Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 19, 1995
OBITUARY ~ ALONZO "DONALD" STEPHENS
Alonzo Donald STEPHENS, 70, of 4100 11th Place, Des Moines, Iowa, was born on June 2, 1924 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, the
eldest son of L. Ray and Lottie (BLACK) STEPHENS, and passed away on January 8, 1995, at the V.A. Medical Center in
Des Moines, Iowa.
Donald grew up in Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1943. He went on to earn
his B.A. at Drake University in Des Moines with a major in Business and Finance.
He was in the U.S. Force during
World War II and served in the 326th AAF Base Unit Sqd. O. He worked for the Department of Interior in Washington,
D.C. and for the Veterans Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, both in Des Moines. He had lived in
Des Moines since 1946 and was a member of the First Batpist Church and the American Legion, all of Des Moines.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Joyce UPCHURCH and Deloris Jean STEPHENS, and two brothers,
John Vernon and Gary Lee STEPHENS.
Survivors include his brother, Larry Thomas STEPHENS of Des Moines; two sisters, Majel
LENCE (Mrs. Richard) of Easton, Maryland and Marguerite BURKE (Mrs. William) of Clear Lake, Iowa; one niee, Abbie BURKE-HERZOG
and husband Michael of Minneapolis, Minnesota, anad (sic) three nephews, John R. BURKE of Minneapolis and Stephen A. UPCHRUCH
and John T. UPCHURCH, both of Chicago, Illinois.
Funeral services were held January 11, 1995 from the Wilson-Watson
Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Phil KINTON. Music was provided by Nancy SACKETT, Margaret BICKERS and
Casketbearers were Keith BASTOW, Mark TRIGGS, Merle TRIGGS, Roger STEPHENS, Donald DAILEY and Barton
SHIELDS. Honorary pallbearers were W. A. STEPHENS, Roland STEPHENS, Kenneth STEPHENS, Melvin STEPHENS, Harold KASTER and
Duane TRIGGS. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Military graveside services were conducted by Ringgold Post
#172, American Legion.
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OBITUARY ~ A. DONALD STEPHENS, Des Moines
MOUNT AYR - Alonzo Donald STEPHENS, 70, of Des Moines, formerly of Mount Ayr, died Jan. 8, 1995, at the V.A. Medical
Center in Des Moines.
Servies will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home with the Rev. Phil KINTON
officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Ringgold Post No. 172. There
is open visitation today at the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home and the family will greet friends one hour prior to the
funeral. A memorial has been established in his name.
Mr. STEPHENS was born June 2, 1924, in Mount Ayr to L. Ray
and Lottie (BLACK) STEPHENS. He grew up in Mount Ayr where he graduated from high school in 1943. He graduated from
Drake University with a bachelor of arts degree in business and finance.
He was a World War II and U.S. Air Force
veteran serving in the 326th AAF Base Unit. He worked for the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C., and the
Veterans Administration and Internal Revenue Service in Des Moines. He lived in Des Moines since 1946, and was a member
of the First Baptist Church and the American Legion of Des Moines.
Survivors include a brother, Larry Thomas STEPHENS
of Des Moines; and two sisters, Majel (husband Richard) LENCE of Easton, Md. and Marguerite (husband William) BURKE
of Clear Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Joyce UPCHURCH and Deloris Jean STEPHENS; and
two brothers, John Vernon and Gary Lee STEPHENS.
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