VeteranJimmie Stephens

Jimmie StephensJimmie Ray Stephens, 76, of Beardstown died at 11:37 p.m. June 26, 2010, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born April 29, 1934, in Rushville, a son of Arthur R. and Elsie Inez Clements Stephens. He married Patsy Wessel McLain on June 1, 1974, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Tony McLain of Gifford and Tim McLain of Franklin; one daughter, Amy Hageman of Arenzville; one sister, Nancy (and Bob) Stauffer of Rushville; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold “Bud” Stephens; and one sister, Doris Schoonover.

He attended Rushville Schools, graduating from high school in 1953. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1957 with a teaching degree.

He served in the U.S. Army from Dec. 6, 1957, to Dec. 4, 1959, at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and then three years in inactive reserves.

He taught in Schuyler County serving schools in Camden, Brooklyn and Rushville Junior High and Rushville High School for 38 years. During this time, he worked part-time at J.C. Penney, Paul Stephen’s Clothing Store and Huss Men’s Wear. He purchased Gain Greenhouse in Rushville in the mid 1970s. After retiring from teaching, he worked at local grocery stores, most recently County Market in Rushville.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Mr. David Haney officiating. A private family inurnment will be held at Beardstown Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with military services conducted by the U.S. Army Honors Detail and Schuyler Post #4.

Memorials may be made to Schuyler County Humane Society.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/30/2010