Raymond Edgar Stevens of St. Pauls, North Carolina passed away October 3, 2012 at Kindred Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jessie May Norman Stevens and five children, Debra Lynn Stevens Stewart of St. Pauls, NC; Wayne David Stevens of Winnabow, NC; Eugene Leonard Stevens of San Diego, CA; Scott Raymond Stevens of Colorado Springs, CO; and Lorie Ellen Stevens Maxson of Broken Arrow, OK. Ray also leaves behind sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren and two more great-grandchildren due in 2013. He is also survived by a younger sister Lois May Stevens Kowalcik of Saginaw, MI. Ray’s quick wit, humor and devotion to his family made him loved by all. He loved being outdoors, loved people, children and animals. He is also survived by his beloved cat Gabby who got to spend one last time with him at the hospital.
Ray grew up in Caro, Michigan, the eldest son of the late Alvie Orr Stevens and Florence Mildred Convis Stevens. Ray is preceded in death by his brothers Eugene Clark, James David, Douglas Duane, Dale Luis and a sister Kathryn Marie Stevens Wilson. Ray grew up hunting, fishing, and trapping in the wilds of Michigan. He felt at home “in God’s Cathedral” under the canopy of trees. Raymond is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, where earned several medals, including the ARCOM (Army Commendation Metal) presented to him by General Westmoreland. He joined the army at the age of eighteen. Ray retired as a Sargent First Class after serving twenty-one years in the U.S. Army. He then joined the Border Patrol, he was stationed at San Ysidro, California where he served fifteen years and retired as a Criminal Investigator of U.S Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service. Ray had a total of thirty-six years of Federal service. Ray served his country as a true patriot with love and devotion to his country and the principles on which it was founded.
Per his request, Ray was cremated. Cremation was held at the Cremation Society of Oklahoma, in Tulsa Oklahoma. A service with Military Honors will be held at a later date.
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