Stevens, Ret. GySgt Craig N. "Dirty'
Ret. GySgt Craig Nicholas "Dirty" Stevens, 42, of Oceanside, CA, formerly of Dale, WI, born October 25, 1971, in Appleton, WI, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 in San Diego, CA, unexpectedly from complications of surgery surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Craig was a retired GySgt, having served with the United States Marine Corps for twenty years before retiring in 2010. He volunteered to serve in Iraq, training Iraqis as border security personnel. After his honorable discharge, he was currently employed by Transocean International, working in offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
Craig grew up in Dale and graduated from New London Senior High School in 1990. He was a loyal Packers fan and Brewers fan. Craig also enjoyed surfing and riding his motorcycle.
Craig was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Louis and Rachel Schiesser; and paternal grandparents, Curtis and Dortha Stevens. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Sonoko Tokuyama-Stevens. Also surviving are his parents, Marguritte and Darwin LaPean of Belleville, IL, and Michael Stevens; siblings, twin brother, Bruce Stevens (Heidi) of Tucson, AZ; Heather (Jason) Poje of Chicago, IL; Amy (Jason) Whitaker of Belleville, IL; and Joshua LaPean of Belleville, IL. He is further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Memorial services will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Zion United Church of Christ, W9815 State Road 96, Dale, WI, 54931, with Pastor Deckert officiating. Per Craig's wishes, his inurnment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, at a later date.
Eternal Hills Memorial Park
1999 El Camino Real Oceanside, CA 92054
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Aug. 31, 2014