Dennis G. Stephens

June 19, 1922 ‒ November 10, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dennis G. Stephens, age 93, of Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at his residence. He was born on June 19, 1922 in India the son of David F. and Evelyn (Mayan) Stephens. Dennis served in the British Indian Army of Engineers from 1941 to 1946 and retired in 1980 after 32 years of employment as an engineer with the India Railroad. He was actively involved with both the Remnant Christian Fellowship and Berean Faith Fellowship churches.

Dennis is survived by his children, Lalini Raj of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Rupa Paul of Port McNeill, B.C. Canada, Joseph Stephens of Montreal, Canada, Sunil Stephens of the Philippines and Samuel Stephens of Austin, Texas, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Lindela (Herbert) Stephens.

Friends may call on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Pastor Gordy Harmon will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dennis’s name may be made to the Berean Faith Fellowship Church, 103 Madison Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 or the Remnant Christian Fellowship, 1662 Cullison Drive, Utica, Ohio 43080.

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  • Mr. Stephens was one of the dearest Christians we have ever met. His life was a living witness and we learned much from his example. I loved seeing our families names in his little black book to be prayed for on a regular basis. We look forward to a reunion one day. John & Judy Wilson – Travelers Rest, SC

  • What a precious and godly friend! Full of wisdom, and so gracious as he shared it. I know he has missed his dear wife, Linda, since she stepped into heaven so many years ago….they are praising Hin together again! What a blessing to have known them!

  • How good is the God we adore.
    Our faithful unchangeable Friend!
    His love is as great as His power,
    And knows neither measure nor end!

    ‘Tis Jesus the First and the Last,
    Whose Spirit shall Guide us safe home,
    We’ll praise Him for all that is past,
    And trust Him for all that’s to come.

    Until we meet again, dearest, faithful, loving, encouraging Brother.

  • Mr. Dennis Stephens touched the lives and hearts of each of the 25 participants of the Distinguished Young Women of Ohio’s Class of 2015, as well as Jen Richards and myself. We were fortunate to meet Mr. Stephens, when Country Club Retirement Campus, hosted the Distinguished Young Women of Ohio Class of 2015.
    Mr. Stephens held our hands, prayed with us, and sang hymns with us, sharing his amazing voice and love for the Lord. I know this “distinguished” gentleman is rejoicing in heaven with his Father. I am thankful that I was listed in his little black prayer book! Prayers and blessings to the family of this amazing man.

    Laura Szenas
    State Chair
    Distinguished Young Women of Ohio

  • Dennis was a dear friend and a gentleman, and best of all a Godly man. I am so blessed to have known him while he lived at CCRC, and I worked there helping with his daily care as an Activities Assistant. We had a common love of the Scrabble game. He was so good at it. Knowing that he cared enough to pray for all those names in his little book is heartwarming. He was an inspiration to us all as he shared his faith through his conversation and his love of singing “How Great Thou Art”.
    I will miss seeing him daily and look forward to the day when I see him again in Glory.
    Barbara Snow

  • I knew Dennis as Grandpa Stevens. He was a dear friend who was a foster Grandparent at our Headstart, Owl Creek. The staff and children loved him!! He once very graciously allowed me to interview him for a college class. He was much loved Susan Kent

  • I still remember Denny Uncle when he came to our house long back, he distinguished even our great grand mother’s organ and my mother Sophie played a Hymn and Denny uncle was singing. Denny uncle was very loving to all and gives a sweet smile when he sees somebody. I still remember that smile. He used to tell about his younger days when he was in our house with my grand father Rev. K. Jesuman, his wife Annie and with my mother Sophie at Tellicherry; Kerala, India. Lastly he came to Kannur & was staying in Mascot Hotel and called all family members for a get together. My self & my sister Romola convey our deepest condolences in this occasion.
    From: Mano & Romola

  • Heartfelt condolences tonLalini Raj and her Sibblings on the passing away of your dear Dad. Ronnie and I remember him fondly as a kind,god fearing uncle who was a Role Model to many,
    .
    Be comforted to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.
    RIP uncle Dennis .
    Regards,
    Ronnie and Sheila Andrews

  • Do not know how to express this special feelng for our dear Dennis Uncle as well as for his loving late wife dear Lynda Aunty, even though only faint memories during my childhood in distant Pappinisseri in the late fifties I think, & then later on during the sixties when our family used to travel by rail road via Madras, once every year up & down Dennis Uncle was the one who made sure our reservations were ok. I even had the honour of staying with Dennis Uncle at his home in Aynavaram, & met lynda Aunty, eldest Daughter Lalini, second daughter Roopa & youngest son Vinod Stephens. We all pray for your entire family at this time of immense grief, may his soul rest in eternal peace. from Anand, wife Sylvia & daughter Sarah, all from Calicut.

