Charles W. Stephenson, 80, of 807 Allegheny Ave. Oil City, died peacefully at home on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Born Dec. 25, 1932 in Sharon, he was the son of the late George W. Stephenson and I. Marie Henshaw Stephenson.
He graduated from Ridgway High School. A veteran of the United States Army, he was a Corporal serving from March 26, 1953 until March 23, 1955 and had received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
On Feb. 4, 1956 he was married to the former Mary Jo DeStefano in St. Leo’s Church in Ridgway and she survives.
Mr. Stephenson worked as a crew chief for National Fuel Gas Co. and retired in 1993 after 43 years of service with the company.
He was a member of St. Stephen’s Church, the Oil City Izaak Walton and a former member of the Oil City K of C. He was a handyman, and could always be found tinkering in the basement or working on something for somebody.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was always with his kids or grandkids. He was a master at Flint Lock.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Jerry Stephenson and his wife Liz of Oil City, Julie Kelley and her husband Joseph of California, Mary Jane Verhoff and her husband Jeff of Oil City, Jeff Stephenson of Oil City, and Suzanne Vavala and her husband Dino of Warren; 10 grandchildren, Matt and Brett Stephenson, Savanah Goodwin and her husband Chris, Morgan Kelley, Kurt, Samantha Horne, Jonathan Verhoff, Renee Stephenson, Jennifer Douglas and Angelina Vavala; two step-grandchildren, James and Nina Vavala; two great-grandchildren, Kyle Horne and Ellie Goodwin; one brother, Robert (Bob) Stephenson and his wife Sharyn of Oil City; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles W. Stephenson will be celebrated at 11 a.m.. Friday, Dec. 20 in St. Stephen’s Church with Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, Pastor, presiding.
Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Stephen’s School 214 Reed St., Oil City, PA, St. Stephen’s Church , 210 Reed St. Oil City, PA 16301or to the Oil City Chapter of the Izaak Walton P.O. Box 551 Seneca, PA 16346
The family wishes to acknowledge the VNA Hospice and the Asera Care Hospice for their Care.551 Seneca, PA 16346.