John O. Stevens
GOODYEAR LAKE — John O. Stevens, 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.
He was born May 27, 1918, in Oneonta, the son of Charles Franklin and Marion (Offord) Stevens.
John graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1935, and started working at the family business, Stevens Hardware Store in Oneonta.
He then joined the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He became a POW when his plane was shot down in Switzerland. Returning from service, he continued working at the Stevens Hardware Store, where eventually became the proud owner, retiring two years ago.
John was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman. He was recognized by the Ruffled Grouse Society, Trout Unlimited and the Otsego County Conservation Alliance, for the support and stewardship in his contributions to the outdoor sports. He also enjoyed gardening and was proud of the outdoor space he created around his Goodyear Lake home.
He is survived by his children, Thomas C. and wife Carleen Stevens of Oneonta, William J. and wife Donna Stevens of Oneonta, and Francine and husband Bob Bailey of Oneonta; grandchildren, Matthew T. Stevens, Jennifer M. Sauvola, Adam J. Mitchell, Sarah M. Buffun, Shawna M. Stevens, Leah R. Hernandez, Jarrett M. Benjamin, Robert Bailey and Patricia M. “Micki” Bailey; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Jeanette Necrason and Patsy Baker; his former wife, Janet Chapman Stevens, the mother of his three children; his wife, Marilyn Foreman Stevens; and companion, Lois Kilpatrick.
Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the funeral service starting at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta, with the Rev. Henry Geerken, retired pastor of the West Davenport Free Baptist Church, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery.
Donations may be made in loving memory of John to the Goodyear Lake Association Inc., P.O. Box 62, Colliersville, NY 13747 or the Milford Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 359, Milford, NY 13807.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.lhpfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.