Robert C. Stephenson
1947 - 2021
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Robert C. Stephenson

Appleton - Robert "Bob" Clyde Stephenson, age 73, of Appleton, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on March 3, 2021 after a brief yet courageous battle with leukemia resulting from exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. Bob was born on October 23, 1947 in Appleton, WI to Clyde and Elayne Stephenson. Bob graduated in1965 from Appleton High School and had a life-long career in the electrical/construction trades. Prior to becoming a journeyman electrician and working for Stephenson Electric, Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969. During that time he served in the 82nd Airborne (Detroit riots), followed by the 101st Airborne in Vietnam from 1968-1969. During his service in Vietnam, he earned three bronze stars for his courage and bravery. Bob was a true patriot and very proud of his country and service in the military. He continued to serve by volunteering for multiple veteran organizations such as the Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh, Veterans Court of Outagamie County, and was a member of the VFW, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), and the American Legion.

Bob retired from Faith Technologies in 2006 after many years of working in the electrical trade. He gave his time to Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin, serving on the apprenticeship committee. Bob loved this role as he would help guide many people into success in the electrical field. He spent the last few years working at Lowe's in the electrical department, making numerous friends and helping anyone who needed it.

Bob met the love of his life, Martha Vanderhyden, in 1969 and were married September 26, 1970 and went on to have three children. Together they raised their family and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Bob was preceded in death by his parent's Clyde and Elayne Stephenson.

Bob is survived by his wife, Martha Stephenson, children, Rob (Lena) Stephenson, Tim Stephenson, and Sara (Tom) Lornson, daughter-in-law, Dorothy Stephenson, and grandchildren, Emma Stephenson, Jonathon Steindorf, Luciano Stephenson, Vincenzo Stephenson, Serafina Stephenson, Ella Lornson, Owen Stephenson, Jacob Lornson, and Olivia Stephenson. He is also survived by his siblings, Dr. Larry (Carol) Stephenson, Rollie (Sue) Stephenson, Jim (Lisa) Stephenson, and Patti Stephenson, and numerous nieces and nephews for whom he cared deeply.

Bob had a love for his Lord, Jesus Christ, and he deeply loved his family and friends. Bob lived his life with integrity. He will be remembered for being easygoing, selfless, compassionate, faithful, and kind. His quick wit and humor brought joy to many who knew him. He was the world's best father, husband, grandfather, brother, and friend. To know him was to love him, and he will be missed dearly.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Calvary Chapel, 2136 E. Newberry St., Appleton, WI 54915 and officiated by Pastor Dwight Douville. Visitation will be from 10:00am to noon, with service and military honors immediately following.

Bob's family would like to thank Dr. Coenen and the staff at the VA Clinic in Appleton for the excellent care they provided to Bob over the years. They would also like to thank the staff at Heartland Hospice for the kind and gentle care they provided throughout this short, but very difficult time.

Bob may have lost his last battle with cancer here on earth, but won the war as he is now in heaven with our Lord and Savior.






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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Mar. 5 to Mar. 7, 2021.
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March 19, 2021
I loved working with Bob and appreciated his wisdom and understanding. He will always have a place in my heart.
Valerie Marie Bales
March 19, 2021
We were both greatly saddened to hear of Bob´s death. The true meaning of "we should have kept in touch" is heavy on our hearts. We had the greatest admiration for this kind, smart, and FUNNY neighbor who became a wonderful friend. To this day he brings a smile to our faces. His brave service to our country continued far beyond active duty, he truly "walked the walk." Much love to Martha, Rob, Tim and Sara and your families, as well as Rollie and Sue, at this difficult time. Sorry we can´t be there for his memorial service, but we´d like to see you soon.
Jackie and Bill Totsch
March 16, 2021
Sorry to see Bob go, but there are better places than this life. He was a class mate at Appleton Senior High, a fellow Vietnam Vet ( although it was not my place to see battle I was the Medic that took care of the wounded) We worked together in the electric field and left Faith Tech. about the same time. He will be missed but always remembered, Rob and Tim stay strong and remember all your dad meant to you.
Howard Marx
Friend
March 14, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Terri Deeg
Coworker
March 11, 2021
One Day Well Shopping at Lowe's Bob Came up to Me and asked if he could help Me. I looked at his Name Tag, and Asked if he was related to Clyde. He asked how I would know his Dad. I Inform Bob that I was the Assessor and Building Inspector for the Town of Menasha for 31-Years.
As I had My Military Hat on we had some Great Talks. I Really did Look for Him. To the Bob's Family, I Feel Your Great Loss. Find a Special Place in your Heart for those Special Memories. R.I.P. My Friend // Richard Eiberger 173rd Airborne & 6th Special Forces 64-70.
Richard Eiberger
Acquaintance
March 11, 2021
I am so saddened with Bob's passing and ask God's blessings on all of you.
I met Bob after we both returned from Vietnam and I began consulting with Rollie and Bob and Town & Country Electric.

