James Earl Stephenson

Feb 14, 2014 Staff

James "Jim" Earl Stephenson, formerly of Fremont County, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was 73 years old.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

James "Jim" Earl Stephenson was born Oct. 1, 1940, in Imperial, Neb., the son of Leland Earl and Velma Mae (Phillips) Stephenson. His family moved to Riverton when he was a child, and he attended school there. He later received an associate degree.

He moved to Thermopolis from Jeffrey City in 1973. Until he was disabled, he worked as a lineman for Hot Springs County Rural Electric working in Jeffrey City, Casper and Thermopolis.

He was a former BPOE member and belonged to the Masons.

While in Riverton, he was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing and the Broncos.

He is survived by his children, Richard "Rick" Earl of Eugene, Ore., Rocky James of Sumner, Wash., Darrin Ray Stephenson of Casper and Margo Erlene Stephenson of Sylva, N.C.; brothers Bob Joe Stephenson of Thermopolis and Denny Ray and Richard Leland Stephenson of Lander; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and former spouses Sandy Boss and Juleann Reed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Doris Deteen; stepbrother John Arbenz; and son Randy who died a week before his father.

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