StephensonNovember 1, 1922 - January 27, 2013 WICHITA, KS Larry Eugene Stephenson, the son of Floyd Earnest and Capitola (Jones) Stephenson, died Sunday, January 27 in Wichita, KS. He was born Nov. 1, 1922 in Headrick, OK and remained there during his first 12 years of school. He then attended college in Altus, OK and later in San Antonio, TX until the beginning of WW II when he joined the US Army serving on Iwo Jima and Okinawa and then with the Occupation Forces in Japan.Upon separation from the Army, Larry returned to college attending OUwhere he majored in Journalism. He was named Outstanding Senior Journalism Student & awarded a scholarship to study polls with Elmo Roper and George Gallup. He was editor of Sooner Magazine, the OU alumni publication.With the beginning of the Korean War, Larry once again entered the Army serving with NATO Forces in Europe. Later he rounded out 26 years in the Army with the 45th Infantry Division of the OKNG during the Vietnam War. He was commander -158th Artillery Battalion Retiring as a Lt. Colonel.Larry married Virginia Bray in 1949 and they are parents of 3 children: Larry Kent (Sheryl), Patricia Allene (Craig) Weinbrenner and Randall Craig (Lisa). Additionally--10 grandchildren: Cullen, Reese, Bo, Jacob & Kyle Stephenson, Derek, Brandon & Hayden Weinbrenner, Lara Barrientes (Alex), & Greg Simpson. Also 9 great grandchildren. Larry was a Senior VP of Fidelity Bank, NA, of OKC & while there graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking @ Rutgers University. In 1970 he moved to Ponca City, OK as CEO of Security Bank and Trust.In 1980 he accepted an appointment in the Reagan Administration as Oklahoma State Director of the Farmers' Home Administration where he served for the next 4 years.In Ponca Larry was Chmn. of the Board of Trustees of Westminster Village; Chmn. of the Bicentennial Committee; Chmn. of the Cherokee Strip Centennial Committee; President of the Ponca City Rotary Club; District Gov. of District 5750 of Rotary; Rotary Chmn. for raising funds for the Child Care Center in OKC following the bombing of the Murrah Building & named Rotarian of the Year for 1992-93. Larry was named Ponca City Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen in 1976 & DAR OutstandingCitizen..Larry supported the University of Oklahoma Serving as President of the OU Dads' Association in 1971 & becoming a member of the Quarter Century Club in 2012.A 2 p.m. memorial service is planned for Sat. Feb. 9 @ Grace Episcopal Church-Ponca City. In lieu of flowers it is suggested that contributions be made either to the church in his memory or to: The Rotary Foundation, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201, to help eradicate polio worldwide.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 3, 2013