Richard Curtis Keli'iaukai Stevens of Middletown, N.Y., dies at age 28
Richard Curtis Keli'iaukai Stevens of Middletown, N.Y., died Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Tuxedo, N.Y. He was 28.
Son of Richard K. Stevens and Mary T. (Peterson) Stevens, he was born on Feb. 11, 1990, in Goshen, N.Y.
He was a graduate of Minisink Valley High School, Class of 2008; a proud Eagle Scout; and a proud veteran. Curtis served in the U.S. Army from 2009 to 2012. He was stationed in Baumholder, Germany, in 4-70 Armor Regiment, Able Company, 1 Platoon Rawdawgs as a Tanker. In 2011 he deployed to Urozgan Province of Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom. His mission: to disrupt Taliban and Al Qaeda Operations as well as providing safety and stabilization to the people of that region also termed (COIN) Counter-Insurgency, preventing terrorists from gaining a stronghold and helping the civilians establish schools and a safe place to live. Specialist Richard Curtis Keli'iaukai Stevens served admirably and lived up to his platoon and company's motto "Always Ready." Following his service and through Helmets to Hardhats, Curtis became a member and was employed through Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 754.
Curtis is survived by his parents, Richard and Mary Stevens of Middletown; brother, Nicholas Stevens of Buffalo, N.Y.; sister, Katrina Stevens of Middletown; loving girlfriend, Katherine Irace of Goshen; maternal grandmother, Sandra Peterson of Campbell Hall, N.Y.; paternal grandmother, Gail Stevens of Ithaca, N.Y.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Richard C. Stevens of Middletown; and maternal grandfather, Joseph J. Peterson of Campbell Hall.
Curtis was a larger-than-life soul whose presence always brought light to whatever room he was in. He was fiercely loyal, supportive, and proud of everyone he loved. He always went out of his way to make everyone he came in contact with feel a little bit better about themselves. He loved tanks, guns, beer, fireworks, and was especially partial to his dog, Opie. He was a man other men would strive to be. He will be severely missed.
Visitation was held July 2 at the Donovan Funeral Home, Goshen. A Catholic Mass was held July 3 at St. Joseph's Church, Middletown.
Burial with full military honors followed at The Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Wounded Warriors Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org).