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.