April 4, 1949 - July 26, 2020
Robert L. “Bob” Stephens. 71, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 26, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born on April 4, 1949 at Mineral Springs Hospital in Louisiana to Russell E. and Evelyn M. DeWeese Stephens. From an early age, music was a very important part of Bob’s life. As a self-taught musician, he could play a variety of instruments, but his passion was the guitar. He was a mentor and an influence to many aspiring guitarists and musicians throughout the area. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 8th at the Fairview Cemetery near Louisiana, MO. The Rev. David Rubemeyer will officiate. A Celebration of Life memorial for friends and family following the service will be held at the American Legion in Louisiana, MO at 12:30 P.M. On April 21, 1972 in Louisiana, he married Lorraine Raney. They celebrated 48 years of life, love, music, and family. They have one son, Robert E. (Amber) Stephens of Clarksville, MO. Besides playing music and enjoying fellowship with other musicians, Bob most loved spending time with his grandchildren, Evan & Greer Stephens of Kirksville, MO, and Camille & Dylan Stephens of Clarksville, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a nephew Stephen, and other close friends and fellow musicians. He is survived by his wife, his son, his grandchildren, his brother, Russell G. (Julie) Stephens, his sister, Vickie B. Lilley, and his sister in-law, Barb (Wes) Elliott of Louisiana, MO, along with his nieces and nephews, Rick Stephens, Susan (David) Rubemeyer, Linda (David) Parr, Ed (Jean) Stephens, April (Chris) Newland, Scott (Ashley) Elliott, Tom (Charlotte) Lilley, and Mike (Barbara) Lilley. Bob worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Missouri Department of Conservation for 37 years. Unknown to many, he had an interest in sketching and woodworking. Above all else, he will forever be remembered for his extraordinary talent as a guitarist. His musical legacy spanned more than 57 years. What started with best friends in a garage, led to 32 years of Cranberry Jam. Bob had No Regret for all the hours spent playing music. “Today’s music ain’t got the same soul” and he liked the old-time rock and roll. “Beyond the door there’s peace I’m sure, and I know there will be no more tears in heaven”. Memorials may be made to the David C. Pratt Cancer Center on Ballas Rd. in St. Louis, MO or to the donor’s choice.
Robert L. “Bob” Stephens. 71, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 26, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born on April 4, 1949 at Mineral Springs Hospital in Louisiana to Russell E. and Evelyn M. DeWeese Stephens. From an... View Obituary & Service Information
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