Raymond E. Stephens
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Virginia Beach - Raymond Edward Stephens, 83, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2013. He was born in St. Louis, Mo. on May 31, 1930 to the late Raymond Earl Stephens and Clara Dann Stephens. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Richard Earl Stephens.
After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in the Korean War. He was in the 2nd Platoon of Able Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division and was assigned to the first wave to land on Red Beach at the Inchon Landing. As a buck sergeant and squad leader he was the first to climb the ladder and go over the seawall. He was awarded a Commendation Ribbon with Combat "V" for his excellent service. Subsequently he graduated from the Naval Academy Prep School at Newport, R.I. and was appointed a midshipman to the U.S. Naval Academy. He has left his family a memoir of his thoughts on his adventures in the Marines and impact on his life. Semper Fi.
Raymond worked at General Metal Products Company in St. Louis for 35 years in a variety of roles, retiring as a Sales Engineer. He enjoyed 20 years of active retirement at Innsbrook Resort in Missouri before moving to Virginia.
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and boating with his family. He was a gun collector, a voracious reader, and lover of challenging math problems. He was very generous with his time as a teacher to his children and others. All who knew him felt the warmth of his innate kindness.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Alice Stephens; daughter Kathy Ginnow and her husband Bill of Virginia Beach; son Ray Earl Stephens and his wife Karen of Keller, Texas; and granddaughter, Suzanne Becker and her husband Tristan of Oakland, CA.
Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Missouri. A Celebration of his Life for family and friends will be held at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community in Virginia Beach at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Va. www.usmcmuseum.org
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 20, 2013