John H. Stephens 1919-2014

NILES – John Henry Stephens, 94, died at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Commodore, Pa., on Dec. 21, 1919, the son of Albert F. and Mary R. Sides Stephens and moved to Ohio in 1956.

A graduate of Pine Township High School, Heilwood, Pa., he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

For many years, he was a laborer in the Pennsylvania coal mines, and then worked for American Welding, and retired in 1978 after working 15 years as a machinist at LTV Steel.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge, attended the New Hope United Methodist Church of Niles and was an active mason.

He served as a master of the Mahoning Lodge #394; high priest of the Niles Chapter #223 Royal Arch Masons; illustrius master of Niles Council #130 Royal and Select Masons; past commander of the Niles Commandry #79 Knights Templar; and past patron of the Ida McKinley Chapter #229 Order of Eastern Star.

He was a member of the Scottish Right Dalby of Youngstown 32nd Degree Mason and received the Knight of the York Cross of Honor for more than 50 years of membership.

John is survived by five children, John (Terri) Stephens of Liberty Center, Mary Wilbur of Frederick, Md., Charles (Barbara) Stephens of Bristolville, Sarah (Larry) Hoffman of Bristolville and Hope Thomas of Mineral Ridge; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Greg Stephens of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Martha Graham Stephens, whom he married March 23, 1941, and who died on Oct. 10, 2009; three sisters, June Good, Betty Davis and Helen Brown; three brothers, Glenn, Robert and William Stephens; and two sons-in-law, Thomas Wilbur and Jay Thomas.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. The funeral and masonic service will follow at 4 p.m. Rev. Curtis Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Kerr Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley.

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