STEGNER, DeWAYNE HUBBARD November 8, 1918 to April 13,2008 DeWayne Hubbard (Ted) Stegner passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on April 13th, at the Coronado Villa care facility. Ted was the only child of retired Army Major DeWayne Oswald Stegner and his wife, Gladys Hubbard Stegner and he was born November 8, 1918, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His father moved the family to Downey, California when Ted was a youngster and that is where he grew up. At the start of World War II, Ted enlisted in the United States Navy, went to Officer Candi-dates School and then flight school and was pleased to have been presented with his wings as a Naval Aviator on the same day that he married his sweetheart, Maxine Emerick, in Corpus Christi, Texas. During the war, Ted served as the pilot of a dive bomber in Squadron VB-5 and saw repeated action in the South Pacific Theater against the Japanese sea and air forces . In March of 1945, he was the last pilot to fly his plane off the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV13) before the carrier was hit by a torpedo during an engagement off the coast of Japan. Ted was also a naval aviator during the Korean War and flew C-130 cargo planes during the Vietnam War and retired in 1969 as a Commander after 29 years of service in the Navy. After his military retirement, he attended City College and San Diego State University to obtain his Master's degree in Education and taught social studies, history and mathematics at Montgomery Junior High School in Otay Mesa for many years. A loving husband to his wife, Maxine, and a devoted father to his sons, DeWayne and David Stegner of San Diego, Ted will be deeply missed by them and by all of his friends and students who had the privilege and honor to have known this remarkable man. Funeral Service is at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 19th, at Community Mortuary, 855 Broadway in Chula Vista.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Apr. 18, 2008.