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DAVID C. STEPHENS

David C. Stephens of Elburn David C. Stephens, 55, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Taken too soon, David's memory lives on through his family and friends that will miss him forever. He was born Jan. 28, 1957, in Sycamore, the son of Charles and Lois (nee Freeman) Stephens. David grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland High School. After graduating with the class of 1975, David worked locally for a time, including a stint at Harms Chevrolet detailing cars, before beginning a 20 year career at St. Charles Kitchens until they closed their doors. He then found work at Seimens in West Chicago and became supervisor shortly after. David's heart beat for only one woman, and her name was Lisa Schusler. They were united in marriage in October 1981 and welcome home a son Matthew within the year. They began their new life in Elburn on Welter road for a time, but although they remain the best of friends and loving parents, David and Lisa parted ways. David continued to live in Elburn making memories but his time was cut short and only God knows why. It broke his family to lose him, but if there is anything that is certain in this world, it is that he will never be forgotten. As a young man, as many young men before and since, David was an expert at mischief, much to the consternation of his parents, but to the delight of his partner in crime, his brother. His radio was always tuned to his favorite rock bands, but he turned up the volume whenever AC/DC and Black Sabbath came on. Music Rock and Roll ACDC black Sabbath, fishing in the creeks nearby with his son, throwing stones in the barns to make the pidgeons fly because it made his son laugh. Trips to Tennessee over the 4th of July where he looked forward to sitting back, casting his line A serious hard core Chicago Bears fan Football every Sunday, Chicago Bears, even when his son lived in MN, they talked all about how great or how horrible they played. David was a soft spoken man who let his actions speak volumes and wore his heart on his sleeve. His work ethic was as strong as his faith and he was proud of both. Vehicles were spotless and showroom ready, however that dedication did not extend to his home. He is survived by his son, Matthew (Shuntel) Stephens and their children, Jaden and Dylan, of Kiester, Minn.; three siblings, Lynn (Kenny) Wilkinson, Karen (John) Wilkinson and Kevin (Teresa) Stephens; and several nieces, nephews, and a family of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lois. Visitation will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with a prayer service to celebrate his life to begin at 12 noon on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL 60119. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in David's name to benefit the education of his grandchildren who were the apples of his eyes. Checks may be made to the "David Stephens Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com. For more information, call 630-365-6414.

Funeral Home

Conley Funeral Home
116 West Pierce Street Elburn, IL 60119
(630) 365-6414

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Dec. 15, 2012
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