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Oren D. Stevens

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Oren D. Stevens, 91, a resident of Pleasant Valley Road, died at his home on Sunday, May 14, 2006 following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Stevens was born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 16, 1914. He was the son of the late Oren D. and Mary (Betts) Stevens. Prior to moving to Vermont in 1978, he had resided in Fairlawn, N.J. Mr. Stevens had worked for many years as an industrial engineer for the Drexel Company in Paramus, N.J., where he was responsible for designing tools and artificial limb components.

An avid reader, he particularly enjoyed science fiction and outer-space books and publications. A multi-talented man, he enjoyed inventions and had been a set designer for the Radbury Players in New Jersey. He was an animal lover and was known to keep some unusual pets in the home. In addition, he had enjoyed cooking and camping.

Mr. Stevens leaves his daughter, Gano Stevens of Bennington; two brothers, Gale Bailey of Arizona and Ralph Bailey of Mississippi; a grandson, Marshall Stevens of Bennington; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Martha (Hoover) Stevens, in 1975 and a daughter, Deborah Ehman, in 1977.

A service of remembrance will take place at a later date at the First Congregational Church in Old Bennington; the date and time will be announced. Interment will take place in the Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. Should friends desire, memorial gifts in memory of Mr. Stevens may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences to the family of Oren D. Stevens, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner from May 15 to May 16, 2006
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