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PEORIA - John Michael Stephens, 58, of Peoria, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Peoria, Ill., after his brief but hard-fought battle with brain cancer.

He was born on Dec. 29, 1955, in Peoria, the son of John Morton and Florence Emily Stephens. John graduated from Richwoods High School in 1973 and subsequently attended both the University of Iowa and Illinois State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a minor in computer science.

John is most remembered as the ultimate family man. He especially lit up at the mention of his children and grandchildren, and he was wonderfully caring to the love of his life, Beverly. John lived and breathed sports, from his favorite team the New York Yankees, to playing in local softball leagues, to coaching his kids' baseball, softball and basketball teams. He loved movies and Civil War history and had an encyclopedic knowledge of both.

Known to be an especially hard worker, John spent the early part of his career as a computer programmer and systems analyst at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, and most recently worked for NTT Data as a project manager at State Farm in Bloomington.

John was also loved for his optimistic spirit, his giving nature, his sense of humor and his love for animals.

John is survived by his loving wife, Beverly Stephens; his son, Jacob Stephens, wife, Melanie, and their children, Winifred and Alfred; his daughter, Rachel Stephens; his mother, Florence Stephens; his sisters, Cindy Ramsey, Susan Pilon, Lisa Addler and Leslie Caruso; and his brother, Larry Stephens; along with many other cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Morton Stephens; and his sister, Lori Stephens.

A celebration of life service will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City, Ill.

The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co. Pekin/Peoria is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at csmico.com.


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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2014.
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118 entries
July 30, 2020
Missing your presence in my life. My Johnny, love you always. Your wife Beverly.
Beverly Stephens
Spouse
June 29, 2020
Missing you, and thinking of you. My Johnny. Love your wife ❤
Beverly Stephens
Spouse
June 26, 2020
John, I am so glad we had 33 wonderful years of marriage, and the best memories of my life. My forever Johnny.
Beverly Stephens
Spouse
June 23, 2020
John these past few months have been hard. There has been a lot happening with a Covid19 virus that has caused a lot of changes, such as social distancing, and face mask. I am unable to see the grandkids due to me being at risk. Rachel is expecting her 2nd child in November, not sure what the set of the baby is neither is she. Alot of thing has slowed down to a grinding halt. Things are slowly getting back to normal as places are opening up in phases. We are currently entering phase 4, a little better than phase 1. I believe this experience has been hard on everyone. We have also been experiencing civil unrest, violence, looting, and arson in the bigger cities. It was all having to with a black man being detained with a chokehold, and subsequently dying. This happened in April I believe, and its been non stop drama since then. I'm glad you are not here to see them taking down confederate statues, burning American flags, banning the civil war flag, and defacing, and toppling statues. Remember one of my pet nicknames for you was Johnny Reb. It just makes me sad to see a part of our life being destroyed. I especially miss you during these trying times. I know you would meet the crisis with dignity. Love you Always My Johnny Reb.
Beverly Stephens
Spouse
March 6, 2020
We had it all dear, especially the greatest gift of all love.
Beverly Stephens
March 5, 2020
Kisses, and hugs to my forever Johnny.
Beverly Stephens
March 5, 2020
Missing my Johnny, love always your loving wife Beverly.
Beverly Stephens
March 3, 2020
John it's getting close to spring here, and the weather is getting milder as well. I just visited you at the mausoleum at Swan Lake. Sheba was with me, and didn't seem to mind being inside the building with me. I am still living in Peoria, and looking for a job in my field, probably in Texas. I miss your wit, charm, and grace dear. I am so glad we had all those years together. I am truly blessed. Love you and missing my Johnny.
Beverly Stephens
June 23, 2019
John it has been awhile since I have spoken to you in the guest book. I miss you greatly, but feel I have met many milestones on my journey through life. I wish you were here to share these memories with you. Love you always and forever. Beverly
Beverly Stephens
June 14, 2019
Thinking of you and missing you always!
Rachel Schnepper
August 14, 2018
Hello my Johnny! I have not written you in quite a while. Sean and I are expecting our first child in Sept. It really saddens me that you are not here to enjoy all of those moments with us. But I know you will be with us in spirit and protecting all of us. Talk to you soon dad. Love, Rachel
Rachel Schnepper
August 12, 2018
Beverly Stephens
June 11, 2018
Today would have been our 37th wedding anniversary. I think of you still and wish you were here dear. Love you always. Beverly
Beverly Stephens
April 2, 2018
Happy belated Easter dear. Love you my Johnny.
Beverly Stephens
March 30, 2018
John it Good Friday, and close to Easter Sunday. I miss you always on holidays. You always made them special dear. Love you always Beverly.
Beverly Stephens
December 28, 2017
John tomorrow would have been your 62nd Birthday. We all miss you, and especially during the holidays. I love you dear, and always will.

