George L. Stephens, 83, of Hawley, died Friday at Gino Merli Veterans Center in Scranton. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Regina P. Meszler. The couple married on Aug. 13, 1955.
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Born on Feb. 3, 1930, in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Layton and Mildred Jackson Stephens. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. George was employed at Moore Business Forms, where he was the supervisor of shipping.
George was a talented and creative woodworker. He loved biking, walking, animals, fishing and stock car racing. Most of all, George embraced the meaning of a loving husband and father. He was also one of the most versatile baseball players to perform on local diamonds, being accomplished in three positions: centerfield, pitcher and first base. He played for White Mills in the Delaware Valley League and for White Mills, Honesdale, and Newfoundland in the Wayne County League. George was the first selection for centerfield on the 1948-1972 ERA Wayne County League All-Stars. His selection was based on a long career of stardom in the centerfield position. While in military service, he played on the Fourth Army Team. Once baseball was discontinued in local towns, George played with softball teams in the Wayne County Softball League. In later years, he directed his attention to recreational golf.
Also surviving are a son, Damian Stephens and wife, Melissa, Honesdale; daughters, Stephanie Dein and husband, Thomas, Hawley; Sally Stephens, Honesdale; and Pamela Stephens and Steven Mikulewicz, Honesdale; a brother, Benjamin Stephens and wife, Gwen, Newark Valley, N.Y.; grandchildren, Amanda Rezykowski and husband, Anthony; Sarah Dein, Megan Batzel, Madison and Logan Stephens; a great-grandchild, Emma Rezykowski; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susan; and a sister, Evelyn Novobilski.
As per his request, cremation was held. Private funeral services will be at the family's convenience.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hessling Funeral Home Inc., 428 Main St., Honesdale. In lieu of memorial contributions, George would wish you to take the time to love and cherish your family.
Condolences: www.hes slingfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 5, 2013