underneath a shrub along with a picture of the offending dandelion- he was so overcome with excitement that the homeowners had noticed his yard that he dug up the dandelion, put it in an envelope along with the notice thanking them, and sent it back to the association.
The best thing about Dick was his commitment to anything he believed in. His family was one of those areas…there was nothing he would not do for any family member (or friend) in need or distress.
In addition to his wife Stephanie of 31 years, Dick will lovingly be remembered by his children Justin (Wendy), Jeffrey (Eleni), Jonathan (Amber), Nathan (Jenna), and Adam (Sara), his ten grandchildren Cody, Emma, Gaige, Zhane, Corbin, Brooklyn, Kaiden, Riley, Ryder, Lukas, and his great-granddaughter Leylahnie, his brother William (Lorraine), his extended family members and many dear friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on June 11, 2022 at 2 pm at the Wildwood Recreation Site 65670 E HWY. 26 Welches, OR 97067. Wildwood Recreation Site is located along the Mount Hood Scenic Byway near the town of Welches, Oregon. We will be in the East and West Pioneer Shelter Group Picnic Area directions can be found on their website.
The family invites you to a potluck BBQ lunch following the service as we continue to celebrate Dick, our love for him and his love for us. We will be in the woods so dress casual!