Jack Stephenson 1929-2020
Jackie “Jack” Doyle Stephenson, 91, of Smithville, Mo., formerly of Holton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospice House with family by his side.
He was born June 2, 1929, in Onaga, the son of Roy Edward and Eula Frances (Burdett) Stephenson.
Jack graduated from Onaga High School in 1948. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951-1953. He worked for United Telephone, retiring in 1984 after 34 years as test board supervisor.
He was a member of the First Christian Church, American Legion Post 44, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Holton Saddle Club and Elk Creek Sam’s Camping Club, all in Holton. Jack had a love for horses; in early years, Jack had a farm east of Holton.
Jack married Anna Jean Bolls on Dec. 22, 1950, in Onaga. They celebrated more than 70 years of marriage.
Survivors include his wife, Anna, of the home; a daughter, Celinda Smith of Manhattan; two sons, Robert L. Stephenson (Carla) of Westmoreland and James Stephenson of Smithville, Mo.; a brother, Gary Stephenson (Joyce) of Lawrence; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jon Stephenson.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2 in Holton Cemetery. Jack will lie in state beginning Wednesday, Dec. 30 through Friday, Jan. 1 until 5 p.m. each day at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton.
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