AVILLA — Stephen F. Stephens, 74, of rural Avilla, passed away at his home on July 2, 2017, at 9:10 p.m. surrounded by his family.
He was born to Clifford and Ruth (Barrick) Stephens on September 1, 1942, in Marion. He spent his formative years in La Fontaine graduating from La Fontaine High School in 1960.
In 1964 Steve volunteered to serve in the United States Army. His bravery during The Vietnam War earned him a Purple Heart.
On August 19, 1967, he married the love of his life Linda Buckner. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary next month.
Steve was a lifelong fan and stock holder of the Green Bay Packers. He was also a devoted fan of IU basketball up until September 10, 2000.
He was a member of Sugar Grove Church of God.
Steve is survived by his wife, Linda; three daughters, Kristine (Raymond) Webster of Granger, Tracy (Ed) Wright of Fort Wayne and Stephanie Stephens of Auburn; a son, Brian (Noelani) Stephens of Churubusco; and nine grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Kelley Stephens-Mohler.
No one was more excited than Steve, when on November 8, 2016, we voted to “Make America Great Again.”
Funeral services will be Friday July 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, 206 N. Main St., Churubusco.
Calling will take place at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 2- 8:00 p.m., and also one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Longtime family friend Pastor Rick Van Horn will officiate.
Burial will follow in Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
Memorials may be directed to Vietnam War Wall Memorial or S.A.R.C. (Sarcoma Alliance through Research and Collaboration).