Robert Lester Stephens, 94, of Load, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in River's Bend Health Care in South Point, Ohio.
Lester was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Greenup County, a son of the late Tom and Anna Marshall Stephens.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Harvey Stephens; one daughter, Patsy Stephens Hensley; one daughter-in-law, Sharon Stephens; two brothers, Arthur Stephens and Jimmy Stephens; two sisters, Mickie Stephens and Patty Stephens; and one step-brother, Clyde Stephens
He was a member of Load Enterprise Baptist Church on Little White Oak Road.
In addition to retiring from CSX railroad, he spent his days plowing, keeping bees, chopping wood and planning his next fishing trip to Canada. He traveled to Canada annually for nearly 40 years.
He honorably served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He spent much time in the battles of the South Pacific, receiving close calls on his life and burns to his hands. He became an underwater demolition technician, so that he could send an extra $100 home to his mother each month. He was a proud War Veteran, telling stories about his time on the USS Louisville -the "Lady Lou."
After traveling the world and marrying the former Betty Harvey in Oregon, he returned to Kentucky. He loved Kentucky, which he called the "Promised Land," living near "Beloved" Tygart's Creek.
He loved the land and his family dearly and taught his grandchildren a lifetime of hard work, practicality and integrity through his actions.
In his later years, he enjoyed log cabin living with his loving wife, Elsie. For years, Lester and Elsie were inseparable.
He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Elsie Darnell Stephens; three sons, Robert Joseph Stephens, Roy David Stephens and John Lee Stephens, all of Load; one daughter, Linda and Bill Clark of Ashland; one step-daughter, Brenda and Denny Brideweser of Sidney, Ohio; one brother, Johnny Stephens of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two sisters, Ruth Boggs and Dorothy Adkins, both of Load; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family is thankful for Hospice care received over the preceding months.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at Reed Funeral Home in Greenup by his grandson, Pastor Joseph Stephens. Burial will be in Quillen Cemetery in Lynn with military rites by Marine Corps League Greenbo Detachment 1345.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to rlrfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 18, 2017