William “Reid” Stephens of Bourbon, Missouri was born on Monday, February 4, 1924 in Hinch, Missouri to Mont Homer and Mamie Frances (Wymer) Stephens and passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the age of 96 years, 10 months and 11 days.
Reid graduated from Bourbon High School in 1942.
In March of 1943 he was inducted into the United States Army where he served and fought during World War II.
In February of this year, he was awarded The Order of The Crown, the second highest Belgian Order Of Knighthood for his outstanding service during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He was a machine gunner with the 23rd Armored Infantry Battalion of the 7th Armored Division and fought with his fellow soldiers to hold back a German offensive that threatened to break the Allied lines. His platoon stayed back to provide rearguard security for his battalion and this cost him his freedom as he was taken as a prisoner of war by the German army. After his release and honorable discharge from the Army, he attended Moler Barber School in St. Louis and was the local barber in Bourbon for 42 years. Reid’s Barber Shop was known as “A Good Place to get clipped.”
In August of 1947 he married his first wife Lucille Mildred (Eaton) Stephens.
Reid married Alice Richardson on July 1, 1972 in Bourbon, Missouri and celebrated 48 years together this past summer.
He was an avid fisherman. He was very active in his church and taught Sunday School for over 20 years. Reid and Alice attended 1st Southern Baptist Church of Leasburg, Missouri in recent years as his health allowed. He was also a member of the Bourbon American Legion for 75 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Mamie Stephens; parents-in-law, Herb and Tessie (Oliver) Eaton and William and Eula (Denney) Richardson; son, William Ronald Stephens; brothers, Virgil Stephens, Jim (Lee) Stephens and Clarence (Rose) Stephens; sister-in-law, Ida Thom; and brothers-in-law William Herman Richardson, Lawrence Ray and Franklin (Terry) Richardson.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Stephens of Bourbon, Missouri; children, Mike (Donna) Stephens of Bourbon, Missouri, Roberta Ellen (Robert “Bob”) Kimball of St. James, Missouri and Alice (Ron) Dowler of Rolla, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Donna Stephens of Blue Springs, Missouri; sister, Florence Ray of Republic, Missouri; nine grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
There was a private family service on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 with Bro. Terry King and Bro. Mike King officiating.
Burial was at the Crossroads Cemetery in Leasburg, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.