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Billy Gene Stephens of Bullhead City, Arizona (formerly from Tulare, California) died peacefully in Bullhead City on August 5, 2015. He was born in Aldrich, Missouri on August 31, 1929 to Verle and Myrtle Stephens. His family moved to California in the early 1930s.

Billy is survived by his beloved partner of eight years, Irma Steltzer; their two little dogs, Buffie and Chico; a son, Tom Gilstrap from Yakima, Washington; and a daughter, Sunday Pearson from Northern California. Additionally Billy is survived by two brothers; Allen and Russell Stephens and his sister Sandy Mendes; plus many nieces, nephews and grand- children.

He is preceded in death by two sons, Brian and Chesley Stephens; and a daughter Amber Bindon-Stephens.

Billy was a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army retiring at the rank of Command Sergeant Major. During his years of service, his overseas assignments included tours in Germany, Korea and Vietnam. Stateside assignments include Fort Lewis and Fort Lawton, Washington; Camp Roberts, Fort Ord and The Presidio of San Francisco, California, and Fort Bliss, Fort Hood and Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Stephens' last assignment was as CSM of the U.S. Army Health Services Command from October 1974 to March 1975.

So, to the man who fought the good fight when others feared and who answered duties call where others failed, may you rest in peace and may God bless your heroic soul.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m at Tulare District Cemetery in Tulare, California.

Arrangements are under the direction of Desert Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Mohave Valley, Arizona.

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Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Aug. 12 to Aug. 19, 2015.
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August 31, 2015
Dear Family, May God be your strength and anchor during this time of sorrow. 1Peter 5:6&7.
August 14, 2015
Billy Gene Stephens, AKA Geno Reno; also lived in the coastal area of Ventura CA for most of his life. There he had many different interests, managing hotels in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria making friends where ever he went. His love for fishing the California lake waters, the marsh in Topock, the Colorado river up Willow Beach, Night fishing with his brothers, newphews, cousins at Lake Meade catching so much bass and croppy enough for fish fry's and hush puppies. Gene loved the outdoors, traveling, he drove to Alaska in 96 with his son Tommy and back, made several trips to Ensenada, MX (they had the best frog legs)road trips to Yakima, Wa, up to Tahoe...he loved to "get away". Everyone remember the man that he was, he loved to have people around him, and when he put on a party, he put on a party...remembering his bbq'd ribs, they were the best...he loved to cook. Gene, You will be missed by ALL your family and friends from the sea to the desert, RIP. Love, Jan
August 12, 2015
I'll never forget Gene, he was a caring and loving person to his friends and loved ones.
Susan Mikuszewski
August 12, 2015
-Finis Vitae Sed Non Amoris - The End of Life Is Not The End Of Love;
August 12, 2015
Dear Stephens Family and beloved Brother:

Please accept my deepest and most sincere condolences on the recent passing of your beloved husband, father and friend, CSM (R) Billy Stephens. Billy was truly a Soldiers Soldier - he walked the walk and talked the talk. When it comes to Army Noncommissioned Officers, they don't make them any better than Billy.

Billy's presence on this earth will be sorely missed by all those who served with him in the United States Army and in the U.S. Army Medical Command. He left his mark on many a Soldier and provided wise counsel and sage advice to numerous senior leaders throughout his career in the Army.

You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if there is anything I can do to assist you and your family during these trying times. May God bless each and every one of you.

Serving to HealHonored to Serve


Gerald C. Ecker
Command SergeantMajor
Gerald Ecker
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