Ethan M. Stephens

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1609 S. Conwell Ave. Willard OH 44890 10/5/2014 14:00:00

1609 S. Conwell Ave. Willard OH 44890 10/6/2014 13:00:00

Ethan M. “Superman” Stephens, age 23, of Plymouth, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo from injuries sustained in an automobile accident that occurred on Monday, September 29, 2014. He was born on October 31, 1990 to Erica (Stover) Hintz and Clay Stephens in Willard, Ohio. He was a 2010 graduate of Willard High School and currently a Private First Class in the US Marine Corps stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Ethan was working on becoming a certified personal trainer with hopes of opening a fitness center with one of his best friends. Ethan was a great young man, with a huge heart, beautiful dazzling eyes and the biggest smile. He was a devoted friend to the end.
He is survived by his mother, Erica and Tom Hintz of Plymouth; father, Clay Stephens of Plymouth; brothers, Seth Stephens of Willard; and Jarred and Austin Hintz of Plymouth; sisters, Jerrica Stephens of Plymouth; and Jessica Hintz of Plymouth; 3 nieces, Aubree, Kaylee and Ashlyn; maternal grandparents, Merle and Sherry Gibson of Willard; paternal grandparents, Claudine Dye of Willard; and Charles Stephens of Plymouth; step grandparents, Gerald and Jeannette Hintz of Willard; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
Friends may call on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 2:00-6:00PM at the Christian Alliance Church in Willard where the funeral service will be held at on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Reverend Bart McKelvey officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Program or the Christian Alliance Church. Online condolences are encouraged for the family at


Peggy Opatken - Oct 6, 2014

I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy about the passing away of Ethan. He is our boys’ age and my heart goes out to all the family. I taught Ethan in 8th grade and thought he was a great kid. We knew Seth because he is a friend of ERic and Doug. My thoughts are with you….

Kelly - Oct 5, 2014

I’m so sorry for your loss…many prayers for All of you through this difficult time. And we pray that God wraps his arms around all of you and gives you the strength and courage in the days to come … Kelly, Lexia, Athelia and Ashlyn

- Oct 5, 2014

“Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.”
PFC Stephens, received his orders on 01 OCT 14 and has reported for Duty.
Semper Fidelis

John Risner - Oct 4, 2014

There are no words to measure the loss of your son. The country lost a great Marine this week. The loss is shared by more than you’ll ever know. My sincerest and heartfelt condolences to you Clay, my best friend from High School, and Erica.

D... - Oct 4, 2014

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we loved deeply becomes part of us”…. Helen Keller..

William Kline - Oct 4, 2014

My prayers and sympathy are with all of you.

Joanna Jonas Welker - Oct 4, 2014

Clay and family, I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. I know the pain is horrible, but it will get better. Know he is in a better place and watching over you all. I am sure you are are a proud father. Ethan thank you for your service.

Jen and Chris Bilger - Oct 3, 2014

So sorry about your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Shelly Huskey - Oct 3, 2014

From one Marine Mom to another you have my sincere condolences. May the Lord grant your family strength and peace at this time. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Marine

Sally Brown - Oct 3, 2014

Thank you for your dedication to our country through your son’s service. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sandi Barnett - Oct 3, 2014

Sending prayer and strength to help you through these terrible days.So sorry to hear of your precious loss.

Roger & Diane Stephens - Oct 3, 2014

Clay, Erica, Tom, Seth, Jerrica and the rest of the Stephens and Hintz family we are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. Ethan thank you so much for being our nephew and serving our country. We love and will miss you. I will be flying up from Florida this Saturday.

Deb Briggs - Oct 3, 2014

Erica I’m not sure if you remember me or not but you had a Pampered Chef party with me quite a few years ago and I think you even may have sold for a while! My heart aches for you…..I am a Marine mom as well, my son is a Marine! God obviously needed one of the “Few Good Men”. What a blessing he was home for 20 days and you got to spend time with him. Know you are wrapped in prayers by your Marine Corp family and many others. You are in my daily prayers! Hang in there!

Mike & Teresa Neel - Oct 3, 2014

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family in this time of loss. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for the loss of your son. God has received another angel, and he will be watching over your family. We will continue to pray for you and your family during these trying times. God Bless All Of You!

Lou Whitmire - Oct 2, 2014

I started to cry in the newsroom when I heard your son had died. I am a mother and I cannot express how sad I am for your family to lose such a bright young man. Your Ethan is no doubt in heaven.
My condolences, Lou Whitmire, Mansfield

Bernadette Johnson - Oct 2, 2014

mu heart breaks, you and your family are all in my prayers.

Joni Polachek - Oct 2, 2014

So very sorry for your loss

Cindy Hamons - Oct 2, 2014

I’m so sorry that you guys had to go through this. I can’t even imagine the pain all you must be going through. I will continue to pray for peace for your family.

Pastor Doc & Sheila Burrows - Oct 2, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Lean on the Lord for His strength to get you through these tough days. In God’s Love,

susan karl - Oct 2, 2014

I am so sad to hear of your loss. I was ethans preschool teacher at kindernest and he was a very sweet little boy. what a handsome young man he became.

