SCOTT CITY - Michael Ray Stephens, 55, died at 9:45 a.m. March 19, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
Born Jan. 7, 1947, in St. Louis, son of the late Charles Zenith and Violet "Lorena" Allen Stephens, he was a locomotive engineer for 32 years with Cotton Belt Railroad and Southern Pacific Railroad. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a paratrooper for the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Ky. He was the local chairman for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Local 442 for 17 years and member of Father's Arms Fellowship in Scott City.
On Feb. 13, 1965, at Cape Girardeau, he married Diane Gulley who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son, Darren Stephens of Scott City; two daughters, Angela Miller of Jonesboro, Ill., and Nichole Baker of Scott City; two brothers, John Stephens of Moore, Okla., and Deon Stephens of McClure, Ill.; one sister, Barbara Barks of Jackson; and five grandchildren, Andrew Stephens, Rachael Stephens, Maldrie Glasco, Makayla Miller and Morgan Baker.
One brother preceded him in death.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City, where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Ken Strong and Mark Fisher will officiate.
The Missouri Military Honors Program will conduct graveside military rites at Lightner Memorial Cemetery at Scott City.
Pallbearers will be: Mark Fisher, Jack Webb, Bill Gibbs, Gene Thompson, John Flynn, Pedro Wadlington, Stanley Myers and Brad Thompson.