I recall Bob as a funny man, humble and kind. I the consulting work I do, Bob would ask great questions and make insightful comments. He was always finding a way to contribute and problem solve.

One the years, Bob also focused his energies on helping veterans. And I am not surprised due to his selflessness. Betsy and I will be making a donation in Bob's name to the Veterans Village in Appleton.

Be well Bob, you are with our Lord now. Tom Wiltzius
Tom Wiltzius
Friend
March 9, 2021
Martha, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a funny guy. I always looked forward to the FCRC Christmas parties because I knew there would be lots of laughs. Big hugs to you my friend.
Jano Coenen
Jane Coenen
March 8, 2021
After retiring from the Air Force and moving back home to the Fox Cities in 2018, I was so blessed to get to know Bob a little better while visiting Lowe’s often. I knew him briefly while working at T&C Electric (an opportunity through my mom, Valerie Bales). We honor his selfless service & send love to the whole family. He will be missed.
Kelly Bales
Friend
March 8, 2021
After retiring from the Air Force and moving back home to the Fox Cities in 2018, I was so blessed to get to know Bob a little better while visiting Lowe’s often. I knew him briefly while working at T&C Electric (an opportunity through my mom, Valerie Bales). We honor his selfless service & send love to the whole family. He will be missed.
Kelly Bales
Friend
March 8, 2021
I am so very sorry to read that Bob has died....his family as well as so many other diverse individuals (lives,hearts and souls) will genuinely mourn and miss this kind, gentle, genuinely caring, intuitive and intelligent individual.
Whether a customer or friend....when in the presence of Bob, you knew you were safe and in the presence of a gentle, kind, caring, knowledgeable, authentic individual. He, his genuine care for others, especially his family, friends and customers will be greatly missed. Bob was a most genuine caring and humble man/ husband/father/brother, son, friend, vet, individual.” My thoughts and prayers are with his family....God bless.
MIcki Toal
Friend
March 8, 2021
My other post said Tim and should have said him. My sincere apologies
Tammy Carney
March 7, 2021
I worked with Bob at Lowe's and never have I worked with such a wonderful human being in my life. I cashiered so we always had time to chat and when I would go on breaks or lunch there he was!!! He had so many stories, especially about his father. He was just the kindest person I know. I can't say enough about Tim.
Tammy Carney
March 7, 2021
He was always Bobby to me, Larry' and Rollie's brother. I was so sadden and sorry to read of his passing. I'm so sorry for Martha and and family for their loss. The Stephenson and Vanderhyden families are special families. We all grieve for you, Jim miringoff, Palm Desert, California
Jim miringoff
Friend
March 7, 2021
I'm so sad to see this. Bob was definitely one of the good ones. I have many great memories of my apprenticeship with Stephenson Electric. My thanks to Bob and Clyde for my career.
Tom Ruppel
Coworker
March 7, 2021
I met Bob and Martha 45 years ago when I opened my business (Pizza King) as a young man. He and Martha always were very friendly with many compliments. Years later I ran into him at Lowes and we had a great talk. Such a nice man.
Martha and family, I’m sorry for your loss.
Dean Sosnoski
Acquaintance
March 6, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jon and Cindy Baehman
Friend
March 6, 2021
Martha and family, May God comfort you during your time of need. Bob definitely left a legacy that will continue on in his children and grandchildren. Remember all the fun times. God bless all of you.
Donna Fahrenkrug
March 5, 2021
Martha and family, Lisa and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. He was such a “gentle“ man. He was so great to work for and had such a special way with people. Bob knew everyone! I have so many good memories of him. His laugh was infectious and would make me laugh just listening to him. We are very sorry for your loss, but know that he is in a much better place, but will be sorely missed. We are praying for you through this difficult time.
Ron Andrews
Coworker
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