George E. Stephens, Jr., a resident of Los Alamos, N.M., died July 31, 2013, at 89 years of age. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Faith (Fridlington); sisters Dorothy, Fonda, Hazel, Maxine and Vera; and brother John.
He is survived by his children Janice and George; grandchildren Casey and Jessie, Jonathan, and Shanna; sisters Joanne (husband Clyde) Jones, and Betty (husband Bob) Smith; sisters-in-law Phyllis Stephens, Shirley Biddle, and Norma Ripkey; and brother-in-law Fred (wife Michelle) Fridlington. Born in Marion County, he served his country in both the Army and the Navy before coming to Los Alamos, N. M., in 1946 where he worked for the USAEC Protective Force and the Los Alamos National Laboratory prior to retiring to a life of ease playing cards and shooting pool with his friends at the Betty Ehardt Senior Center.
A memorial service was held Aug. 12 at the United Church of Los Alamos. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to either the George Stephens Memorial at the Betty Ehardt Senior Center, 1101 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM, 87544, or to the blindness research organization of your choice.
The family of George E. Stephens, Jr., has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. www.devargasfuneral.com