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Bob StephensRobert E. âBobâ Stephens, Sr., 86, of Richmond, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014.
He was born in Williamsburg, Indiana on September 26, 1927 to Arthur M. and Marie E. Atkinson Stephens. He was a 1945 graduate of Webster High School, where he was a four-year member of the varsity baseball and basketball teams. He served honorably in the US Army at Clark Field in the Philippines at the close of World War Two, where he again played baseball and basketball. Prevailing injuries kept him from accepting offers to play professional baseball and he returned home to Indiana. He married the former Lova Jean Fields on February 4, 1949.
Bob worked 30 years at Dana Corp., mostly as an industrial and processing engineer. He also co-owned Tri-County Awards for 22 years. He earned his pilots license at a young age and was also an avid bass fisherman and golfer.
Bob was a past member of Hartley Hills Country Club and had served on its board of directors. He was a member of Williamsburg Masonic Lodge #493, Richmond B.P.O.E #640 and other management organizations in the Richmond area. He attended the Webster United Methodist Church when his health permitted.
Bob will be missed by his daughter and son-in-law, Nilah & Mark Mikesell; son, Bud Stephens; grandchildren, Greg (Sandy) Carey, Tricia Starr, Jill Carey, Brad (Shannon) Stephens and Ashley (Cody) Kirkman; great-grandchildren, Christian Carey, Nicole Carey, Lauren Carey, Jalen (Nicolee) Rhodus, Jordan Rhodus, Makayla Oliver and Brandon Stephens; former daughter-in-law, Jane Stephens; sister-in-law & brother-in-law, Judy & Chuck Spurrier; and cousins Jack (Marlene) Klemann, Wanda Brack and Faye Adkins.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lova Jean, who passed away on April 28, 2012.
Pastor Dave Anderson will conduct a funeral ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Entombment with military rites will follow in Earlham Mausoleum.
Family & friends may gather for visitation from 11:00 a.m. â 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Reid Foundation, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374 or Help The Animals, 2101 West Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374.
So very sorry to hear about your loss. Bob was such a delight and a real ray of sunshine. He was a inspiration. He always had a smile and a wave for you when he saw you. Such a good neighbor. He will be missed.
Bonnie Morris Jul 22 2014 12:00 AM
Nilah and Bud,
Many fond memories of your family. We had good times with your folks, grandparents and both of you. Your Dad was a good neighbor and freind.
Prayers and peace to you.
Jim Stigleman Jul 22 2014 12:00 AM
Bud and Nilah:
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a friend of mine and we had a lot of good memories from Dana that we never tired of sharing. We went back a long way and I will miss him. I know you both will, too. So. so sorry.
Jackie Stover Jul 22 2014 12:00 AM
Buddy; So sorry for your loss. Bob was a good person and very much liked. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
David Joyce and family Jul 21 2014 12:00 AM
Nila, Mark, Bud and Ashley....So sorry for your loss. I can still see his great smile and hear his laughter. What a great man that has been picked now to finally join "grandma". Hoping his stories and your memories will soon bring laughter to you all. Thanks for all the great fishing stories and all the time spent fishing, Bob. Catch some big ones up there now......
Rick and June Kinsigner Jul 21 2014 12:00 AM
Bud, and family our thoughts and prayes are with at the time of your loss.
James & Pat Koons Jul 21 2014 12:00 AM
Buddy and Nilah,
Sorry about Dad. We worked together for several years and also played many rounds of Golf together.
He was a fine man.
now in Raleigh, NC
Bill May Jul 21 2014 12:00 AM
Thanks to Bob for all the great fishing memories, spectacular strength and courage. You were a great friend. Are most sincere sympathies and condolences to Nila and Bud, we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Terry And Chreyl Crafton Jul 20 2014 12:00 AM
Buddy, so sorry for your loss! Bob was a great guy with a fantastic sense of humor. Have a lot of fond memories of him, bowling on Monday nights at 40 Lanes, and working for him and Lova at the trophy shop. He will be missed my friend.
Darrell & Pam Whalen Jul 20 2014 12:00 AM
GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Steve and Laurel (Weber) Tye.
Steven Tye Jul 20 2014 12:00 AM