Howard C. Stephenson

Obituary for Howard C. Stephenson

November 17, 1925 - August 12, 2021
Zeeland, Michigan | Age 95

Obituary

Howard Stephenson, 95, of Zeeland went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

He was born November 17, 1925, in Zeeland, to John and Christina (Hoeve) Stephenson. He graduated from Zeeland High School and served his country during WWII. Howard served in the U.S. Army 75th Infantry, including the Battle of the Bulge. Howard worked in the family business Stephenson Construction until 1971, then worked at FMB until his retirement. He was a lifelong member of North Street Christian Reformed Church. Howard was also an active community member and served on the Zeeland City Council, and Zeeland Board of Public Works.

He was preceded in death by his grandson Craig Stephenson in 1985, and his wife of 68 years, Myrl Jean Stephenson in 2015, and his siblings: Alvin, Hazel Sterken, John Jr., and Harold.

He is survived by his children: Michael (Donna), Christy (James Lytle), Bradley (Linda) and Ann (David) Geenen; his grandchildren: Brian Stephenson, Nathan (Alison) Ruch, Jordan (Patricia) Ruch, Emily (Jonathan) Helder, and Miriam Geenen; ten great grandchildren; his sister Maxine (Ed) Jousma, sisters-in-law: Lois "Babe" DeWeerdt Johnson, Elaine Boes, and many extended family.

A private family graveside service with military honors will be held at Zeeland Cemetery, with Rev. Mark Stephenson officiating. A celebration of Howard's life will be held in September at North Street CRC. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland.

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Zeeland, MI 49464
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