Chapel Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

701 North 94th Street, Kansas City, KS


William "Dutch" Donald Stephen Jr.

May 14, 1936September 8, 2020
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Mr. William Donald Stephen, Jr., known as “Dutch” to family and friends, was a beloved husband, father, brother and son. He passed away at Providence Medical Center on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 due to an acute illness. He was 84 years old.

Dutch was the only son born to William “Don” Stephen, Sr. and Maryana Stephen (Seifert) on May 14th, 1936 and was a life-long resident of Kansas City, Kansas. He had four beloved sisters, Mary Lee (Patterson), Elizabeth (Cossie) and Ruth Adele (Larkin) who preceded him in death. He has one surviving sister, Catherine “Kate” (Gene) Tate.

He married his cherished wife, Reva Vernetta “Darlene” Cochran on July 30, 1964, in his hometown. She preceded him in death in 2012. He will be forever remembered and loved by his children: Tracy (Oscar) Vogel, Linda (Paul) Jepsen, William “Donnie” (Carol Chacon), and Hallie Stephen-Castro (Jason Chandler). He was blessed with many grandchildren; Brandi Stephen (deceased), Zachary (Amey) Roland, Conlin Thompson, Savannah (Derek) Casteel, Jesse (Sarah) Jepsen, Victoria Stephen, Nicholas (Daija) Casteel, Joseph Casteel, Jordan Castro (deceased), Sofia Graciela Castro; two step grandchildren Alyssa Chandler and Ava Chandler; and two great-granddaughters; Karsyn Casteel and Ryleigh Casteel. He also has numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Dutch was the upmost caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be so dearly missed by his grieving family and friends.

Dutch was a retired and proud Union Carpenter (Local 168). He was involved in Boy Scouts with his son and nephews during their formative years. Dutch’s most favorite hobby was bowling. He was an avid and passionate bowler until the very end and it brought him great joy. He also thoroughly enjoyed watching other sports, particularly baseball and football with his family.

Due to social isolation restrictions, Dutch will have a small, private Celebration of Life service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 12th at Chapel Hill Funeral Home at 701 N 94th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. If you would like to send flowers in his honor, feel free to contact Michael and Michaels Heritage Florist at 913-342-1573. Memorial Contributions may be made in Dutch’s name to KC Café Animal Shelter. His ashes will be inurned at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas at a later date.


  • William Donald Stephen III, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Zachary Roland, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jesse Jepsen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Conlin Thompson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Nicholas Casteel, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joseph Casteel, Honorary Pallbearer


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


William "Dutch" Donald Stephen Jr.

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Theresa Rodgers Campbell

September 11, 2020

I could tell from listening to Hallie that Mr. Stephen was dearly loved and a blessing to all his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dave Roe

September 10, 2020

Very sorry to hear of your loss, Dutch and I spent many evenings at T-Bones stadium enjoying the games ,tailgating and of course the fireworks. I'm going to miss him.

God Bless
Dave and Suzie Roe

Donna Cochran

September 9, 2020

My memories of Dutch and Darlene are many . Our trips to visit them and their trips to Colorado. We went on short trips within those, not only to see relatives but to many other locations both in CO, KS and also MO. Going thru pictures recently, I relived many of those. I hope and pray that your memories bring you comfort.

Brandy Stephen

September 9, 2020

Such great memories. I always enjoyed the stories with Pop and Dutch from their childhood when they were getting into trouble together. He will be missed. We are sending our love from the other side of the Stephen family.

Rebecca Hall

September 9, 2020

So sorry to hear i will keep y'all in my prayers my heart go's out to y'all uncle Nat is my brother im sure y'all might remember me Aunt Becky love y'all💞😔

Juanita Harvey

September 9, 2020

Uncle Dutch will be greatly missed. We always had such great times with the family when we visited as kids growing up. I'm sure heaven has gained another angel. May you rest in peace.

Victoria Stephen

September 9, 2020

Grandpa and Grandma at my 16th Birthday. ♡

Jim Barber

September 9, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My father, Bob Barber, knew Dutch as a childhood neighbor, a fellow carpenter, and friend. I worked with him one summer on the 30 story high rise in downtown KC. Dutch also helped me find a summer construction job the following year and it helped me pay for college. Prayers for your family at this time.

Linda Jepsen

September 9, 2020

Thomas Ulery

September 9, 2020

So very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers


Hallie and Dad


Jesse and Sarah's Wedding


Dad at approximately age 11


Mom and Dad (Darlene and Dutch)


Hallie, Sofia, Penny, Joe, Grandpa, Jason and Ava


Hallie and Dad at Jesse's Wedding


Dad as a little boy


Dad being dad. <3


Enjoying one of his favorite places and sports: Baseball at the T-Bones.

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