Stacey Lover (Kilgore) - Oct 2, 2014

Just wanted to give my condolences to Ethan’s family,especially my cousin Clay Stephens. I can not imagine the pain you are feeling right now Clay. So sorry you are going through this.

Joanie Ebert - Oct 2, 2014

So sorry for your loss! I know how proud you are of all your children! Please know he is now in heaven and smiling again! Please take care! Joanie Ebert

Lisa Weaver - Oct 2, 2014

My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of an American Hero. We, too are a Marine Family and have been praying for you. May you experience the blessing and peace of God to comfort you during your time of loss. Semper Fidelis.

BARB JONES - Oct 2, 2014


Matt and Rene McClain - Oct 2, 2014

So sorry for your loss. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers.

Huertas - Oct 2, 2014

So sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the Lord. Praying for your family from PA.

Patricia Kent - Oct 2, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss and pray that the Lord gives you strength and peace.
We are also a Marine family and have been praying for you and your Son.
George and Pat Kent

Ann Brostek - Oct 2, 2014

Erica and Family, We are so very, very sorry for your loss of an American Hero. We are also a Marine Family, we have been praying for Ethan and all of you since we heard the news on Monday. May you find peace and comfort in the Lord. Continued prayers for all of you

Nicole Jones - Oct 2, 2014

Ethan was an amazing young man, who you knew was special when you met him. His smile said it all. Ethan touched so many lives in someway, as seen all over. Our hearts break for all of you. May God be with each and everyone of you through this most difficult time.

Marissa - Oct 2, 2014

Stephans family,
We are all deeply sadened by the loss of your son. He was a true hero and I wish I was able to thank him for his service. You raised a great man and if there is anything you guys need feel free to ask! You are all in out prayers xoxo

tina - Oct 2, 2014

RIP marine follow the light into heavens gate prayers an hugs to his family thank u for your son service to his country from a marine mom in PA

anonymous - Oct 2, 2014

As a Marine Mom, you and your family are in my heart and prayers.
Semper Fidelis

Gary and rose pittenger - Oct 2, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. A young man was taken too soon. My heart breaks for the family. Praying for all of you. Rest in peace Ethan.

anonymous - Oct 2, 2014

As part of the Marine family, You all are in my prayers. Semper Fidelis

stefanie ankney - Oct 2, 2014

Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Being a marine mom this is the last thing you think about happening to your son. God needed a new angel a new warrior and the marines are the world’s finest. He will be always looking down on you and your family protecting from above. You will ALWAYS be a MoM…when your son earned the title you got a new family. May god be with you at this time. Semper Fi from northwest obio

Sheila and Matt Krakower - Oct 2, 2014

Our hearts are heavy for your loss. Please know that your Marine family grieves with you. Your son will never be forgotten.

Sue Ellen Chapman - Oct 2, 2014

Dear Family,
My Son is currently at PI becoming a Marine. I cannot even imagine the pain you are experiencing. As a parent my heart is absolutely breaking for you all. I will pray for strength and endurance for all. As apart of the Marine Corps family…….Thank you for your Son’s service to to our great country.
Sue Ellen Chapman
Barboursville WV
Sue Ellen Chapman
Barboursville, WV

Nancy Gregory - Oct 2, 2014

My heart breaks for your family, I am praying for you all as you deal with your pain. As the daughter of a Marine and the grandmother of a RCT at Pharris Island right now I cannot begin to understand what your family is going through. Please know we are praying for you and there is no doubt heaven has a new guardian angel.

Kirk Holthouse - Oct 2, 2014

My deepest sympathy to the families of Ethan. Know that he was loved by his classmates. We enjoyed watching him play football so much. He will remembered for sure and missed by many. Kind Regards to his parents and all his family.

Chuck and Kara Tedesco - Oct 2, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. We pray for Comfort Health and Healing. God Bless
Chuck and Kara Tedesco- Baltimore Maryland

The Burnette family - Oct 2, 2014

May The Lord cover you with peace and comfort during this time.Ethan’s story has touched so many lives.All of your Marine family grieves with you for your loss. Please know our prayers will continue for you and your family.Take comfort in knowing Jesus said he would never leave you nor forsake you.Deut..31:6

Cynthia Lewellen Branham - Oct 2, 2014

It is so very hard to understand why one is taken so young, especially such a good guy like Ethan. God must have needed a good Marine. I can only imagine the pain and sorrow you all are going through. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. May God in His mercy grant all of you comfort and peace.
Cynthia (Lewellen) and Dennis Branham,
Jennifer Branham,
Summertown, Tennessee

Debbie Oney - Oct 2, 2014

Erica and the rest of Ethan’s family. May you find peace knowing that you raised a special son and Marine. I know there is nothing that I can say or do that will heal your pain. I’m so very thankful that you have your faith.
Debbie Oney

Candi - Oct 2, 2014

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. May God comfort you through this.
My daughter is a Marine and I have a son about to graduate high school. My heart aches for your family.