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William Gaston Hunt Stephens Jr. Obituary

20 Oct 2003 San Francisco Chronicle

STEPHENS, William Gaston Hunt, Jr. - In San Francisco, October 19, 2003. Age 85. Beloved husband of the late Leslie Loupe Stephens; loving son of the late William GH Stephens and Florence M. Stephens; dearly loved brother of Thomas M. Stephens and the late Mildred S. Geen; adored father of Jacqueline S. Meyer, William GH Stephens IV, Leslie S. Parker, and Scott A. Stephens; cherished grandfather of Charles W., William J. and Jack P. Meyer, William GH V, Ryan A., and Justin P. Stephens, Jacqueline A., Charles Jr., and Zachary S. Parker, Christopher H. and Blake A. Stephens; doting great-grandfather of William GH Stephens VI;dearly loved father-in-law of Jill K. Stephens, William C. Parker and Victoria S. Stephens. Treasured grandfather-in-law of Christmas N. Collins, Nikki Stephens, Christian Smelser and Suzie Tatum; faithful companion to "Eightball" Stephens. 

Bill Stephens graduated from Woodland High School, where he was elected student body president and served as editor of the school paper.He went on to be a member of the Class of 1940 at UC Berkeley, where he met his wife of 49 years, Leslie G. Loupe, and became house manager of the Zeta Psi fraternity as well as a member of the Skull and Keys. He garnered his "C" block letter as the manager of the UC Berkeley Tennis team. Attended the Stanford School of Business before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduating from Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. He gallantly served his country in several major military campaigns during World War II, including Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Silver Star Medal for Bravery on July 21, 1944 for his heroic service in Guam during WWII. Over 35 years, he managed several properties including the historic Flood Building at 870 Market Street for the Commercial Management division of Coldwell Banker in San Francisco. Until his death, he continued to work daily as a private real estate consultant to WHERCO, INC. 

He was a member of the Marines Memorial Association (Board of Directors), Presidio Golf Club, Northwood Golf Club and BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association). In his free time, "Wild Bill" was a devoted and caring family man who enjoyed golfing, camping, boating, hunting, abalone diving and waterskiing. On weekends and lazy summer days, one could always find him at the family summer cabin on the Russian River, cooking that secret recipe chicken on his trusted barbeque surrounded by expectant friends, family and neighbors. Bill Stephens will be remembered as a courageous man with strength and conviction to spare. He was both a friend and mentor, and had a zest for life and its simple pleasures. His laughter and wisdom will be sorely missed but fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched. 

Friends and family are invited to attend Memorial Services at 11AM, Thursday, October 23rd, at the Chapel of Our Lady, 45 Moraga Ave., in the Presidio of San Francisco. Donations may be made in Bill's memory to the charity of your choice. HALSTED N. GRAY - CAREW & ENGLISH (415) 673-3000

Owner/SourceSan Francisco Chronicle
Date20 Oct 2003
Linked toWilliam Gaston Hunt STEPHENS

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