VERNON - Ronald Gregory Stephenson, 65, died peacefully on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the VA Home of the Heroes in Montrose, N.Y. Born in Paterson, he grew up in Glen Rock, enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. After his honorable discharge from the service, he went to work as a machinist, married and moved to Sussex County where he lived with his wife, Fran, for 39 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Prior to retiring in 2009, he worked doing what he loved as the sporting goods manager for Walmart in Franklin. Ron was a loving husband, devoted father and father-in-law, beloved grandfather, brother and uncle. Ron leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love to his four children, Craig, Ashley, Keith and Stacey; his two grandchildren, Caleb and Layla; as well as treasured memories with his brother, Greg, sister, Joan, and late brother, Jack. His nieces and nephews are blessed with fond memories of a vibrant, fun, caring man. Those who knew him will miss his wit and humor, warmth and generosity. It's the love of God modeled in Ron which knits this family together. Ron is now residing in Heaven because of his faith in Jesus. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, March 15, at the Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 3188 Route 94, Hardyston Township. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the church prior to the services. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street Newton, NJ 07860
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Mar. 12, 2014