Stephens, Ralph J., Bridgeport, Michigan

Passed away Monday, October 8, 2012, at Covenant Harrison. Age 86 years. The son of the late Ida (Voight) and Paul Stephens was born July 15, 1926 in Bay City, Michigan. He married Wanda L. Koehn, June 25, 1954. His wife of 58 years survives him. He served with the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII and was a member of Ames United Methodist Church. He owned and operated Stephens Tile Co. for many years. Surviving besides his wife, Wanda, are three children and their spouses, Paula and George King, Bridgeport, MI; Linda Russell, Arkansas; David Stephens, Saginaw, MI; a son-in-law, Gene Miller, Merrill, MI; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Shantel and Dennis Revard; Kelsa and Michael Dickie; Trista and Luke Gilbert; Paul and Stephanie Russell; Jaime Williams; John Russell; Joshua Russell; Dustin and Abbe Miller; Garrick Miller and Kyle Miller; 9 great grandchildren; one sister and one brother and their spouses, Elaine and Doug Faircloth; Arthur and Joann Stephens; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. A daughter, Barbara Miller, and two brothers, Bob and Elmer Stephens have predeceased him. The funeral service will take place on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Ames United Methodist Church, 801 State St., Saginaw. Rev. Mark A. Karls will officiate with burial in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 5700 Dixie Hwy., from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday and then at the Church from noon Friday until the time of the funeral service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Ames United Methodist Church.