Beverly Stephens
Beverly Stephens
December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas in heaven, dad! We miss you always. Love, Rachel
Rachel Stephens
December 25, 2017
Me
Beverly Stephens
December 25, 2017
Jacob, and kids
Beverly Stephens
December 24, 2017
John it's Christmas Day, and we all miss you so very much. Love you always, and forever.
Beverly Stephens
December 24, 2017
John it's Christmas Day, and we all miss you so very much. Love you always, and forever.
Beverly Stephens
December 24, 2017
Jacob, Winnie, Alfie, and baby Josephine at Christmas time.
John, I wanted to say Merry Christmas dear. Even though you are no longer, you are always in my thoughts, and hold fond memories of you this time of year. I am spending Christmas with Jacob, and his family: Melanie his wife, and 3 wonderful grandchildren: Winnie, Alfie, and little Josephine who is 5 months old soon to be 6 months December 10th. We all miss you and wish you were here to celebrate Christmas. John you always made Christmas special for all of us. Love you dear. Always in our hearts.
Beverly Stephens
June 27, 2017
Beverly Stephens
June 18, 2017
Beverly Stephens
June 18, 2017
Happy Father's John. You were the best dad for our children, and for that I am very grateful. Love you always. My Johnny.
Beverly Stephens
April 27, 2017
Beverly Stephens
April 25, 2017
Hi dad! I can't believe it is almost May! Where has the time gone? Sometimes it feels like you have been gone for an eternity. We all miss you so very much. You were taken from us too soon. I had pictures done in honor of you and I know you would love them dad. I love you and miss you my Johnny.
Rachel Stephens
April 24, 2017
Beverly Stephens
April 6, 2017
Love you and miss you dear. Love Beverly
Beverly Stephens
December 29, 2016
Today is your birthday. For some reason they posted it yesterday. Love you dear.
Beverly Stephens
December 28, 2016
John today would have been your 61st birthday. We all miss you very much. Thinking of you dear. Love Beverly
Beverly Stephens
December 25, 2016
John, Merry Christmas. Even though you are not with me I think of you often especially this time of year. Love you, and missing you always.
Beverly Stephens
December 1, 2016
John I miss most during the holiday season. Love you always. Bev
Beverly Stephens
November 21, 2016
John and I at the closing of our house.
Beverly Stephens
November 21, 2016
John as systems analyst at Methodist Hospital.
Beverly Stephens
November 21, 2016
John, it's the 2nd anniversary of your passing. I can't help think of you alot. We still think of you and miss you everyday, but especially this time of year. The holidays will never be the same without you dear. I love you always, and forever.
Beverly Stephens
October 19, 2016
I haven't written to you in a while dad. This time of year is especially hard for me. I know how much you loved the fall season. I am going back to school to become a bereavement counselor and I owe most of that to you dad. I think about you everyday. I love you!
Rachel Stephens
September 30, 2016
Love you, and miss your presence in my life.
Beverly Stephens
September 30, 2016
John, I just wanted you to know I miss you very much. I have been working on the house, with a total bath remodel, getting the kitchen finished up. I know you would be happy that this done. I am also redoing the floors in hardwood laminate. It is the color you picked dear. I love you and miss you.
Beverly Stephens
June 26, 2016
Beverly Stephens
June 19, 2016
Happy Father's Day to the greatest dad of all time!! You taught me So many things over the years that I will never forget. It is very hard to see the daughters out there that still have their fathers and get to spend this special day with them. But I am very thankful for the 28 Father's Days I had with with you dad. I love you always my Johnny!
Rachel Stephens
June 18, 2016
Happy Father's day dear. You were the best dad to Jacob, and Rachel. Love you always Beverly.
Beverly Stephens
June 12, 2016
It's our 35 wedding anniversary. Love you and always will. Beverly
Beverly Stephens
June 11, 2016
John, it is the eve of our 35 wedding anniversary. I can't help but remember all the wonderful years we had together. I am so very lucky to have had you in my life, and I cherish our life we had together. I miss you darling, and love you very much. Love always Beverly.
Beverly Stephens
May 29, 2016
I just wanted to let you know that I think about you everyday. Some days are harder than others, but I try to remember all of the great memories we all shared as a family. I love you and miss you always!
Rachel Stephens
May 15, 2016
Beverly Stephens
May 15, 2016
Beverly Stephens
April 28, 2016
Thinking of you and missing you.
Beverly Stephens
April 14, 2016
Beverly Stephens
April 8, 2016
John just heading back to Peoria from Houston. Wishing you were here with us dear. We stopped at Brown's your favorite resturant. Grandchildren are growing up fast dear. We all love you and miss you. Love Beverly
Beverly Stephens
April 7, 2016
Beverly Stephens
April 7, 2016
Beverly Stephens
March 30, 2016
Beverly Stephens
March 26, 2016
Beverly Stephens
March 26, 2016
Happy Easter John. I love and miss you on this special holiday. Love your wife Beverly.
Beverly Stephens
March 25, 2016
John, it is Good Friday, and I am thinking of you and missing you. Love you always. Beverly
Beverly Stephens
March 22, 2016
I love you and miss you very much dad!
Rachel Stephens
March 17, 2016
Beverly Stephens
March 16, 2016
