- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 7, 2004

Col. Stephenson, 76, retired airman

Col. Claude D “Steve” Stephenson Jr., a retired U.S. Air Force member, died at Willow Valley Retirement Community in Lancaster, Pa., on Oct. 11 after a brief illness. He was 76.

Born June 7, 1928, in Dallas, Col. Stephenson served two years in the U.S. Army before attending Southern Methodist University, where he earned an engineering degree.

Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force.

During his 28 years in the Air Force, he was awarded the Air Force Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Unit Citation for service at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

After his retirement from the U.S. Air Force in 1980, he became a consultant for TASC in Reston, as well as pursuing his passion for square dancing. He went on to become a professional square-dance caller and a member of an international association of professional callers.

Col. Stephenson was a resident of Fairfax for most of the past three decades. He moved to the Willow Valley Retirement Community last November.

He and his wife celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in September.

He is survived by his wife, Rena Mae; three daughters, Cynthia L. Muncey of Boylston, Mass., Melinda S. Nash of Springfield, Va., and Patricia A. Stephenson of Annandale, Va.; a son, Claude D Stephenson of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, John R. Stephenson of Hillsboro, Texas; and three children-in-law.

Funeral services have been held. He will be interred Dec. 1 with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

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