CPO John Raulston Stephenson


CPO John Raulston Stephenson

Oak Cliff, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Death 24 Dec 2013 (aged 79)
Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas, USA
Burial Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas, USA
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CPO John Raulston Stephenson, USCG Ret.
July 24, 1934 - December 24, 2013

CPO John Raulston Stephenson, USCG Ret, 79, of Hillsboro passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013 in Hillsboro. The son of Claude and Ora Stephenson, John was born July 24, 1934 and raised in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas.

He attended Sunset High School and joined the Marines at the age of 17. He served his country in the Korean War. After his discharge from the Marines, John met Gene Moore of Hillsboro when she almost hit him with her car at a hamburger drive-in in Dallas. They were married on February 4, 1956.

Missing the military life, John joined the Coast Guard and served on various ships and lighthouses until his retirement from the service in 1973. His job led he and his family to live in many different places, such as New Orleans, Alabama, Alaska, and Boston. John was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for several years in the 1960's. He worked on a Loran station, which was crucial to ocean navigation in the days before GPS.

Preceding him in death were his parents and beloved wife, Gene.

Survivors include his son, Johnny Stephenson and wife, Sheila; daughter Amy Stephenson; grandson Chris Stephenson and wife, Heather; grand-daughter Jessica Stephenson; and six great-grandsons: Cameron, Jack, Max, Nate, Logan, and Luke.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro.

Burial will follow at Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday, January 3, 2014, at the funeral home.

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