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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 Mary TRULLINGER.

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.

Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa

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.

Submissions by Ann Wyer, April of 2012

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