Roland Stephens
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Allred Funeral Home
212 South Main Street
Berrien Springs, MI

Roland Russell Stephens at the age of 91, died April 14, 2021, at home in Springfield, Ohio. He had recently moved to Ohio to be near his grandchildren, having lived for most of his working life in Berrien Springs and at Karanda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe.

Roland was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Elmhurst, Ill. to Mary G. (Thompson) and Russell William Stephens. At the age of 4 he moved to a farm near Lakeview, Mich., where he graduated from Lakeview High School in 1947.

He graduated from Bob Jones University in 1951, from the University of Illinois with a master's degree 1952, and from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1956. Following an internship in Lansing, Mich., Roland entered a surgical residency at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. After finishing his residency he joined a medical group at Berrien General Hospital, a group that was soon to become the Southwestern Medical Clinic. He went on to become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. During his career he was honored for his medical and missionary work by the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare/Zimbabwean Government in 2013, by the Medical and Dental Society in 2014, receiving the David Stewart Memorial Reward for missionary service, and by the American College of Surgeons in 2018, receiving the Surgical Humanitarian of the Year reward.

On June 8, 1951, Roland married Kathleen Harriet Hoff and their family was blessed with four sons: Mark, Daniel, Brian and Joel. In 1962, the Stephens family left for Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe, Africa) where Roland was a medical missionary at the Gunderson-Horness Mission Hospital (now Karanda Mission Hospital) until 1978.

Roland's family returned to the USA and Roland continued to work with the Southwestern Medical Clinic while the liberation struggle continued on in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. When he retired from SWMC in 1995 he returned to Karanda Mission Hospital, joining his son Daniel, who was now a general surgeon and medical director of Karanda. During the interval between 1978-1995 he worked one year at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya and did other short term trips, including trips to Rwanda and Bangladesh. Roland and Kathy worked at Karanda Mission Hospital until 2013 when he entered final retirement at the age of 83.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kathy; and son, Joel.

Surviving are sons: Mark (Shirley, Stephen, Karen), Daniel (Julie, William, Wesley, Jason, David) and Brian (Susan, Amanda, Anna, Luke, Abigail, Allie); grandchildren's spouses and 13 great-grandchildren. His siblings: Loraleen Peg (Peggy) Stevens, Gertrude (Trudy) Kim and Herbert Stephens and their spouses also survive.

Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, with funeral services at 11 a.m. at Berrien Center Bible Church in Berrien Center, followed by a graveside service at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens in Niles.

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Published by The Herald-Palladium on Apr. 17, 2021.
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Roland was a cousin to look up to, in height and in principle. All of us had respect for him as we were growing up. His work in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe was something we admired. It was also interesting talking to his sons when they came "home" on deputation. He was a "favorite cousin."
Janet (Rossman) Wolfe
Family
May 5, 2021
Rapciak Family
April 21, 2021
Dr Roland Stephens gave us a great example of service and showing compassion in the cause of Christ. It was a privilege to serve with him at SWMC. Liz and I extend our deepest condolences to Dan and Julie and the rest of Roland’s family
Georg Schultz
Georg Schultz
Coworker
April 21, 2021
Your selflessness, love, service &philanthropic heart to the poor communities of Mt Darwin, will remain etched in our hearts forever. Rest with the Angels Dr Sekuru Stephens.
Shumy Makachi
Friend
April 20, 2021
Sekuru was committed to his work and his love, passion and zeal for people is hard to be matched, words are not enough to express the legacy of Sekuru Stephens
Patrick Onzi
Significant Other
April 20, 2021
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April 19, 2021
Nate and Terah Ott
April 19, 2021
Gene Harrison
Friend
April 18, 2021
My condolences to the Stephens family
Nyasha Mahoko
Coworker
April 18, 2021
What a beautiful tribute. Dr. Roland was my mother's doctor at Karanda Mission Hospital back in 1997. Thank you for faithfully serving the people at Karanda mission hospital. All your contributions are appreciated. On behalf of the many Zimbabweans our deepest sympathies to the Stephens family. Dr. Roland 's legacy lives on. Prayers for the family.
Sekai Mujokoto (Dallas, Texas)
April 17, 2021
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