Sept. 22, 1963 — May 19, 2013

After a brief three-day fight for his life, Jerry Dave Stephens of Corvallis passed on to be with the Lord on May 19, 2013.

He was born Sept. 22, 1963, in Aberdeen, Md., to Gene Shannon and Montie Stephens. He and his family moved to Corvallis when he was around age 5, and he lived in Corvallis for most of his life. He married Pattye (Patricia Selfridge) in July 1985.

Jerry learned the trade of concrete from his stepfather, Wayne Shannon of Shannon Concrete. He then worked with many different concrete contractors before starting his own business, Jerry Stephens Concrete, which enabled him to show his true artistic abilities.

Jerry and Pattye spent a lot of their recreational time hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and scuba diving. They worked side by side building their dream home in the mountains, in an area where they could be near fishing and snowmobiling. A special part of their family is Jack and Walker, their dogs and Jerry’s companions.

Besides Pattye, Jerry is survived by his father, Montie Stephens of Lebanon; his mother, Gene Shannon, and stepfather, Wayne Shannon of Waldport; his brother, Daniel Stephens, and his wife, Tina, along with their children, Tye and Tani, of Albany; and sister, Shelley Bolton (Stephens), and her husband, Army Col. KC Bolton of Olympia, Wash. Also surviving him is his grandmother Josephine Arnold of Springfield.

His family and friends will dearly miss the phone calls, barbecued ribs and BIG bear hugs. “We will look forward to the time we’ll be united with him in heaven.”

Services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Crossroads Community Church, 2555 N.W. Highland Drive, Corvallis.

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