Donald Stephens

Memorial services for Donald Dean Stephens, 71, Lawrence will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Lawrence.  Inurnment will be at a later date at Pioneer Cemetery.   He died April 15, 2011 at his home.

Don was born June 25, 1939 in Beloit, Kansas the son of Arnold “Johnnie” and Helen (Thurston) Stephens.

He was a 1957 graduate of Beloit High School and later graduated from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina.  He served his country in the United States Army.

Don spent his career working for IDS/ Ameriprise Financial Services as a Financial Planner and Divisional Manager, working in offices in Salina, Topeka and Lawrence.  He retired in 2007 after 42 years.

He was a member of Lawrence Country Club; Williams Educational Fund; Kansas Alumni Association; St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church; Scottish Rite of Topeka; and the Arab Shriners of Topeka.  Don enjoyed playing golf, following the stock market, KU Football & Basketball; and especially spending time with his family and friends.

Don was married to Cathy Barber on August 14, 1960 in Beloit, Kansas.  They had two children.  He married Joanie Wilhite on January 1, 1993 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include one daughter, Carrie Volle and husband, Rich of Grantville, KS; one son, David Stephens and wife, Stacy of Lenexa, KS; one stepson, Brad Wilhite and wife, Carrie of Rancho Sante Fe, CA; two stepdaughters, Kim Falcone and husband, Joe of La Mesa, CA; Cindy Burrows and husband, Chris of Lenexa, KS; grandchildren, Kyle and Katie Volle, Hope and Hunter Stephens, Brennan Peyton, Dillon Wilhite, Joey and Gioella Falcone, Derek, Owen, Connor and Jackson Burrows.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, George Stephens.

The family suggests memorials in his name to Lawrence Memorial Hospital – Cardiac Care or to Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


12 Condolences

  1. George Tatum on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am


    Sorry to hear about the passing of Don. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    George Tatum.

  2. Eleanor Nelson on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Joanie I was shocked to read in the paper of Don’s Passing. I though that he was doing well the last time I saw him. I am leaving for CA today so will be unable to attend his services. But my thought and prays will be with you and family tommow. I do know what it is like to be left so quickly all by your self. Much Love, Eleanor

  3. Kerri Johnson on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Dear Stephens Family:

    I am so sad to hear of Don’s passing. I always loved to visit with him when he came into work at St. Andrews Dr. He always brightened up my day. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

    Kerri Johnson, LRTC

  4. Miles & Paula Schnaer on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Joanie, and Family-

    Paula and I were very saddened at the news of Don’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Our best to you.

  5. Jeanne Winnick Brennan on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Dear Joanie, Brad and Family — We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. It was such a joy and a privelege to know him. We will miss his friendship, sweet smile and that wonderful twinkle in his eye. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jeannie, Bill, Katie and Bryan Brennan

  6. Carroll and Jean Cyr on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    We were saddened to learn of Don’s death as we read our morning Salina Journal. We remember many good times with Don when he lived in Salina!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Carolyn and Larry Van Pelt on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. We have fond memories of growing up in Beloit, Kansas.

  8. Gordon and Barbara Walle on April 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Joanie our thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a special guy. I have so many good memories of Don. He always brought out the best in me.I will miss him greatly as I know you will also.


    Gordon Walle

  9. Rodger and Sheryl Henry on April 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Dear Joanie
    Our hearts go out to you during this time of grief.
    We are thinking of you with love,
    Sheryl and Rodger Henry

  10. Bill and Bev Benso on April 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Joanie-Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don was a special guy who will never be forgotten. I believe I am a better person for having known him.

  11. Roger Giddings on April 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Dear Joanie,
    To find the words to express our sorrow upon your loss of Don and a great friend to so many is most difficult. I well remember times we shared in our younger days–and they are only super memories. I know the experiences you and Don shared also leave you with like memories. Keep a smile on your face and let these memories be the fuel to get you through this storm and beyond. This is what Don would want you to do. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family and friends. Roger and Judy

  12. Harry & Becky Gibson on April 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Joanie, we were so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. I so enjoyed getting to know him much better this past year or so at coffee. He was so full of life with lots of stories to brighten up each day. I will miss his smiling face each day and upbeat attitude no matter what physical trials he faced.
    Our prayers and thought are with you, and we will keep Don in our prayers each day.

    We were so sorry to miss Don’s services but both of us had commitments we couldn’t change that day.

    Harry Gibson

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