W. Frederick Stevens
SIDNEY — W. Frederick Stevens (Fred) of Sidney, 67, departed this life on Sept. 7, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz., after a long but frustrated battle with several cancers, complications of exposure to Agent Orange wounds suffered in Vietnam.
Fred was born on 6 Nov. 1945, in Troy, to Marjorie Wendler Stevens (born, 1 May 1915, Watervliet, died, 20 Dec. 2008) and William Parsons Stevens (born, 28 Sept. 1914, Norwich, died, 11 May 2003), both formerly of Sidney, Castleton and Troy.
Fred was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Michelle; and son, Scott.
He is survived by his adopted son, Andrew of Greene; brother, Robert and sister-in-law Carol of Littleton, Mass.; sister, Sue and brother-in-law Robert Larsen of Averill Park; nephew, Mark Larsen of Rochester; niece, Ann Larsen Roberts and husband Jason of Averill Park; nephew, Lawrence and wife Patricia; with grandniece and grandnephew, Natalie and Benjamin of Framingham, Mass.; niece, Stephanie Stevens of Nashua, N.H.; and many cousins.
He grew up in Sidney, graduating from SHS in 1963, attended Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, earned his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Cornell University in 1968, and was drafted then enlisted into the Army in 1968, after a short Professional Boy Scouting tour in Mayville.
He served in the Army Signal Corps in Vietnam (1969 to 1970), where he received two Purple Hearts, Army Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Good Conduct Medal and where he earned a USARV Direct Commission from Sergeant to Second Lieutenant in May 1970, was reassigned as a Forward Area Signal Platoon Leader on LZ Bayonet in Americal (23rd Infantry) Division.
Following relief from Active Duty in 1972, he stayed in the Army Reserve Signal Corps until his retirement as Lieutenant Colonel in 1992. He never quite recovered from his Vietnam injuries and suffered from ill health for many years prior to his death.