Donald Stephan

December 3, 1922 - March 21, 2020
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Donald M. Stephan, 97, a life resident of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully in the Community Hospice Truman House at New Philadelphia on March 21, 2020.

Born in New Philadelphia on December 3, 1922, he was the son of the late Carl and Erma (Mathias) Stephan.

After he completed his formal education, he hon…

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Donald M. Stephan, 97, a life resident of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully in the Community Hospice Truman House at New Philadelphia on March 21, 2020.

Born in New Philadelphia on December 3, 1922, he was the son of the late Carl and Erma (Mathias) Stephan.

After he completed his formal education, he honorably served his country in the United State Army, where he served as a staff sergeant during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, along with many other awards and medals during his time of service.

Don’s professional career spanned more than 30 years with the former Babcock and Wilcox in Canton, retiring as a heavy equipment operator.

Don was a member of the First United Church of Christ in New Philadelphia and a life member of the Tuscarawas VFW.

He is survived by his children, Todd (Terry) Stephan of New Philadelphia, Dan (Joyce) Stephan of Dover, and Gary Stephan of New Philadelphia; grandchildren, Joe (Jennifer) Stephan and Mike Stephan, Nicole (Companion, Bill Angione) Stephan, Amanda Stephan, Joni (Dave) Homan, Tom (Kera) Ackerman and Aaron and Alaina Fisher; great-grandchildren, Penelope and Julia Stephan, and Anna Kate and Claire Lauren Ackerman; and siblings, Carol Watson, Dean (Sue) Stephan and Steve Stephan, all of New Philadelphia. Numerous nieces and nephews complete the family.

In addition to his parents, Don has been reunited with his beloved Belva, who preceded him in passing on January 25, 2006; his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Dianne Ackerman; and siblings, Polly Dinger, Joy Morris, Glenda Prillwitz, and Wayne Stephan.

A private family graveside service will be held in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia with Pastors Jeff Gerber and Jill Lovett officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date. We encourage friends and family of the Stephan family to uphold them in prayer and share loving memories with them by sending a card, making a call, or visiting the funeral home website at www.GeibCares.com.

Memorial contributions in memory of Don are suggested to the First United Church of Christ, 201 Fair Ave., NW, PO Box 422, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

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Evergreen Burial Park

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1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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A private family graveside service will be held in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia.


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First United Church of Christ

PO Box 422
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Born: December 3, 1922
Died: March 21, 2020

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Rebecca J Chenevey posted on 3/24/20

Dear family of Donald Stephan, i was sorry to read of your Fathers passing. it is always hard to lose a parent. i am wondering if you remember me and my family. We lived on Delaware Dr. back in the day. George and Hazel Pringle, Larry, Becky and Mark. i have wonderful memories from living in that neighborhood, Becky Pringle Chenevey

 

Robert5 L Mathias posted on 3/24/20

With deepest sympathy to the Stephan family. Bob and Cindy Mathias

 

Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum posted on 3/24/20

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Donald M. Stephan, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Donald M. Stephan, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

Steve and Elaine Stropky posted on 3/23/20

We are sincerely sorry for your loss. It is hard to loose a loved one, especially a parent. Our prayers are with you and your family.

 

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