John Stephens
June 07, 1939 - December 02, 2019
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
Resided In: Emerson, Iowa

Visitation 12/5/2019
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 12/6/2019
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Burial 12/6/2019
Emerson Cemetery

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Ronald “John” Stephens, age 80, of Emerson, Iowa, passed away Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. John was born June 7, 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of John and Helene (Stanek) Stephens. He graduated from South High School in 1958 and attended University of Nebraska at Omaha. He later completed schooling in computer programming. John was united in marriage to Bonnie Mattox on March 17, 1971 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They moved to Red Oak in 1972 where John worked for Lloyd Brower. They bought Johnny’s Steakhouse in 1981 and operated the business until 1986. They also had their own home improvement business during this time. They moved to Emerson in 1987 and ran Stephens and Son Home Improvement. John was a member of Emerson United Methodist Church. He loved music and the family had a band throughout the years. It was first named Almost Good and later Dirty John. He enjoyed watching boxing, loved boating, and spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks; however, his family was his pride and joy.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his grandson: Jamie Lyn Skalberg, Jr.; brother: Bob Stephens; and sister: Joyce Sojka. Survivors include his wife: Bonnie Stephens of Emerson, IA; children: Kelli Skalberg and husband Jamie Skalberg, Sr. of Emerson, IA; Babe Proctor and husband Denny of Emerson, IA; Gator Stephens and wife Melody of Emerson, IA; Rhonda Dugger of Omaha, NE; Lea Sullivan and husband Doug of Omaha, NE; and Lisa Delancey and husband Dan of Murray, NE; grandchildren: Spring Grieder and husband Michael of Emerson, IA; Lilly and Fletcher Proctor of Emerson, IA; Lorelei Stephens of Emerson, IA; Hannah Phillips and husband Keith, Michael Kampschneider, Derek Kampschneider and wife Andrea, Chris Dugger, Doug Sullivan, Jr., Leanne Sullivan, Rob Kush and wife Emily, Brad Delancey and wife Nicole, and Karmen Delancey all of Omaha, NE; many great and great great grandchildren; sisters: Pat Kraft and husband Don of Omaha, NE; Tootsie Sporcic of Florida; and Lori O’Connor of Omaha, NE; brother: Rick Stephens of Louisville, NE; brother-in-law: Ray Mattox and wife Donna of Arizona; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10 AM Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak, Iowa. Burial will be in the Emerson, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 5-7 PM Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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