Donald E. Stevens

Donald E. Stevens, of Ridgefield, died on October 23, while convalescing at Filosa Nursing Home.  Don was born 1/10/1925 in Elmhurst, IL the youngest of four children to Earl and Gladys Stevens.  He joined the Marine Corp directly out of high school in 1943and served in the South Pacific as radio repairman.  He was discharged in 1945 as a staff sergeant and went on to attend Purdue University graduating with a degree in electrical engineering.  At school he was president of his fraternity Delta Chi.  While at Purdue he met his wife, Helen I. Watkins and they were married March 1950.  Upon graduation he was employed with IBM, and for 31 years he worked in the Field Service Division.  IBM promoted Don steadily, ultimately sending  him through the Program of Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business.  They relocated many times throughout the New England area, as their expanding family grew to five children. 

Stevens took early retirement in 1980 due to health reasons and pursued his love of woodworking, running his own business from their Farmingville Rd. home for the next 29 years.

Through the years he was a member of the Charles Pope Choristers, the Ridgefied Rangers  and the  Ridgefield Men’s Club , recently becoming an honorary member. He also conducted chair caning  classes with Max Caldwell, to raise funds for the Historical Society.

Don is survived by his wife, Helen, sons Gary and (Christena) Stevens of Rochester, NY, Craig and (Renee) Stevens of  Saranac Lake, NY, Mark and (Darlene) Stevens of Tacoma, WA,  his daughter, Susan Thompson of Clinton, CT, and many grand children.  He has one surviving sister, Marilyn Miller, of Hot Springs, AK.

Don’s son, Jeffrey Allen Stevens, third of his five children, died of cancer in 1993.

A memorial service will be held at the Ridgefield Congregational Church on Sat., Nov. 7, at 2 pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Ridgefield Public Library or to Social Services, Ridgefield Food Pantry, 400 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.

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