Former Morton resident Cape Coral resident Robert David Stephenson, 86, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Treasure Coast Hospice in Fort Pierce, Fla. He was born on April 22, 1927, in Mackinaw, Ill., the only child of George and Gladys Stephenson.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, earning a Victory Medal and Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal. He met his beautiful wife, Dorothy Ann Morris, in Morton, Ill., and they were married on Oct. 8, 1949. They resided in Morton until 1973, and then relocated to Cape Coral, where they lived for 40 years.
He was a carpenter and general contractor, working in many aspects of commercial and residential construction throughout his career. He was a member of the Morton, Ill., VFW, a private pilot and aviation enthusiast, having built his own airplane. He was a member of the Quiet Birdman fraternal organization and Experimental Aircraft Organization. He was also a saxophone player in a jazz band.
Robert David Stephenson
Mr. Stephenson is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Peg (Dale) Purcell; son, John (Jennifer) Stephenson; grandchildren, Robert (Sara) Purcell, Karen Purcell, Randi Stephenson, Wiley Stephenson and Quinn Stephenson; and great-grandchildren Mara, Christian, Alyssa, Owen, Brogan and Nathen.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at Fuller-Metz Funeral Home in Cape Coral. uneral services will be held at 1 p.m. with entombment immediately following at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Treasure Coast Hospice.
Visit www.fullermetz.com to leave a condolence for the family.