Wilbur R Stephenson
EAA 1259

About:  Wilbur Richard "BUZZ" Stephenson

He was born on March 4, 1923 in Midland Michigan to Wilbur T. and Lena (Carl) Stephenson. He served in the US Army.He married the former Betty L. Heckerthorn on June 17, 1944. She preceded him in death in 1990. He attended Parks Air College in St.Louis, Missouri, obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering, and became a licensed pilot in 1944. As an avid pilot Buzz built 3 experimental aircrafts. He was an award-winning home builder/wood worker. Buzz had been coming to the Grayling area since 1923. He worked at Dow Chemical for 30 years at Midland & Ludington, Michigan and Findlay, Ohio. He moved to the Grayling area after retiring from the Ludington plant in 1978. He married Loraine Gearhart on Sept 12, 1992 at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Grayling. He is survived by his wife Lori .

Son: James ‘Jamie’ Richard (Jacolyn) Stephenson of Findlay, Ohio
Daughters: Sandra Lou Stephenson of Dawsonville, Georgia
Sally Lyn (Steven) Siferd of Findlay, Ohio
9 Grandchildren and 3 Great grandchildren
Brother: Edward (Frances) of Midland, Michigan
Upon marrying Lori, they added family members Roxanne, Rodny, Ronda, Leanne, & Michael as well as 17 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He also left many special friends in 3 EAA Chapters, especially EAA Chapter 1259 in Houghton Lake.