Donald “Don” Wilfred Stephens, 71, of Spring Hill, Kan. passed away March 12, 2014 at Olathe Medical Center.
Don was born June 13, 1942 in rural Appleton City, Mo. to Donald and Florence (Ward) Stephens. He grew up in Jetmore, Kan., then moved to Kansas City, Mo. and settled in Spring Hill in 1974.
Don was a graduate of Ruskin Heights High School and served in the U.S. Air Force until 1964. He married Paula Marie Cady on Aug. 24, 1963 in Shawnee, Kan.
Don worked at Yellow Freight Trucking for 30 years and was a member of the Teamsters Union, Local 41. After retirement, Don mowed for Sycamore Ridge Golf Course in Spring Hill.
He was a member of Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Wea. Don was current Commander of American Legion Post 350, served on the Spring Hill Public Safety Advisory Board and the Fire District #1 Board of Directors. He had a long history of civic and community service including Mayor from 1991-1992, City Council Member and Council President from 1985-1991.
Don was an avid Jayhawks fan, he also enjoyed golfing, fishing and playing men’s softball. His family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the doctors and nursing staff of Olathe Medical Center. His loving family will miss him and will forever cherish his legacy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, James Maynard Stephens.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Paula Stephens and four children: Stephanie and husband Kent Stumfoll, of Lawrence, Kan., Susan and husband Bucky Mahnel, of Locust Grove, Va., Leslie and husband Brad Dozier, of Atlanta, Ga. and James Stephens, of Spring Hill; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren; sister, Dixie Demoret, of Clinton, Mo. and his aunt, Lucille Johannigmeier, of Appleton City, Mo.
In memory of Don’s loving and heroic spirit, his family will hold a Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m., March 19, 2014 at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, KS (913)592-2244. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Hill American Legion Post 350 or the Spring Hill Branch of the Johnson County Library. Condolences may be left at