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Robert Stephenson

Obituary Condolences

Robert Floyd 'Bob' Stephenson of Houston, Texas passed away on July 31, 2014 from cancer. He was a native fourth generation Texan born in Sour Lake, TX to Floyd Stephenson and Ivy Nicol on April 8th, 1929. He was predeceased by first wife Gladys Edna Adcock, survived by second wife Wanda J. Darington. Other survivors include daughters Sharon Mauldin & husband Larry; Carolyn Lochte Frerking & husband Paul; sons Robert F. Stephenson Jr. (Bob) and wife Beth; Kenneth David Stephenson & wife Kathleen. Loving grandchildren are Kelly Ellis (Mike), Glen Lochte (Reagan) & Jeremy Lochte (Rainey), Jennifer & Janis Fortenberry, Charlene Frazier & Susan Stephenson, Jason Stephenson (Whitney) & Emily Newton (Logan). His great-grandchildren numbered 11 with one expected in October. He also had three great-granddaughters with another one expected in December.
Predeceasing him in death were his sisters Martha Rae Pearson & Patsy Ruth Stephenson. Surviving sisters are Elsie Bailes of Normangee, Sylvia Jean Bailes (and husband Raymond) of Willis; Shirley Jo Peek (and husband Donald) of Conroe; and Mary Margaret Orrick of Houston. Surviving brother is Kenneth Herbert Stephenson (and wife Carolyn) of Spring, TX. Numerous nieces and nephews also mourn the passing of their beloved Uncle Robert who loved them like he had been loved by his uncles and great uncles.
Robert died in Columbus, Texas last Thursday en route to California. He had suffered from cancer for two years. Born in Sour Lake, he lived most of his life in Houston where he moved as a small boy. He attended Trinity Lutheran School and Church (downtown) through the eighth grade; enlisted in the Navy at 16 and served much of his duty in Alaska and California. He married childhood sweetheart Gladys Adcock who died in October 1991 of cancer. He worked for many years as a machinist, retiring from FMC on Greens Rd. He married Wanda June Darington (Beverly) in Las Vegas, NV in October 2001. Robert loved fishing and hunting with his sons, grandsons, nephews, and brothers-in-law. He worked tirelessly with Boy Scouts of America in the 1960s and 1970s, serving as a scoutmaster, etc. Playing dominoes, telling stories and visiting casinos replaced the outdoors activities as his health declined. Most of all, Robert enjoyed family dinners, picnics, reunions, etc. He never met a stranger and at the end loved to visit with his hospice nurses and caretakers.
Family visitation hours will be from 4-8 pm, Monday, August 4, 2014 at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home, 13102 N. Freeway, Houston, TX. Interment and graveside service will be at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, August 5th. A memorial service will follow at 3 pm at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 161 West Rd., Houston, TX, 77060.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church or the . Condolences can be left at www.EarthmanResthavenfuneralHome.com

Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 4, 2014
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