Donald Lewis Stephens
March 28, 1934 – January 14, 2021
Donald Lewis Stephens Lieutenant Colonel Ret. Donald L. Stephens died January 14, 2021. He was born in Howard, Kansas on March 28, 1934 to Robert Lee and Betty Lucille (Lewis) Stephens; the first of four sons. He graduated from East High School in Wichita. He received his BA from Wichita University where he was a member of Phi Upsilon Sigma, the Pershing Rifles, and Blade fraternities. He met Beverly Carole Jacobsen and they married in March of 1958, according to him the smartest thing he did. He found his calling as a member of the ROTC program and upon graduation was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. Don served his country for twenty-six years active duty in the US Army and four years active duty in the US Army Reserves. He attended Basic Armored Officers Course, transferred to Army Ordinance Corps, served in Vietnam in Logistics and Ordinance Supply, commanded Delta Company, 35th Armor (Patton’s Own), 2nd Armored Division. He commanded Headquarters and Maintenance Company in Giessen, West Germany, served in the Second Support Brigade, Seventh Army Support Command in Hanau, was with the DOD Logistics Command in Richmond, VA, a maintenance staff officer for the 8th US Army and Korea Support Command, served at Ordinance Center and School, taught in the Basic Officer’s Course and served as deputy for the Maintenance Division. He was a Project Manager for modernization of the Saudi National Guard, Division Chief for New Equipment Training and Technical Support Tank Automotive Command in Warren, Michigan, Deputy Commander Combat Equipment Group Europe, and Army Material Commands Logistics Assistance Officer. He and Beverly raised five children during his active-duty service; he pointed out she served her country as well, raising five children while moving house every year or three years. They were married until her death in 2004. In 1980 they moved to Ft. Hood, Texas and by the end of the year purchased the only home they owned. They put down roots and enjoyed their growing family. All their children married; sixteen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren were born. In 1984 he retired from the US Army. He owned and operated a roofing company for five years, followed by six years as a guard in the Texas Department of Corrections. Don had many interests, chief among them was his love of golf. He was also an avid bowler; he and Bev bowled in leagues wherever they were stationed. He spent a lifetime lowering his golf handicap and raising his league average. His service to country and family defined his life. In retirement he cared for his father and Bev’s mother. When Bev passed, he continued her tradition of family Sunday dinners. He loved supporting his children and grandchildren in any way he could. Don was active in VFW Post 8577 in Copperas Cove, TX. He attended many funerals of unaccompanied veterans, believing no one who served should be buried unwitnessed. He is survived by two brothers, Harold Stephens and Gary Stephens; his children Cynthia Bloom (James), Elizabeth Hale (Steve), Karen James and Michael Stephens; two former daughters-in-law, Eileen Stephens and Peggy Stephens; sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Beverly Stephens, brother Ronald Stephens, and son Scott Stephens. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 5, 2021, 10:00 am in The Shelter at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, Texas. Interment in the columbarium will follow.
Friday, February 5, 2021
Donald Lewis Stephens
February 4, 2021
Tracy and I have known Don and Bev and their family since August of 1960. We each had daughters born in the same hospital on the same day. And we have been friends all these years. We served togather at various duty stations during the 25plus years in the Army.
We enjoyed them and their family and had many meals together over the years. The were True friends and we have so many fond memories and funny stories that we shared during that time. Don kept up correspondence over the years since Bev passed and was sure to send birthday and Christmas cards on the first of the month no matter what day the holiday was celebrated.
We will surely miss Don and his family updates and his interesting sense of humor.
May God Bless his Family and comfort them during this time.
Tracy and Sam Kaiser