Donovan L. Stephens

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Longtime Soldotna resident Donovan L. Stephens, 89, died Feb. 9, 2009, in Soldotna.
A funeral was Saturday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. The VFW Post 10046 and American Legion Post 20 officiated and performed military honors.
Mr. Stephens was born July 8, 1919, in Kansas to Lawrence and Jennie (Blair) Stephens. He attended high school in Aitkin, Minn. Mr. Stephens had a long and diverse working history, including managing a pool hall, working in the sugar cane fields, in the iron mines and the oil fields and setting stakes for a road construction grader in the Swanson River area and in Fairbanks.
He was a World War II paratrooper and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. While in the military he was a Golden Gloves boxer.
In 1951, Mr. Stephens moved to Soldotna, where he operated a bar and liquor store. He loved to bowl and bowled into his 80s, maintaining an average of 185. Mr. Stephens was well known in Soldotna and one of his favorite pastimes was to laugh and tell stories. He enjoyed music, especially Fats Waller and Harry James, and loved his dogs, owning several over the years.
Mr. Stephens is survived by his daughter, Marilyn and husband Ron Niezwaag of Billings, Mont.; granddaughters, Christine Povsha, Paula Carmony and Andrea Stephens, all of Billings; grandson, Philip Stephens of San Diego, Calif.; sister, Lois Beall; nephew, Jim Beall of Anchorage; niece, Shirley Rusenstrom of Anchorage; step-granddaughter, Kathy Basinger of Salem, Ore.; step-grandson, Nick Pearce of Chehalis, Wash.; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2009