Stephen Victor Dutkiewicz Jr.

The gates of heaven opened and welcomed a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend on Saturday, September 12, 2009. Stephen passed away from a heart attack, during a hunting trip with his oldest son. Stephen was doing what he loved to do, which was hunting and being out in nature.

Stephen was born to Stephen V. and Dorothy L. Dutkiewicz Sr. on January 21, 1947, in Medford, Oregon. In 1966, he graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1968 and served on the USS Ticonderoga. Stephen received a honorable discharge in 1972. After his discharge,
he attended Grossmont Community College, in San Diego, California.

In 1973, he returned to Medford, Oregon and started working for the Oregon State Forestry.
It was there, that Stephen met his soul mate, Silvia K. Prentice. They were married on June 5, 1976 in Medford, Oregon. Stephen continued his education at Oregon State University  and received a degree in Forestry in 1979.   He went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and retired in 1992. Stephen loved to be out in the forest.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was always talking about hunting and planning for the next hunting season.

Stephen and Silvia have two handsome sons, Jason V. and Jeremy D. Dutkiewicz, and a beautiful daughter-in-love, Michelle Dutkiewicz, that were the center of their lives. Stephen adored their beautiful grand-daughter, Madison and handsome little grandson, Cody. Stephen was looking forward to spoiling their grand-daughter, Olivia, who will be born in November 2009 to Jeremy and Jamie. Stephen was loved and respected by many others in their lives, that were always treated like part of his family.

Stephen was preceeded in death by his grandparents, his mother and father, and Patricia, his infant sister. He is survived by: his wife, Silvia, his two sons, Jason and Jeremy, his daughter-in-love, Michelle, his grandchildren, Madison and Cody, and his sister, Victoria.

The memorial service for Stephen was held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at the First Nazarene Church in Medford, Oregon. Stephen may be gone from our presence, but he left many memories, filled with love for those he left behind. We know that we will be reunited with him again someday.

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