Russell Stephens

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10/1/2008 14:00:00

10/2/2008 14:00:00

Russell Stephens, age 72, of Willard, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at the Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. He was born November 5, 1935 in Salyersville, KY to the late Lonni and Dora (Patrick) Stephens. He was a retired brakeman for the CSX Railroad in Willard, where his friends called him “Moses”. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Willard. Along with working on the railroad, he also like to hunt, fish, the Cleveland Indians and most of all spend time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby (Lykins) Stephens;6 daughters, Rhonda (Allan) Branscombe of Shelby, Joyce (Hito) Alonzo of Willard, Lisa (Tom) Ganka of Medina, Teresa Hall and friend Don Osborne of Ashland, Shelia (Danny) Rowe of Willard, Becky (Jackie) Slone of Willard; 2 sons, Johnny (Ollie) Stephens of Plymouth and Chris (Tammy) Stephens of Willard; 25 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; brother, Virgle Stephens and a sister, Lola Noble; several; nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lonni & Dora (Patrick) Stephens
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 1, 2008 from 2:00 P.M. on, at the Freewill Baptist Church in Willard, where the funeral service will be Thursday at 2:00 P.M., with Rev. Ron Parsons officiating. Burial will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Debbie Hendricks - May 16, 2009

Dear family of Russel Stephens,Your family was so blessed to have such a wonderful father,bless his soul for now he is in heaven,but his legacy will go on though his children,grand children. He was a very inspired man as a father and a believer in the lord above us,I was ever so honored to see this man love his wife and his children ever so much, you all are always in my thoughts and prayers

Lisa Janka - Oct 8, 2008

Dad I miss you so much! As each day passes I can still see you smiling and always being happy. I loved you much. And when we moved it was so hard to leave you and mom. Then you became ill and I felt helpless because I could not be there for you as much as I wanted to. I hated that. But I know we will see each other again and that you are not suffering anymore. You fought so hard and it was gods will for you to come home. You were the best and I want you back even if it’s for a little while longer. But I can’t question god and his will. I love you and miss you!
Love your daughter,

Ruby(Patrick)Best - Oct 5, 2008

Ruby and family,So sorry for your great loss.I know that you all will miss Russell.You all are in our prays and thoughts.

Bob (JR) Carpenter - Oct 4, 2008

My sympathy goes out to the family. In this time of sorrow. I know he will be missed. Please know tha he will always be in our hearts and dreams. God Bless All.

Jodi Henry - Oct 3, 2008

Rhonda, so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Jodi Henry and family

Cynthia Branham - Oct 2, 2008

I’m not sure you will remember me, but I worked with you for many years at Pioneer. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. I can only imagine how difficult it is. Please know that others care and share in your sorrow.
God Bless you,
Cynthia Branham

Tim and Jen Howard - Oct 2, 2008

We are very sorry to hear about Uncle Russell. We know he will surely be missed, but now has gone up to wait for the rest of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruby and the rest of the family at this difficult time. God Bless. With Love, Tim and Jen Howard

sondra newsome - Oct 2, 2008

Joyce and family really sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. If you need any thing please feel free to stop up. God bless you all.

Allen and Beth Lykins - Oct 1, 2008

Ruby and kids,
We extend our love and prayers to all of you at this time of mourning. We all loved Russell and I know that he will be missed greatly, but his memory and legacy will be carried on by the wonderful family that he leaves to carry on his spirit. Please remember that this is also a time to Celebrate as Russell has gone on to be with his lord and he suffers no more pain or sorrow. We love you and please know that you are in our hearts.
God Bless,
The Lykins Family

The Van Pelt Family - Oct 1, 2008

Ruby and Josh and Family
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Russel and you were good neighbors while we lived by you. Very sorry for your loss. Russel is in god’s world and better offf than all of us. May God be with you all at this time and bring you peace. Linda, Dustin ,Garry, Andrew, and Megan

Jackie Kohlhorst - Oct 1, 2008

Ruby and Family,
We wish to send you our sympathy in the loss of Russell. Evan enjoyed spending time with him at your home. He spoke very, very fondly of him over the years. He feels like you folks are family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
As ever, Jackie Kohlhorst and family (Evan, Abbi and Lindsay)

Mary and Lenny Branham - Oct 1, 2008

Ruby and family, We have heard so much about you and your family from beth and allen. We are so sorry about Russell.
Remembering the good times will keep him with you always.
Our prayers are with you and your family at this time .
Beths parents. Lenny and Mary Branham

TLC Home Health of Ohio - Oct 1, 2008

To The Family Of Russel;
We extend our deepest sympathy at this time of your sadness. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless…The Staff of TLC Home Health

Gina Lillo - Oct 1, 2008

Ruby and family…I extend my love & prayers to you at this time of sorrow. May God wrap his arms around you & comfort you during this time of sadness & may you know his peace that surpasses all understanding.
God Bless You,

amber,ally,cody,amy,kayla - Oct 1, 2008

we love you papaw!