John, wanted to remember St. Patrick's Day, and how you enjoyed the holiday, and how you made it special with the dinner you would make, with corned beef, cooked cabbage, and corn bread. You were the best cook John. You always made the holidays special. Love you and miss you dear.
Beverly Stephens
March 13, 2016
Beverly Stephens
March 10, 2016
Beverly Stephens
March 10, 2016
John, just thinking of you, and wishing you were here. Love you always. Beverly
Beverly Stephens
February 25, 2016
John overlooking work on kitchen.
Beverly Stephens
February 25, 2016
Dad and Jacob on the River Walk in San Antonio TX. Wonderful memories.
Beverly Stephens
February 25, 2016
Thinking of you, and how you are dearly missed by your family. Love you sweetheart always. Beverly
Beverly Stephens
February 15, 2016
Beverly Stephens
February 14, 2016
Jacob and dad.
Beverly Stephens
February 14, 2016
Rachel with dad.
Beverly Stephens
February 14, 2016
John, its been a year and 3 months since you left us. I just wanted to say Happy Valentines Day dear. I miss you so very much dear. Love always Beverly
Beverly Stephens
February 8, 2016
Beverly Stephens
February 4, 2016
Beverly Stephens
February 4, 2016
John I miss you.
Beverly Stephens
January 30, 2016
Jacob graduation
Beverly Stephens
January 29, 2016
Hi dad. It has been a few months since I have written to you. I have been in my new position as supervisor for a little over 3 months. I miss all of your great advice. I could definitely use some of your career advice these days. I think you would be proud of my accomplishments. I just wish you were still here with us. We miss you so much. I love you dad.
Rachel Stephens
January 29, 2016
Beverly Stephens
January 28, 2016
Beverly Stephens
January 28, 2016
Joh, I had to reopen your obituary/guestbook. We miss sharing memories with you. Love you always.
Beverly Stephens
January 28, 2016
John, I had to reopen your guestbook. We need to share memories with you dear. Love you always sweetheart.
Beverly Stephens
October 5, 2015
Hi dad. I haven't written to you in quite some time. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you. We are drawing close to the 1 year anniversary of your passing, and there are many days that it doesn't seem real that you are gone. It has been very difficult for me to get used to my new life without you in it. But I am trying, and I know that is what you would want. I love you and I will write again soon, dad.
Rachel Stephens
September 14, 2015
John, you are always remembered, as this month September, was especially difficult, and painful for you as it was for those who loved you the most. Rachel, Jacob, and myself. We think of you often, and wish you were here with us. Love you always my dear. Love Beverly Stephens
Beverly Stephens
August 16, 2015
Beverly Stephens
August 11, 2015
John, I am trying my best without, you, it's just not the same dear. I still miss your presence in my life. Love you always and forever.
Beverly Stephens
August 11, 2015
We are coming up on 9 months since you passed away. Life without you just isn't the same and it never will be. We will miss you and love you always dad.
Rachel Stephens
July 25, 2015
I often think of how much all of us miss you dear. I wanted you to know. Love you always Beverly.
Beverly Stephens
July 4, 2015
John, just got back from Gulf Shores AL. Today is the 4th of July. It is not the same without you. Love and miss you very much.
Beverly Stephens
July 1, 2015
Mom and I are here in Gulf Shores, AL visiting Jake, Melanie, Winnie, and Alfie. We are having a good time, but we wish you were here to enjoy the time with us. It isn't the same without you. We love you and miss you very much dad!!
Rachel Stephens
June 21, 2015
Happy Father's Day Dad!! I am so grateful for all of the years we shared together. You were the best dad and I miss you so very much! Don't worry I will always take good care of mom :) I love you always and forever.
Rachel Stephens
June 20, 2015
Happy Father's Day dear. You were the best dad to our children. We all love and miss you very much.
Beverly Stephens
June 12, 2015
Happy 34th anniversary. Even though you are not with me, I still love and miss you very much.
Beverly Stephens
June 10, 2015
Dear our 34th wedding anniversary jis this Friday the 12th of June. I miss and love you so much dear.
Beverly Stephens
May 11, 2015
I miss you more with each day dad! A part of me is forever gone.
Rachel Stephens
May 8, 2015
I am thinking of you and missing your presence in my life. I love you dear.
Beverly Stephens
April 25, 2015
Beverly Stephens
April 16, 2015
Just wanted to let you know I got the taxes done a couple weeks ago. Definetly on time, as you would have done dear. You were master tax person dear, and you did a good job. Miss you my love, always and forever.
Beverly Stephens
April 5, 2015
Happy Easter dear, I miss you so much. Love you, and always in my heart.
Beverly Stephens
April 5, 2015
Happy Easter Dad! I will love you and miss you forever. Jake is going to make your famous ham and beans :). It probably won't be as good as yours though lol.
Rachel Stephens
April 4, 2015
Beverly Stephens
March 18, 2015
Yesterday was St Patrick's Day dad. I know how much you enjoyed corned beef and cabbage so I'm going to make it this weekend just for you! We miss you very much dad!! I love you
Rachel Stephens
March 17, 2015
Happy St. Patrick's Day dear. I miss and love you so much.
Beverly Stephens
March 10, 2015
Beverly Stephens
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