Darwin W. Stephens, 77, of Millstadt, Ill., born Friday, Dec. 16, 1938, in St. Louis County, Mo., died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Darwin was an officer for Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, Mo. Darwin loved his church family and was a member of Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, Ill., and sang in the choir at Hope Church in Belleville, and served on numerous committees. He attended Bel-Nor Grade School, Normandy High School, and graduated from DeSoto High School. Darwin was a U.S. Army veteran. While working he earned his business degree from St. Louis University, and graduated from the Banking University of Wisconsin, Madison. His second career was with the U.S. Department of Labor as an economist. Celebrating life with his family was important, and Darwin showed this in his fondness to sing, dance, camp, fish, hike, golf and travel whenever he was able.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Lee and Edna, nee Copeland, Stephens; brothers, Harold Stephens, and James Milton Stephens; brothers-in-law, James Touchette, and Charles Maguire; and sister-in-law, Amintia, nee Justus, Stephens.
Surviving are his devoted wife of 52 years, Janet A., nee Touchette, Stephens; children, Craig T. (Kim) Stephens, Carol A. (Tim) Arehart, and Keith A. (Sarah) Stephens; sister, Dora Jane Maguire; sisters-in-law, Norma Stephens, and Beverly Stephens; brother-in-law, Robert C. (Lynn) Touchette; grandchildren, Andrew (Melissa) Stephens, Sally Stephens, Jacob Arehart, Maggie Arehart, Katherine Humphreys, and Jocelyn Humphreys; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to the National Parks Conservation Association or donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed online at www.kurrusfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jay Krumeich officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.
KURRUS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 2, 2016