David C. Stephens, 55, of Elburn, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Taken too soon, David’s memory lives on through his family and friends that will miss him forever.
He was born Jan. 28, 1957, in Sycamore, Ill., the son of Charles and Lois (Freeman) Stephens.
David grew up in Elburn and attended Kaneland High School. After graduating with the class of 1975, David worked locally for a time, including a stint at Harms Chevrolet detailing cars, before beginning a 20-year career at St. Charles Kitchens until they closed their doors. He then found work at Seimens in West Chicago and became supervisor shortly after.
David’s heart beat for only one woman, and her name was Lisa Schusler. They were united in marriage in October 1981, and welcomed home a son, Matthew, within the year. They began their new life in Elburn on Welter Road for a time, but although they remain the best of friends and loving parents, David and Lisa parted ways.
David continued to live in Elburn making memories but his time was cut short, and only God knows why. It broke his family to lose him, but if there is anything that is certain in this world, it is that he will never be forgotten.
As a young man, as many young men before and since, David was an expert at mischief—much to the consternation of his parents, but to the delight of his partner in crime, his brother. David’s radio was always tuned to his favorite rock bands, but he turned up the volume whenever AC/DC or Black Sabbath came on.
While fishing in nearby creeks with his son, David would throw stones in the barns to make pigeons fly because it made his son laugh. Trips to Tennessee over the Fourth of July were when he looked forward to sitting back and casting his line.
David was a serious, hardcore Chicago Bears fan every Sunday. Even when his son lived in Minnesota, they talked all about how great or how horrible they played.
David was a soft-spoken man who let his actions speak volumes and wore his heart on his sleeve. His work ethic was as strong as his faith, and he was proud of both. Vehicles were spotless and showroom ready. However, that dedication did not extend to his home.
He is survived by his son, Matthew (Shuntel) Stephens and their children, Jaden and Dylan, of Kiester, Minn.; three siblings, Lynn (Kenny) Wilkinson, Karen (John) Wilkinson and Kevin (Teresa) Stephens; several nieces, nephews and a family of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lois.
Visitation was held Sunday, with a prayer service to celebrate his life at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in David’s name to benefit the education of his grandchildren, who were the apples of his eyes. Checks may be made to the “David Stephens Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.