George Robert Stephens age 84, 6 Sesame Street Portland passed away May 14th in the I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He was born in Muncie August 14, 1928 the son of Ira V. and Mable (Alvey) Stephens. He was married April 23, 1983 to Carol Hawkins who survives. He was a graduate of Gov. I.P. Gray High School and received his B.S. and M.A. from Ball State. He served in the U.S. National Guard.
He had taught school and coached in Jefferson Twp. School in Deerfield, Ward Twp. in Saratoga, Dunkirk High School, Auburn High School, Fremont High School as Principal, Michigan City School System as Assistant Superintendent, Basalt High School, Grand Junction Central High School, Montana Tech Collage, Butte High School and Darby School System as Superintendent.
He was a member of Westchester United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #87, Gideons with jail ministries, American Legion, Jay County Community Center volunteer, Mentor in Jay County Mentoring, Revolving Loan Committee, Portland Airport Board, 2012 Cincinnatus League Citizen of the Year, Cancer Walk and East Central Emmaus Community.
Surviving are his wife Carol, one son George Robert Stephens Jr. of Thornton, Co., step-son Roger Kain of Scottsdale, Az., two step daughters Mrs. Greg (Candi) Thorpe of San Jose, Ca. and Karen Royse of Fountain Hills, Az., Three grandchildren, three great grandchildren and six step grandchildren He was preceded in death by a son Michael Stephens and a daughter Susan Youngman
Memorial services will be held Friday May 25th at 10:00 A.M. in the Westchester United Methodist Church with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding. Family will receive guests from 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Westchester United Methodist Church or David Brent Miller Fund through the Portland Foundation. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.