  • Our Dennisettan was a special person in the life of my wife, children Jyothish& Rekha& Myself. He regularly prayed for us and kept in touch with us.. I still use his wedding gift to us,Oswald Chamber’s “My Utmost For His Highest” daily. Inside it he wrote wishing us JOY-Jesus, Others and Yourself in that order.He is the first Cousin of my mother in law and had a special relationship with them as a brother and uncle. He will continue to inspire us to be true followers of Jesus Christ all the days of our lives.
    Our heartfelt condolences to the family

  • Dennis uncle was my mother’s first cousin. During his younger days he spent a lot of time with our family & thus we became very close. He loved us all . Later in life he regularly kept in touch with us & regularly prayed for us. He was a true devoted Christian & inspired all of us.to follow the calling of Jesus Christ. We will surely miss him but that inspiration will continue to guide us for the rest of our lives. We share our deepest sorrow with Lalini, Vinod, Rupa,Sam ,Sunil & their families.

  • We had the privilege to meet Mr. Stephens during his visits to Big Stone Gap, Va. We
    were immediately aware of his love of God and his life as a devout Christian. We know
    he was a wonderful example to his children. We see his good qualities and deep faith
    reflected in the life of his daughter, Lalini, our dear friend.

    Lalini, you are in our hearts and prayers. Be thankful that now your dear Father is in
    the presence of his Heavenly Father. He has reached his final destination & reward
    as a child of God. May you feel peace and comfort in this knowledge. God bless you.

    We love you, gigi & don

  • The prayers of the spiritual brothers and sisters of James and Lalini in Wise, Virginia go out to all the family. May our Great Comforter bring His peace and assurance during this difficult time of loss. We mourn with you, and send our love.

  • To all Dennis & Linda’s loved ones, We rejoice knowing that brother Dennis is in heaven. We met Dennis & Linda in 1989 at the Grace Brethren Church. It did not take long to grow close to them. I spent time with Linda when family made trip back to India. We thank God for all their children, and ask the Lord to grant them peace in knowing they are in heaven!!! We love you all. I Thessalonians 4:15-18

  • We rejoice with many saints in knowing without a doubt that our brother is in heaven with his beloved Saviour & Linda. Marty met Dennis & Linda in 1980 at the Grace Brethren Church and soon became friends with Linda, and spent time with her when family traveled to India. We love his family and know we will see them again based on God’s truth. 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

  • My sincere condolences to the family. I have known and worked with his son, Sam, for many, many years and I can only say what a great job Mr. Stephens did raising his family. I know he was very much loved and will be missed greatly.

  • May the peace of God surround your family during this time. I will be lifting each of you up in prayer during the coming months.

  • Our deepest condolences are extended to Chef, Joseph Stephens and his family during this time of their loss.

    Everyone at Christie Gardens, in Toronto.

  • I am one of Dennis Stephens’ granddaughters and remember him as a very kind, religious man that set a good example for everyone. He came to visit us in Port McNeill, BC and I remember the hymns and bible study he would have every night. He also took very good care of my grandmother and I know from my mother’s accounts that he was an excellent father. She loved her daddy. Condolences to all of my mom’s siblings. May he rest in peace.

  • This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long. This hymn sums up how Dennis lived his life. He touched many lives with the love of Jesus. I pray the legacy he lift will continue to bless many generations. Thank you Lord for the friendship many of us enjoyed with Dennis.

  • When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. I extend my most sincere condolences to you and your family!

  • Dennis G. Stephens.
    My Dad,My Hero.

    We lost a wonderful Man,husband,father,grandfather,& great grandfather,who can never be replaced.
    During these difficult days we have been blessed with the loving embrace of our family,relatives and friends.
    My Dad had a lot of great qualities,but the one that stands out the most is his sense of GRATITUDE, first to his heavenly Father and also to his fellowmen/women.Dad was grateful for everything,from the grandest to the simplest of things.I always felt that it came from the fact that he was an orphan boy by age four.Not that he did not have hardships,but he took them in stride.He always talked about how Blessed he was.
    “He who steps on stones is glad to feel the smallest patch of moss beneath his feet”
    Deep Gratitude for what God has blessed us with is one of the least articulate of our emotions.Dad taught me otherwise.This is his Legacy to me.
    It was such a comfort to see, the hundreds of people at the funeral.To know that he had touched so many lives in his own spiritual,prayerful way.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,a smile,a kind word,a listening ear,a honest compliment…. all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
    As the Native American saying goes…..
    “the day you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.so live your life so that when you die,the world cries and you Rejoice” Now he is in GOD’S care.
    Thankyou, dear friends and relatives for your beautiful messages of Hope,Peace and Comfort.
    Lalini