Everett H. "Bud" Stephens Jr., 87, of Honesdale, died Friday, May 31, at Mount Sinai Hospital, Miami, Fla. His wife of 65 years, the former Alyce Louise Evans, died on Jan. 16.
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Born Feb. 3, 1926, in Carbondale, son of the late Everett H. and Mary Crossley Stephens, he was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, and Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in dairy husbandry. He was a self-employed dairy farmer and operated Stephens Bros. Farm and Dairy in Honesdale. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with seven stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the Central United Methodist Church, Honesdale. He was a longtime Wayne County 4-H Leader and a member of the XYZ Club.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter and camper who enjoyed traveling, especially cruises.
He is survived by three daughters, Cynthia Stephens and partner, Gaylond Tramell, Coatesville; Holly Clark and husband, Jack, West Chester; and Jill Stephens, Evening Shade, Ark.; and four grandchildren, Cody and Zachary Strasser, both of Hawley; Stephen and Alex Clark, both of West Chester.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Race; and a brother, Bruce Stephens.
A memorial service for both Bud and Alice will be held Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. in Central United Methodist Church, 205 11th Street, Honesdale, with the Rev. Rob Kazinski, pastor, officiating. Interment, Willow View Cemetery, Clifford.
Arrangements by the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Clifford.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 205 11th St., Honesdale, PA 18431 or the
, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517. To send condolences, visit www.parisefuneralhome.com.
Shifler-Parise Funeral Home
18 Airport Road
Clifford, PA 18413
Published in Scranton Times on June 14, 2013