Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Obituaries

October 27, 2013

Otto Stephens 1938-2013

Mount Sterling — Russell Otto Stephens Sr., 75, of Mount Sterling, widower of Johnnie Lee Johnson Stephens, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington following an extended illness.

Otto was born Feb. 23, 1938, in Boyd County, a son of the late James Martin and Clora Travis Stephens. Otto was quite the entrepreneur, having previously owned grocery stores, shoe stores, beauty salons, apartments, a rechroming business and a mining company, and he also worked for Addington Brothers. However, he retired most recently as water plant supervisor for the city of Mount Sterling.

Otto was also preceded in death by a brother, Orville Stephens, and two sisters, Virginia Smith and Betty Ruth Douglas.

He is survived by three children, Deborah Stephens Waldrop and husband Jeff of McKinney, Texas, Russell Otto “Rusty” Stephens Jr. and wife Jennifer of Mount Sterling and Brook Stephens and wife Lissa of Fort Meyers, Fla.; a sister, Kathleen Wiley of Ashland; a brother, Jimmy Stephens of Ashland; six grandchildren, Stephen Waldrop, Ellen Waldrop, McKenzee Stephens, Madison Stephens, Tanner Hunt and Taylor Berger; a great-grandchild, Lynnlee Waldrop; and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood by Pastor Tom Burbrink. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park in ashland.  

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, and an hour before services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to canifffuneralhome.com.

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