Don F. Stevens

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Services for Don F. Stevens, 81, Sulphur, were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Faith Center Church officiated by Pastor Jerry Lemley. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home of Sulphur. A military service was conducted by the U.S. Air Force Honors Team. Don was born September 10, 1936 in Midland, Texas to Austin Leslie and Virginia Lee (Cook) Stevens. He passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Sulphur at the age of 81 years, 11 months and 25 days. His family moved to Sulphur in 1952. He attended Sulphur High School, graduating in 1955. Don was married to Zelda Lee (Aubrey) Stevens in Sulphur, on June 2, 1956. He served in the United States Air Force at Altus and Travis Air Force Bases. Don attended Cameron College in Lawton, graduating with an Associate’s Degree. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1967, becoming the first in his family to obtain a college degree. After working for several Agricultural concerns in Oklahoma and Kansas, including his own cow-calf operation north of Sulphur, Don owned and operated Grider Implement Company in Davis for a number of years before retiring. In his retirement he traveled with Zelda, engaged in business part time and spent time with family and friends. A committed Christian, he died with the certainty of a life after death. Don was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Jon Stevens. He is survived by his wife of 62years, Zelda Stevens, of Sulphur; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard Stevens and Peggy Stockwell, of Norman; two grandchildren, Michael Stevens and Elizabeth Stevens, both of Norman and extended family and many friends. The family wishes to thank the staff of the palliative care unit of the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City, especially Linda, Pam and Dr Bray-Hall, and the staff of Victory Hospice, especially Gaylene and Sarah, for their expert care and attention to Don in his final illness. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society and the USO. Online condolences may be sent to

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