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Howard Dean Stephens - March 04, 2011


Howard Dean Stephens was born on May 27, 1934 in Grant, Neb. He was the oldest of two sons born to Howard and Marguerite Yenne Stephens.
The family lived in Venango, Neb. when Dean graduated from Venango High School in 1952. Dean attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he graduated in 1958 with a degree in civil engineering.
Dean was married to Shirley Perlette of Grant in 1955 and they enjoyed over 55 years of married life. After his graduation from college, Dean entered the U.S. Army, entering as a 2nd Lt. ROTC. He served two years with the Army Corps of Engineers and after his discharge, he stayed active with the Army Reserves for six years, achieving the rank of captain.
In 1960, he resumed his employment with the U.S. Geological Survey in Lincoln. In 1966 the family was transferred to Ord, Neb. where Dean remained employed by the government geological survey program.
Dean and Shirley were very active in the Ord United Methodist Church and later Northern Hills Church in San Antonio.
Dean served as the president of the Rotary Club in Ord and served on the city’s planning commission. He was a member of the Ord Masonic Lodge #103 A.F. and A.M. where he served as the Worthy Master. He was also a Scottish Rite 32nd degree Mason. He was active in the Eastern Star, serving as the Worthy Patron, both in Ord and San Antonio.
Dean and Shirley moved to San Antonio in 1982 where he was the sub-district assistant chief with the Geological Survey. He retired in 1995 after 37 years, rarely missing a day of work.
Dean had developed a malignancy and had been in failing health when he died on Friday, March 4, 2011 surrounded by his family at his home in San Antonio. He had reached the age of 76.
Dean enjoyed spending time with his family. So much, that most vacation time was spent visiting his children and relatives. He always enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball, and Nebraska Cornhusker football. He loved being out of doors and was probably happiest when he was hunting pheasants in Nebraska.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; one daughter Sharon and husband Robert Benavides of San Antonio; two sons, Doug and wife Barbara of Edmond, Okla. and Brad and wife DeAnn of Overland Park, Kan; five grandchildren, Alyssa and husband Todd Meyers, Jennifer, Nicholas, Grant, and Brock Stephens; one great-grandson, Braxton Meyers; his brother Jerry and wife Joanne Stephens of Olathe, Kan.; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Ford of Madrid; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Chuck Rager officiating.
Burial will be in the Grant Fairview Cemetery with a flag presentation by Perkins County Veterans.
A memorial to the church has been established.
The family will meet friends from 5 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.