William P. Stevens Jr.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

William P. Stevens Jr., 86, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, left this life peacefully and went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. William was born Feb. 9, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo. Before moving to Arlington in 2002, he had lived in Prescott, Kan., Olathe, Kan., and Rogers, Ark. He was a proud veteran and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a radio code instructor. He was strong in faith throughout his life and his greatest joys were his grandchildren.

Left with loving memories are his wife of 67 years, Velma Martin Stevens; daughter, Beverly Behgam and husband, Roger, of Arlington; daughter, Patty Himel and husband, AJ, of Houston; son, William Paul Stevens and wife, Debbie, of Jacksboro, Tenn.; daughter, Mary Murray and husband, Stanley, of Olathe, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Nelle Stevens.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Arlington. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, at Moore Funeral Home-Bowen Chapel, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Burial will be 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at the Prescott Cemetery, Prescott, Kan., with military honors conducted by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Detail. Local services are under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 101 Summit Ave., Suite 300, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, in memory of William P. Stevens.