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Robert Louis Stephens
  • October 10, 1934
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  • May 31, 2017

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Robert Louis Stephens, 82. passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017. surrounded by his family and friends. Robert was born October 10, 1934 to Oral and Naomi (Harris) Stephens in Big Lost Creek area of Samaria, Kentucky, the youngest of 2 children. He graduated from Wurtland High School, Kentucky.

 

After high school, Robert served in the United States Air Force.

 

Robert (Bob) touched many lives as he worked and served in many different positions. Bob devoted several years to working at Forest Lake Academy in Apopka, Florida. Bob retired as a Horticulture Specialist from Disney. He enhanced the grounds at Disney and had a passion for gardening and wildlife. He was the director of the Disney World cast members’ Endangered Species Club at Disney, teaching others how to conserve our wildlife and natural resources. In his spare time he could be found gardening, rehabilitating injured animals and building purple martin birdhouses. He enjoyed playing baseball and played on several different leagues. He was proficient at rebuilding and tuning pianos. He was an avid fisherman, winning numerous tournaments. Bob never met a stranger and was generous to anyone who crossed his path. He was innovative and an inspiration to all he met.

 

Robert is survived by his son, Craig Stephens; son, Eric Stephens; Daughter, Julie Shuford; grandchildren, Nicholas and Nathan, brother, Cecil Stephens; significant other & best friend, Margaret Mounce and a host of other relatives and family friends. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and his lovely wife, Lois Arlene Bellore Stephens.

 

At his request, a small graveside service will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Edgewood Greenwood Cemetery in Apopka, Florida. Baldwin Brothers will be directing the service.


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  4. Steve Johnson says:
    15 Jun 2017
    It's been a long time since I've seen "Pops", but he was one of the most influential staff members of FLA, for me. He made us believe he was enthusiastically spending countless hours talking about lawn mowers, tractors and their cutting decks, and then teaching a lot of softball hitting techniques (with a few long-ball hitting exhibitions of his own) to those of us who continually bugged him. For all you younger folks, he could clear 325 - 350ft long before all the composite bats we use today!

    Anyhow, I have a lot of great memories of him, his ball caps, and huge smile. To Eric, and the other family members, I wish you much comfort and know that your family is remembered.

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  12. Lisa Landers DuBose says:
    15 Jun 2017
    Dear Julie and the Stephens Family- Sending my condolences. Prayers and Love for you all

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  29. Marina Koelber says:
    08 Jun 2017
    Uncle Robert will be greatly missed . His great humor and positive attitude was contagious. He had an optimistic outlook and found the silver lining in every situation.

  30. Creighton Edward Stephens says:
    07 Jun 2017
    Cecil,
    I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother. Sending prayers from here in the Philippines. Both love and miss you.

    Creighton

  31. Creighton Edward Stephens lit a candle:
    07 Jun 2017
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