Ricky L. Stevens of Picher died Monday, July 9, 2007, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, Mo. He was 56.

Mr. Stevens was born June 15, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo., to Kenneth and Ida (Zimmerman) Stevens. After high school, he attended Tulsa Welding School. He lived in Picher since 2000.

He worked as a welder most of his life.

He married Fern Kirk on Nov. 20, 1972, in Miami. She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include one son, Ricky Stevens Jr. of Coffeyville, Kan.; one daughter, Virginia Morgan of Pittsburg, Kan.; three stepchildren, Tim Elsey of Joplin, J.R. Swenson of Parsons, Kan., and Lydia Kapner of Oswego, Kan.; one brother, Gerald Stevens of Parsons, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Picher with the Rev. Clyde Stilley officiating.