Sgt. Timothy Robert Stephens
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September 27, 1983 - July 28, 2012
SHERIDAN - Timothy was born on September 27, 1983 in The Dalles, Oregon to Mark and Debbie Stephens. He passed away on July 28, 2012 in Harker Heights, Texas.
The family settled in Dallas in 1998 where Timothy was active in the Assembly of God Church and youth group. He was home schooled during his high school years and then attended Salem Bible College for a year. Timothy worked at Camp Davidson in Sisters for three summers before joining the Army. Timothy entered active duty service in October 2004 as a fire support specialist.
He arrived at Fort Hood in March 2006 and was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since October 2005.
He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2006 to December 2007 and December 2008 to November 2009. He also deployed in support of Operation New Dawn from February 2011 to November 2011.
Timothy's awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle.
Home was wherever his family was and while at home, Timothy enjoyed his guns and target practice as well as working with the animals on the family farm, riding horses and fishing.
He is survived by his parents, Mark and Debbie Stephens of Sheridan; sister, Malinda Plant of Sheridan; grandparents, Norma and Melvin Volkman of Dallas and Harold and Lucille Stephens of Dufur; a large extended family and many friends and fellow soldiers.
A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence followed by a reception in the Santiam Room at the West Salem Roth's. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements entrusted to Farnstrom Mortuary.
Published in StatesmanJournal on August 5, 2012