WINCHESTER, Ind. - Frederick W. Stephan, 90, of Winchester, Ind., passed away early morning July 27, 2013, at Reid Hospital and Health Services of Richmond, Ind.
He was born Oct. 17, 1922, in North Star, Ohio, the son of Louis and Clara Belle (Lanich) Stephan. He married Ethel M. (Wilson) Stephan Aug. 10, 1947.
Fred honorably served in the US Army during World War II as a staff sergeant for Company A 53rd Armored Infantry Regiment, 4th Armored Division (94 Infantry). He was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, under General George S. Patton. He was a proud veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 274 of Lynn, Ind., and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Greenville, OH.
Fred, a long time farmer of Randolph County, lived in Ansonia, Ohio, before moving to Indiana in 1955. He had also worked in maintenance for the Frigidaire Company in his younger years. He was a past board member of the Versailles Poultry Producers and a member of the Lutheran Church of Winchester, Ind.
He leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Carol (husband, Mike) Denton of Lynn, Ind.; a daughter-in-law, Jackie (Weide) Stephan of Lynn, Ind.; a son-in-law, Jim Fetzer of Clarkston, Mich.; a brother, Delbert Stephan of North Star, Ohio; a sister, Arlene (Gerald) Sharp of Greenville, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Zo Ann (Kreitzer) Stephan of North Star, Ohio, Judy (McClure) Stephan of Arcanum, Ohio, and Mary Catherine Wilson of Greenville, Ohio; grandchildren, Lanett Stephan, Jerimy Stephan (wife, Jami), Elizabeth Fetzer, Sarah Fetzer and Aaron Fetzer; great-grandchildren, Morgan and Kaibre Stephan; several nieces and nephews; a special friend and partner of 17 years, Thelma (Sander) Marker of Ansonia, Ohio; and her children, Dick and Charlotte Allen of California, Wayne Beisner of Troy, Ohio, David and Sarah Beisner of Arkansas, Dale and Diane Strong of Findlay, Ohio, and Greg and Shirley Amspaugh of Ansonia, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife; children, Ronald W. Stephan and Connie J. (Stephan) Fetzer; brothers, Edward L. Stephan and Richard Stephan; sister-in-law, Helen Stephan; and a nephew, Curtis G. Stephan.
A service to celebrate Fred's life will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Thomas Memorial Chapel of Lynn, Ind., with Pastor Dwight Kruger officiating. Burial will be in Spartanburg Cemetery of Spartanburg, Ind.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) of Greenville, Ohio, or the American Legion Post of Lynn, Ind. Envelopes will be provided at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonshookfuneralhomes.com.