Colonel William F. Stevens
Maiden Name: n/a
Colonel William F. Stevens, 92, passed away on November 12, 2008, in Livermore, California. He was born in Caddo to Eulin Stevens and Jewel Dillard Stevens.
He will be laid to rest with full Military Honors in Arlington National Cemetery. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He graduated during the Great Depression. Despite the poverty brought by the Dust Bowl, he followed a recruiter’s invitation and worked his way through Indiana University mopping floors at the student union. He lettered in football as a starting tackle weighing only 185 pounds. He was proud to note he played offense and defense in the age of leather helmets with no substitutions. He became the first college graduate in his family in 1939.
The attack on Pearl Harbor prompted him to leave his position with Phillips Petroleum to join the Army Air Corp where he served as a navigator/bombardier in the 315th Bomb Wing in WWII.
Colonel Stevens’ military career spanned 28 years during which he flew several different types of planes throughout the world with him retiring as Director of Engineering for the U.S. Air Force.
After the loss of his first wife, he eventually returned to Texas, where he married his high school sweetheart.
Colonel Stevens was preceded in death by his first wife, Adna Madeline Bridges Stevens; his second wife, Inita Beaver Calder Stevens, and five brothers.
He is survived by sisters Nadine Parker and Mary Ellen Evans; children, William Bridges Stevens, Tandy Leone Stevens Gotschall and Riley Randolph Stevens; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.